National Funding Opportunities
Beehive Donations Facilitate Environmental Education
Whole Kids Foundation: Bee Grant
The mission of the Whole Kids Foundation is to support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. The Foundation’s Bee Grant program allows for schools and nonprofit organizations in Canada and the U.S. to receive support for educational beehives, so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in the food system. Four grant options are available: 1) a monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey beehive educational program; 2) an equipment grant of a custom-made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project; 3) an equipment grant for an outdoor hive with a starter kit; and 4) an equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with a starter kit. All equipment grants include a monetary grant of $300 to cover the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project. Applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to register for a webinar about the Bee Grant program.
Support for Arts and Media Projects Fostering Social Change
Inspirit Foundation: Change Systems
The Inspirit Foundation envisions a more inclusive and pluralist Canada where differences are valued and engaged, and everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive both socially and economically. The Foundation’s priority issue areas include addressing Islamophobia and fostering reconciliation. Grants are available through the Change Systems program, which funds systems-focused projects that use arts and media strategies to engage Canadians on pressing social issues that intersect with ethnic, racial, or religious discrimination. Support is provided for projects that 1) aim to shift system structures, practices, policies, or processes in order to address discrimination and foster more equitable access; or 2) spark compelling new narratives that challenge harmful stereotypes, shed light on systemic drivers of critical social issues, and inspire action to shift resources, values, power, mindsets, or infrastructure. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about their work and the Change Systems program.
Funding Available for Waterfowl Conservation Initiatives
Wildlife Habitat Canada: Conservation Stamp Program
Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) seeks to conserve, restore, and enhance wildlife habitat in Canada. WHC’s Conservation Stamp Program funds conservation projects across Canada that are relevant under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and positively impact regional and local habitats of other migratory game birds. Grant categories consist of the following: Habitat Conservation Grants for direct, on-the-ground habitat conservation activities; Research Grants for projects that focus on furthering the understanding of waterfowl or habitat conservation; Conservation Networking Grants for wetland education, hunter education, and hunter recruitment projects; and Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants for Murre conservation activities and management. In order to be eligible for support, a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio must be demonstrated. Eligible applicants include Canadian nonprofit and indigenous organizations, associations and wildlife management boards, academic institutions, for-profit organizations, local organizations, and municipal and local governments. Applications must be submitted by October 16, 2019. Visit the WHC website to review the funding guidelines and learn more about each grant category.
Grants Promote Japanese Performing Arts in Canada and the U.S.
Japan Foundation, Toronto: Performing Arts Japan Program
The mission of the Japan Foundation is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Performing Arts Japan Program provides financial assistance to organizations in Canada (Japan Foundation, Toronto) and the U.S. (Japan Foundation, New York) that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. The following types of grants are available: PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in Canada and the U.S., with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and Canadian/American artists develop new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to Canadian/American audiences. Registered charities based in Canada and U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications must be received by mail or hand delivery by October 31, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2020-2021 application materials.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Support for Children’s Sports in British Columbia Communities
Freshslice Cares, an initiative of Freshslice Pizza, envisions an active, healthy British Columbia where sports inspire youth and promote the health and well-being of communities. Freshslice Cares supports nonprofit sports organizations in company communities that offer meaningful services to children in the area of sports. Priority is given to direct service projects. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Visit Freshslice Pizza’s website to download the grant application, which includes submission guidelines.
Grants for Cardiovascular Health
Canadian Pacific: CP Has Heart
CP Has Heart is Canadian Pacific's (CP’s) giving program that focuses on improving the heart health of men, women, and children across North America, starting with those in the communities CP railway serves. The vast majority of people today have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and CP is trying to make a real difference in this highly preventable and increasingly treatable disease. CP funds initiatives for cardiac research, equipment, and treatment. Support is provided through donations and sponsorships, with funding ranging up to $50,000. Eligible applicants include registered charities, established nonprofit community organizations, hospital foundations, and social service agencies which are located in and serve communities within the vicinity of CP operations. Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2019. Visit CP’s website (https://www.cpr.ca/en/community/cp-has-heart/community-fund) to review full funding guidelines.
Funding Available for Youth-Led Efforts to Combat Bullying in Saskatchewan
SaskTel Be Kind Online
SaskTel Be Kind Online aims to end bullying and cyberbullying in SaskTel communities. Grants of up to $1,000 support youth-led initiatives to address bullying and cyberbullying within the province of Saskatchewan, with the goal of empowering youth to take action in their communities to spread kindness, positivity, and connectedness. The grant provides youth the opportunity to collaborate with others to find solutions to stop bullying and inspire others to do the same. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Sasktel Be Kind Online website to apply online.
Support for Legal Research Projects in Quebec
Fondation du Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar Foundation)
The Fondation du Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar Foundation) aims to promote the progress of society through the rule of law and the advancement of legal knowledge. The Foundation supports legal research projects, with a current focus on how private modes of prevention and dispute resolution are transforming the justice system. Only work leading to the publication of the original edition of the work or article may be considered. Applications are accepted from any individual, group, or organization. The deadline to apply is October 15, 2019. Visit the French version of the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant program and apply online or contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org for any additional information.
Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Enhance Women and Children’s Health in Developing Countries
Global Affairs Canada
The “Health and Rights for Women, Adolescent Girls and Children” call for proposals supports projects in developing countries that improve the quality of, access to, and demand for integrated health services and information for women, adolescents, and children at the community, health facility, and health system levels. The total amount of funding available under this call is approximately $325 million over five years. At least 50% of the funding will be allocated to projects that address sexual and reproductive health and rights on identified critical gap areas. Registered charities based in Canada are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted online by October 10, 2019.
Aboriginal Legal Projects Supported
Department of Justice Canada
The Justice Partnership and Innovation Program aims to improve equality for Indigenous Peoples in Canada’s legal system. Funding is provided for projects that help to support the development, use, and understanding of Indigenous laws and access to justice in accordance with the unique cultures of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, including those involving First Nations, Inuit, and Métis legal traditions. Eligible applicants include Canadian educational institutions, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations, Bands, Tribal Councils, and self-governing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2019.
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