COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.
National Funding Opportunities
Grants Promote Positive Role of Dogs in Canada
Canadian Kennel Club Foundation: Pawsitivity Grants
The Canadian Kennel Club Foundation's Pawsitivity Grants seek to celebrate and enhance the benefits dogs bring to their owners and to Canadian society. Grants averaging $2,500, and up to a maximum of $10,000, are provided to projects that help dogs help people or promote the positive role dogs play in Canadian society. Examples of funded activities include education on or promotion of responsible dog ownership, public service dog training, or education on raising healthy and well-adjusted dogs. Applications for funding are accepted at any time throughout the year and will be awarded until the annual budget for the year has been reached. (Applying early in the year is strongly recommended.) Visit the Canadian Kennel Club Foundation's website for more information and to download the application form.
Canadian Environmental Initiatives Supported
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada. The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and greenspace programs. Eligible projects include citizen science initiatives, community gardens, environmental education, outdoor classrooms and nature play, park programming and revitalization, schoolyard greening, tree planting, and urban greening projects. Eligible applicants include registered charities, municipalities, Indigenous groups and communities, and primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions. The application deadline is on July 15th and January 15th of each year. Visit the Foundation's website to review the grant overview and common questions.
Indigenous Youth Projects Funded Across Canada
Canadian Roots Exchange: CREation Community Grants Program
The Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE), a Canadian national Indigenous youth-led organization, envisions a future where Indigenous youth are empowered and connected as dynamic leaders in vibrant and thriving communities. CRE's CREation Community Grants Program is a multi-level funding program that supports strengths-based, community-focused, and youth-led projects taking place in communities across Canada. Grassroots youth groups/collectives made up of Indigenous youth ages 15 to 29 are eligible to apply for funding to support community programs and projects while receiving innovative mentorship, training, and capacity-building opportunities. Funding is provided to projects and groups that seek to create impactful community change and increase the wellness, resiliency, and engagement of Indigenous youth. The next application intake will be open from June 1 to June 30, 2022. Applications will be accepted for the following grant streams: Youth Empowerment Stream: Sprout (grants of up to $2,500); Youth Empowerment Stream: Blossom (grants of up to $5,000); and Digital Sharing and Storytelling (grants of up to $20,000). Additional 2022 intake rounds will accept applications in a variety of other grant streams. Visit the CRE website for further information.
Giving Program Fosters Diversity, Food Sustainability, and Technology Education
SkipTheDishes Corporate Giving Program
SkipTheDishes, a food delivery network, engages with nonprofits, social enterprises, and educational institutions across Canada to support causes that reflect the company's community goals. The company's interests include diversity and inclusivity, food sustainability, and education and skill development in technology. Partnership requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the company's website to learn more about the areas of interest and submit a partnership application online.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Projects Benefiting Company Communities Funded
Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada
The Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada provides support for projects and initiatives to improve quality of life in the regions where the Rio Tinto company operates in Canada, including locations in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec. Each year, over $10 million is awarded to initiatives in the areas of culture and heritage, education, health and well-being, environment, community, and reducing inequalities. Priority is given to projects that support Indigenous communities. Registered Canadian charitable or nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Rio Tinto website to learn more about the funding areas and criteria.
Fellowship and Grant for Young Ontario Changemakers
Ontario Community Changemakers
Ontario Community Changemakers, a program powered by 8 80 Cities and funded by Balsam Foundation, is a fellowship and micro-grant program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to activate public space, enhance civic engagement, and foster social inclusion in Ontario. Individuals 19 to 35 years old that live in Ontario and whose projects take place in Ontario, or in a First Nations within Ontario, are eligible to apply. Projects should fall within the following areas: activating public space, including sidewalks, streets, parks, plazas, trails, libraries, and community centers; enhancing civic engagement, including projects that spur people to take collective action and increase community participation in civic processes; and fostering social inclusion, including projects addressing barriers to accessing public spaces and participating in public life. Selected participants will attend the Studio, a three-day program that will allow them to develop the skills to become city-building leaders within their community, and will receive project management training, $5,000 (CAD) in seed funding to implement a community project, ongoing support and mentorship, access to a provincial network of peers and community leaders, and opportunities to be publicly recognized and promoted. Applications from BIPOC applicants and individuals with lived experiences that are currently underrepresented in the placemaking sector are strongly encouraged. The application deadline is June 19, 2022. Visit the Ontario Community Changemakers website for more information.
