COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Challenge Aims to Improve Men’s Mental Health During COVID-19
Movember: Social Connections Challenge
Movember is dedicated to changing the face of men’s health. Movember sees an opportunity within COVID-19 to tackle men’s mental health by launching the Social Connections Challenge in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The Challenge seeks digital and technology-based solutions that are being utilized to maintain men’s social connections and manage their isolation while needing to be physically apart. Project ideas should be practical and new solutions to addressing the underlying causes of social isolation and loneliness. Solutions can move beyond international borders to include any of the five participating countries and be developed collaboratively. Individuals and organizations based in a participating country are eligible to apply. The deadline to register online and submit a pitch is October 15, 2020. Visit the Movember website to download the Challenge criteria and submit an idea.
Funding Aids Ontario Organizations
Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund
The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, aims to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. The Resilient Communities Fund supports the nonprofit sector to recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 are provided for projects of eligible nonprofit organizations to aid their medium- to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization, and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. Eligible applicants include community-based or provincial nonprofits delivering services and programs in Ontario. The remaining application deadline is December 2, 2020. Further details on the Fund are available on the Foundation’s website.
COVID-19 Grants Target Company Communities
Teck Community Response Fund
The Teck Community Response Fund is a community investment fund to support critical social and health initiatives in the areas where Teck operates in Canada, Alaska, and Chile, with dedicated support for Indigenous communities. Company communities in Canada include locations in Alberta and British Columbia. Organizations directly engaged in local COVID-19 response or those experiencing significant organizational continuity impacts resulting from COVID-19 may apply. Support will be provided for community-level COVID-19 and emergency response preparedness or health interventions and support for frontline workers; immediate needs of vulnerable community members, including access to food, hygiene, housing, and other basic needs; access to information, tools, and support services to safeguard personal health, safety, and resiliency; and organizational continuity of charitable and nonprofit organizations, especially those delivering essential services. Typical contributions will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Teck website to start the online application process by completing the eligibility assessment.
Health Promotion Research Supported
Fundación MAPFRE (MAPFRE Foundation): Ignacio H. de Larramendi Research Grants
The Ignacio H. de Larramendi Research Grants program, an initiative of Fundación MAPFRE (MAPFRE Foundation), provides support for research in the area of health promotion. Interests include strategies for habit change (prevention of obesity and promotion of physical activity), patient education, physical injury assessment, and health management (clinical quality and safety). For the 2020 call, special attention will be given to projects which, while taking into account the previous topics, incorporate aspects related to COVID-19 such as reducing infections, self-care and the culture of self-protection, relationship between previous health status (lifestyle) and morbimortality, COVID-19 and mental health, etc. Academic and professional researchers and research teams around the world are eligible to apply. The deadline for registering and submitting the documents to apply is October 30, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2020 call and application form.
National Funding Opportunities
Funding Available for Indigenous Youth Leaders
Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund
The Samuel Connected North Youth Leadership Fund was established to support emerging Indigenous youth leaders creating meaningful change within and beyond their communities. The Fund offers the following types of grants: Travel Grants cover travel and registration costs for conferences, gatherings, and learning opportunities. Community Project Grants support social entrepreneurship and leadership initiatives. In addition, Equipment Loans of video and audio equipment for digital projects are available. Individuals between the ages of 15 and 35 who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit and reside in Canada are eligible to apply. Online applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about each type of support.
Support for Arts, Education, and Health Initiatives Across Canada
The Molson Foundation
The Molson Foundation brings together community organizations and institutions from across Canada to shape innovation and create lasting change for the benefit of society. Areas of interest include education, health, and arts and humanities. The Foundation usually provides organizations with either seed funding, or one-payment grants. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. There is no specific deadline for submission of grant applications. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about their areas of interest and apply online.
Programs to Increase Access to Mental Health Services Funded
RBC Youth Mental Well-Being Project
The RBC Youth Mental Well-Being Project, an initiative of the Royal Bank of Canada, supports programs across Canada that address youth and family’s immediate need to access mental health services. Funding is provided for programs that deliver services to youth 13 to 24 years of age and, where applicable, their families. Areas of focus include navigation programs that directly connect youth and families with mental well-being services as well as technology-based solutions that increase remote access to care. Grants may also be provided for other programs that increase access to care if they are collaborative, have proven results, and can demonstrate successful outcomes. Priority is given to programs that increase collaboration across service providers to reduce fragmentation. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the RBC website to download the application form or apply online.
Conservation Efforts in Canada and the U.S. Supported
Fund for Wild Nature
The Fund for Wild Nature invests in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts in Canada and the United States that meet emerging needs for protecting biodiversity and wilderness. Small grants are provided for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. The Fund supports biocentric goals that are premised on effective and intelligible strategies, and gives special consideration to ecological issues not currently receiving sufficient public attention and funding. Examples of funded activities include advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. The annual submission deadlines are May 1 and October 1. Visit the Fund’s website to review a blank application and take the online eligibility quiz.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Programs Build Capacity of Organizations in Alberta and Saskatchewan
The Muttart Foundation
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 Foundation provides funding through its training program and bursary program to social services charities and early childhood education and care charities. The training program supports the joint training initiatives of two or more organizations that address a specific training need for staff or key volunteers. The bursary program awards grants to pay for tuition or registration fees for short-term courses, workshops, conferences, or other formal training opportunities of charity staff or volunteers. There is no deadline to apply. Visit the Foundation’s website to read the guidelines and access the online application for each program.
