GrantStation Canadian Insider - June 2024

Volume VI | Issue 5

Note: The GrantStation Canadian Insider will be on hiatus for July but will return for the August issue.

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National Funding 
Opportunities available throughout Canada


Technology Donations Benefit Canadian Organizations and Libraries

TechSoup Canada

Application deadline: None for registrations
Description: TechSoup Canada is the go-to resource for enhancing the tech capabilities of nonprofits, charities, and libraries. The Technology Donations Program provides eligible organizations with access to discounted or donated software and technology from leading companies like Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, DocuSign, DonorPerfect, GrantStation, Intuit, Lenovo, Microsoft, Norton, Wix, and Zoom. To take advantage of these incredible offers, organizations must register with TechSoup Canada and explore the product catalogue. Eligibility criteria vary by donor partner.

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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Civic Engagement, Environment, and Housing Efforts Supported

Catherine Donnelly Foundation

Application deadline: July 12, 2024
Description: The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is committed to transforming the lives of those in underinvested communities in Canada. The Foundation provides support in the following areas: 1) civic engagement for social change, including groups and organizations that use popular education processes to promote a more just, equitable, and democratic society, especially for groups systemically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life; 2) environment, with a focus on fostering a diverse and inclusive climate justice movement, where communities and voices that are underserved lead the path forward to a climate-safe, resilient, caring, and socially-just future; and 3) housing, including projects that address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing through research, policy development, communication initiatives, capacity building, and advocacy within the sector. Registered charities and registered nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. 

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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Funds Facilitate Healing for Residential School Survivors

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Na-mi-quai-ni-mak Community Support Fund

Application deadline: None
Description: The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of Canadian residential school survivors, families, and communities are honored and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR's Na-mi-quai-ni-mak Community Support Fund provides small grants to Indigenous communities, survivor organizations, and registered nonprofit organizations for community-based healing and remembrance honoring residential school survivors. Supported activities include, but are not limited to, community-led healing gatherings, ceremonial activities, memorial or commemorative markers, and maintenance of burial sites. Grants are awarded to projects that have demonstrated inclusion of residential school survivors as central to the planning and execution of the commemoration or gathering.

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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Grants Promote Economic Justice, Democracy, and Human Rights

Unifor: Social Justice Fund

Application deadline: September 2, 2024
Geographic scope: Canada and global
Description: Unifor, Canada's largest private sector union, is dedicated to tackling the social and economic conditions that contribute to injustice and inequality to improve the lives of workers, families, and other marginalized communities in Canada and around the world. Through the Social Justice Fund, Unifor supports national (Canadian) and international non-governmental organizations, community organizations, advocacy groups, and trade unions in their efforts to strengthen democracy, promote equitable development, provide humanitarian assistance, reduce economic insecurity, and support human rights.

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


Regional Funding 
Opportunities for specific geographic areas

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Funding Improves the Quality of Life in Atlantic Canada

Harrison McCain Foundation

Application deadline: The remaining 2024 deadlines are August 15 and November 15.
Geographic scope: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island
Description: The Harrison McCain Foundation supports community initiatives primarily in Atlantic Canada. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: 1) Atlantic Canadian post-secondary educational institutions, primarily through scholarships and bursaries; 2) community organizations, with a preference given to locations where McCain Foods operations are based; and 3) arts, culture, health, social service, science, and environmental initiatives.

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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Grants Bolster Mental Health Services in Nova Scotia

Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia: Community Grants

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted from July 4 to August 15, 2024.
Geographic scope: Nova Scotia
Grant amount: Up to $25,000
Description: The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Nova Scotians by supporting mental health and addiction initiatives. Through the Community Grants program, the Foundation provides funding to charities, community groups, and organizations for community-based mental health services and supports. Applicants should demonstrate evidence-based measurable impact, support for racialized or marginalized communities, and collaboration and partnership. 

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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BC Visual Arts and Wildlife Conservation Initiatives Funded

Audain Foundation

Application deadline: None for inquiries
Geographic scope: Primarily British Columbia
Description: The Audain Foundation primarily supports the visual arts and wildlife conservation in British Columbia. In the area of visual arts, the Foundation supports innovative exhibitions, education programs, publications, and art acquisitions, with special privilege given to British Columbian artists and Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec and in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada. In the area of wildlife conservation, the Foundation supports organizations carrying out research, demonstration, and educational projects with the purpose of protecting and conserving wildlife in British Columbia’s land and surrounding waters. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. 