Family Literacy Programs in Manitoba Funded
The Winnipeg Foundation: Literacy for Life Grants
The Winnipeg Foundation's Literacy for Life Grants support family literacy programs in community centers and libraries across the province of Manitoba. Family literacy programs include children and parents/caregivers participating together in activities that emphasize intergenerational learning. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to Manitoba-based registered charities. The remaining 2022 deadlines are June 1 and October 1. Visit the Foundation's website to download the Literacy for Life grant policies and guidelines, budget template, and instructions on how to apply online.
Grants Enhance Respiratory Health in British Columbia
TB Vets Charitable Foundation
The TB Vets Charitable Foundation is dedicated to arming frontline medical heroes with life-saving respiratory equipment in British Columbia. The Foundation provides grants to purchase respiratory equipment or to fund research, training, and programs that support respiratory causes. Eligible applicants include hospitals, universities, search and rescue teams, and related institutions. Applications must be submitted by June 10, 2022. Visit the TB Vets website to complete the online application form.
Government Funding Opportunities
Funding Available to Strengthen Food Systems in Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is aimed at community-based nonprofit organizations with a mission to reduce food insecurity by establishing and strengthening local food systems. Support is provided for projects that either create a portion of (or expand) a food system or implement an entire food system. Projects must be infrastructure specific and community-driven and be dedicated to improving access to healthy, nutritious, and local foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity. The current application intake period will end on July 15, 2022.
Grants Aim to Improve Mental Health of Alberta First Responders
Government of Alberta
First Responders' Mental Health Grants support efforts to provide or improve services for first responders in Alberta living with or at risk for post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI). Funding is provided through two streams: Stream 1 (Services) provides funding for nonprofit organizations that provide services to first responders and emergency healthcare workers living with or at risk for PTSI. Stream 2 (Research) supports researchers engaged in applied research that generates evidence on prevention or intervention for first responders and emergency healthcare workers living with or at risk for PTSI. The deadline to apply is June 13, 2022.
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What's the Giving Pledge? A Philanthropy Scholar Explains
Have you heard of the Giving Pledge, but aren't sure exactly what it entails? The article "What's the Giving Pledge? A Philanthropy Scholar Explains" might help to shed some light on this topic. Published on The Conversation, this article provides a brief overview of what the Giving Pledge is and why it matters.
Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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FREE: Tour of the GrantStation Website
Curious to know exactly what resources are at your fingertips when you enter the GrantStation website? Join Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications Technology, and Kerry Glauser, Research Specialist, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. Jeremy will demonstrate all of the GrantStation features, including how to best use the searchable databases of private funders, how to navigate government funding sources, and how to set up and use your personal dashboard. This quick overview is a great way for current Members to ensure that they are getting the most out of their Membership, and for potential Members to see GrantStation in action! The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
The Low-Down on Executive Summaries and Letters of Inquiry
How do you keep appeals "short and sweet" while still making sure they are complete? This micro-course focuses on the skills needed to break down a large proposal and effectively communicate key information in the form of an executive summary or letter of inquiry. Join Marie Palacios to learn what donors are looking for in these "compact proposal" narratives and what should be reserved for the full proposal or in-person dialogue. In this session, you'll learn the difference between an executive summary and a letter of inquiry, key components of an executive summary and a letter of inquiry, quick tips to make sure every sentence packs a punch and gets the donor's attention, and helpful hints on what NOT to include in an executive summary or letter of inquiry. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Building a Grantseeking Calendar for 2022-2023
Developing a strategic approach for each project or program (even general operating expenses) that needs funding will, simply put, result in a higher rate of success. Join GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams, in this information-packed training focused on a step-by-step process to help you develop your grantseeking calendar for 2022-23. With so many unknowns when it comes to fundraising, having a strong grantseeking plan in place is essential to keeping your organization financially healthy. Learning objectives for this training are to identify tools and resources to help build a solid grantseeking program; develop a grants research process that is both consistent and efficient; consider different strategic approaches to funding each program or project; and develop a plan of action in order to secure the funds needed. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.
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