Funds for Salmon Conservation in British Columbia and the Yukon
Pacific Salmon Foundation
The Pacific Salmon Foundation is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their natural habitats in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation’s Community Salmon Program supports volunteer and community-driven organizations that undertake salmon conservation and restoration projects. Types of supported projects include habitat assessment and rehabilitation, stock assessment and enhancement, community stewardship, and education, outreach, and training. Nonprofit organizations and volunteer-based groups are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by October 15, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the online application portal.
Grants Benefit Mining Communities in Canada and the U.S.
Western Mining Action Network/Indigenous Environmental Network: Mining Mini-Grant Program
The Mining Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by the Western Mining Action Network (WMAN), Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), offers financial grant assistance to communities threatened or adversely affected by mining in Canada and the United States. Grants of $3,000 and $5,000 support projects that strive to protect the environment, ecosystems, cultural resources, and community health from mining impacts, including projects that may require scientific, legal, or technical expertise. Priority is given to community-based grassroots groups affected by mining. Funding is also provided to regional and national organizations in Canada and the U.S. working on mining-specific issues. The annual application deadlines are February 1, June 1, and October 1. Visit the WMAN website to download the 2019-20 Mini-Grant Guidelines.
Community-Based Projects in Saskatchewan Supported
Community Initiatives Fund
The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF), a special purpose fund created through the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation Act, seeks to invest in community-based initiatives throughout Saskatchewan that strengthen the capacity of communities. The Community Grant Program supports projects that fall within the following themes: healthy growth and development of children and youth, individual and community well-being, and nonprofit and community leadership. Grants range up to $25,000 for local projects and $50,000 for provincial projects. Eligible applicants include incorporated Saskatchewan nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to benefit Saskatchewan communities as well as municipalities, health regions, schools, or school boards proposing community-based, community-led projects. The next application deadline is October 1, 2020. Learn more about the funding themes by downloading the Community Grant Program Guidelines from the CIF website.
Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Enhance Safety for Organizations Vulnerable to Hate Crime
Public Safety Canada
The Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program provides funding to private, nonprofit organizations that are at risk of being victimized by hate-motivated crime. This program helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for places of worship, community centers, and provincially and territorially recognized private educational institutions. Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum Public Safety Canada contribution of $100,000 per project. The deadline to submit an application is October 31, 2020.
Efforts to Strengthen Canada’s Arts Sector Funded
Canada Council for the Arts
The Sector Innovation and Development component of Supporting Artistic Practice funds Canadian groups, organizations, and cultural connectors for projects targeted towards growing and improving the arts sector. Grants encourage initiatives that strengthen and develop support for Canadian artists. Project grants are awarded for single activities. The upcoming deadline for project grants is November 9, 2020.
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Developing Your Nonprofit's Remote Workforce
Has the transition to an online work environment posed challenges for your organization? Bloomerang's upcoming webinar "Developing Your Nonprofit's Remote Workforce" will discuss the unique benefits and challenges of a remote workforce and how employers can continue to develop their capabilities. Participants will leave with at least one custom action they can take to begin creating a more effective remote workforce in their organizations. This free webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
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The Power of 3: Capital Campaigns With CampaignCounsel.org
Is a capital campaign in your future? You’re not alone, as 74% of nonprofits recently indicated they were in a campaign or planning one. These three webinars, presented by Kevin Wallace and Carlyn Runnels of CampaignCounsel.org, are designed to help your nonprofit organization understand and prepare for the process of raising big dollars for capital projects. The first webinar, Are You Ready for a Capital Campaign?, will help you ask and answer six questions vital to preparing for the pre-campaign process and the campaign itself. In the second webinar, Essential Capital Campaign Preparations, learn about the pre-campaign steps of needs assessments and feasibility studies, what to expect from these tools, and how they can help you understand the financial capacity of your organization and its donors. The third webinar, The Stages and Challenges to Expect During a Capital Campaign, will help you understand the five phases typical to most capital campaigns and the stages and challenges that come with each phase. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s readiness to take on a capital campaign or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, development directors, and board leaders from a broad range of nonprofit organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for the Power of 3 is Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
FREE Webinar: Ten Ways to Learn Online With GrantStation (NEW)
In this 30-minute free webinar, Sage Adams, GrantStation's Chief Technology Officer and Senior Instructional Designer, will guide you through ten ways to learn online with GrantStation. You can use this knowledge to increase your expertise in grant research, proposal writing, grant management, and strategic planning, no matter your level of expertise or role in your organization. We'll go over the various tools and resources you can use—some free and some paid—to help you advance your knowledge and understanding and stay current with trends in the industry. Overall, you'll learn how to use the GrantStation tools to meet your nonprofit learning needs and come away with a more thorough understanding of the various learning tools GrantStation offers and how to access and make best use of them. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
LIVE Workshop: Powerful Presentations—Design and Deliver Presentations for Maximum Impact
"I am looking for tools and tricks for making complicated data and information look exciting and compelling for a range of audiences." "My biggest goal is to disseminate our findings more widely with staff, which means learning how to communicate data to folks who often don't consider themselves 'data people.'" "I am struggling with how to make my slides less text-driven." Does this sound familiar? If so, our Powerful Presentations online workshop may be for you. In this 90-minute live training, Ann K. Emery will go over a dozen techniques for delivering effective data presentations. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
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