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


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Support Enables Organizations in AB and SK to Access Training

Muttart Foundation: Training Program

Application deadline: None
Geographic scope: Alberta and Saskatchewan
Grant amount: Generally less than $5,000
Description: The Muttart Foundation works to improve the early education and care of young children and to strengthen the charitable sector in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The training program supports the joint training initiatives of two or more organizations that address a specific training need for staff or key volunteers. Funding is awarded to cover course or workshop fees, instructor or consultant fees, room rental, and on occasion the consultant’s travel or accommodation expenses. Eligible applicants consist of registered charities based in Alberta or Saskatchewan that work in social services or early childhood education and care. Regional and national umbrella organizations that serve the charitable sector as a whole or the early childhood education and care sub-sector are also eligible to apply.

Funder Profile   Available to Members of GrantStation


Government Funding 
Opportunities from the Canadian government

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Grants Enhance the Well-Being of Veterans and Their Families

Veterans Affairs Canada

Application deadline: July 12, 2024
Geographic scope: Canada
Grant amount: Grants range up to $500,000 per year; contributions range up to $1 million per year. 
Description: The Veteran and Family Well-being Fund provides grants and contributions to private, public, or academic organizations to conduct research and implement initiatives and projects that support the well-being of veterans and their families. Funding supports a wide range of projects, such as suicide prevention research, initiatives that help homeless veterans find housing, or any innovative projects that contribute to the well-being of veterans and their families. Eligible applicants include nonprofit, for-profit, and Indigenous organizations; research institutes; educational institutions; and public health and social services institutions. 


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Funding Improves Training for Oral Healthcare Providers

Health Canada

Application deadline: July 31, 2024
Geographic scope: Canada
Grant amount: A total of $25 million will be awarded for the 2025-26 fiscal year. 
Description: The Oral Health Access Fund is a new grants and contributions funding program that aims to expand access to oral healthcare in Canada by supporting projects that reduce or remove non-financial barriers to accessing oral healthcare for targeted populations. Funding will be provided for projects that aim to connect people to oral healthcare, deliver prevention and education efforts to improve oral health, and improve training and capacity for oral healthcare providers. The current call for proposals will fund projects that address competency gaps related to the treatment of targeted populations and training adaptation to ensure sufficient hands-on training opportunities. Accredited and non-accredited oral health training institutions can apply, including those that are nonprofit, publicly funded, and privately funded. This includes training institutions providing programs for all six oral health professions: dentistry, denturism, dental hygiene, dental therapy, dental assisting, and dental technology.


PathFinder: Featured Resource 
A library of quality resources for nonprofit leaders and grant professionals

Nonprofit Social Media Content Planner

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Online Education
Upcoming live webinars

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Develop Proposals to Enhance Arts and Culture

Webinar date: June 25, 2024, 2:00 to 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Description: Arts and culture nonprofits foster creativity and build vibrant communities. However, securing the necessary funding through grants remains a formidable challenge for many organizations. In this focused webinar, Alice Ruhnke will share knowledge and tools tailored for organizations dedicated to promoting arts and culture in their communities. This session is perfect for grantwriters, fundraisers, program staff, or leaders of organizations building more creative communities through arts and culture who want to improve their grants success.


(FREE) Your Guide to GS: Features, Tools, & Updates

Webinar date: June 26, 2024, 2:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Description: Finding the funds needed to fulfill your mission is a never-ending challenge for all nonprofits. During this live demo and Q&A session, Jeremy Smith, Director of Communications Technology, and Kerry Glauser, Director of Research, will show you how you can use GrantStation to complete your grant research quickly and get high-quality results. You’ll see how you can find and vet funding opportunities in a quick, streamlined fashion, so you and your staff can focus on what's most important—serving your community.


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(FREE) Read Between the Lines: How to Read a Request for Proposals

Webinar date: July 8, 2024, 2:00 to 2:45 PM Eastern Time
Description: While each funder’s application guidelines will look different from those of other funders, usually they are not that different. Most funders ask for essentially the same things in their guidelines, also commonly called a Request for Proposals (RFP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), or a Request for Applications (RFA). The key to success is understanding exactly what funders are looking for and knowing how to tailor information to each specific funder’s format so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for each application. During this TargetED, Alice Ruhnke will outline how to read an RFP and set up your responses to meet each grantmaker’s instructions.


GrantStation Announcements 
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