COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.
National Funding Opportunities
Funding Available to Combat Hunger in Canada
Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security: Feed Opportunity Fund
The Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security seeks to advance food security in Canada. The Centre’s Feed Opportunity Fund supports compelling ideas and approaches that can contribute to a reduction in food insecurity. Support is provided for projects that address one or more of the following focus areas: increase physical access to food, make food consistently available, increase affordability of food, and increase access to financial benefits. Initiatives should seek to advance new ideas or fill knowledge gaps on food security and insecurity, demonstrate an innovative approach, and test measurable hypotheses. In 2021, applications will be accepted for Project Grants, which typically range from $25,000 to $150,000 annually and support initiatives that go beyond emergency food relief to help reduce barriers to food security for food-insecure individuals and households. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. Letters of intent must be submitted by November 12, 2021. Visit the Feed Opportunity website to review the read about the program and application process.
Grants Advance Climate Resilience in North America
Commission for Environmental Cooperation - EJ4Climate: Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Grant Program
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect, and enhance the North American environment in support of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. CEC's Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Grant Program (EJ4Climate) is dedicated to addressing environmental justice and climate resilience for underserved, vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This program will provide grants of up to C$200,000 to Indigenous communities and community-based organizations to deliver environmental justice and advance local solutions to adapt to climate change. For the inaugural grant cycle, the CEC is calling for initiatives that 1) support community resilience to climate change and climate-related impacts; 2) yield tangible, equitable benefits for local communities by addressing or adapting to climate change impacts; 3) consider local knowledge and transform that knowledge into an innovative action or solution; and 4) build partnerships that respond to community-identified challenges. Funded projects could include addressing extreme weather impacts, transitioning to clean energy and/or transportation systems, or utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to address climate change impacts. Nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, environmental groups, community-based associations, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities are eligible to apply. The application deadline is November 14, 2021. The EJ4Climate 2021 call for proposals may be downloaded from the CEC website at www.cec.org/EJ4Climate.
Healthy Eating Programs for Canadian Children Supported
HelloFresh Canada: Fresh Food Explorers Program
HelloFresh Canada believes that learning about food is as important a life skill as learning to read or write. The Fresh Food Explorers Program supports Canadian registered charities that help kids experience, experiment with, and love fresh food. Grants, in-kind donations, and product donations are available for both new and existing projects. Applications must be submitted by November 12, 2021. Visit the HelloFresh Canada website to download the FAQs and access the online application form.
Funds Benefit Company Communities Across Canada
Westland Insurance Corporate Giving Program
Westland Insurance provides support to local organizations making lasting social and environmental impacts in the communities where the company's clients and teams work and live. Westland Insurance is currently providing support through the Amplifying Communities initiative for projects or programs that positively contribute to the fabric of communities across Canada. Support is intended for projects or programs focused on wellness and mental health, equality and inclusion, homelessness, and food insecurity—while also promoting opportunities for employee engagement and volunteerism in conjunction with local partnerships. A total of $1 million will be awarded through this initiative. Registered charities are eligible to apply. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Westland Insurance website to review the list of company locations and apply online.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Enable BC Students to Attend Live Performances
ArtStarts in Schools: Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund
ArtStarts in Schools is a charitable organization that seeks to expand the role of arts in education to activate learning and nurture creativity in British Columbia's young people. Cherniavsky's Mr Music Fund offers grants to schools to assist in purchasing tickets for students to attend a wide range of classical and traditional music, opera, or dance performances. Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators, school administrators, and PAC representatives in British Columbia are eligible to apply. Applications are due by December 10, 2021, and are assessed on a rolling basis. Visit the ArtStarts in Schools website to review the guidelines and apply online.
Funds for Family Violence Prevention Activities in the Northwest Territories
Status of Women Council of NWT
The Status of Women Council of NWT is committed to advancing gender equality in the Northwest Territories. Each year for Family Violence Prevention Month, the Council offers funding to organizations to support family violence prevention events and activities across the NWT. Supported activities include, but are not limited to, art, poster, or essay contests on healthy families; radio shows; community family violence prevention walks; online discussions, presentations, or workshops; craft nights; healing circles; life skills workshops on healthy families; and interagency meetings on preventing family violence. Applications are currently being accepted for Family Violence Prevention Month activities; Family Violence Prevention month will take place in November of 2021. The application form and a list of example activities can be downloaded from the Council’s website.
Community Events in Atlantic Canada Supported
Atlantic Lottery Sponsorship Program
The Atlantic Lottery supports organizations in the Canadian Atlantic region, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The Lottery accepts applications for sponsorship of festivals, exhibitions, and events that celebrate the culture that is unique within each community or region (i.e., farming, fishing, multi-cultural, and traditional roots). The upcoming application deadline is November 15, 2021. Visit the Atlantic Lottery website to review the sponsorship guidelines and apply online.
Giving Program Targets Company Communities in Ontario
Cogeco Donations and Sponsorship Program
Cogeco currently supports the cultural, social, and economic life of the communities in which it operates in Ontario through donations and sponsorships. Cogeco seeks to support events, activities, and organizations that are dedicated to the sustainable well-being of the company's communities. Areas of support include arts and culture, education and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, environment and sustainability, connectivity and digital inclusion, and diversity and inclusion. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a monthly basis. Visit the Cogeco website to download the Cogeco Policy for Granting Donations and Sponsorships.
Government Funding Opportunities
Grants Enhance Search and Rescue Efforts
Public Safety Canada
The intent of the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Funds is to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and innovation of search and rescue activities as it relates to the response and prevention objectives of Canada’s national search and rescue program. Applications must be submitted no later than November 30, 2021.
Support for Events Celebrating Canadian Heritage
Celebrate Canada provides funding for activities organized on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27), and Canada Day (July 1). The application deadline is November 21, 2021.
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Upcoming Online Education Trainings
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The Power of Social Enterprise
How to Generate Unrestricted Revenue for Your Organization
Are you looking to diversify your revenue stream? Would you like to increase organizational sustainability by creating recurring, predictable revenue streams for general operating expenses? In this 90-minute training Stephanie Sample, Founder and CEO of Sample Consulting Studio, will introduce social enterprise for nonprofits. She will walk participants through the process of identifying organizational assets, strategically selecting an asset to monetize, and developing a business plan around your core competencies. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.
Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box
You know that feeling on deadline day, when you finally push the SUBMIT button and say goodbye to your lovingly-crafted, mission-critical grant proposal as it disappears … vanishing entirely for weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even forever... as you wait to find out whether it’s going to be funded or not. That space between "submit" on one side... and "notification" on the other... is what we call the Grantmaker’s Black Box. That’s where all the work goes on for the grantmaking team—the program officer, reviewers, decision-makers. That’s where everything happens to decide which proposals are awarded... and which aren’t. In this eye-opening session, you’ll join veteran grants officer Maryn Boess for a unique journey into the heart of the Grantmaker's Black Box as we venture into one grantmaker's funding process. Together we’ll take a high-level flyover of her own organization’s recent grantmaking round on the way to awarding a total of $600,000. Maryn gives you a rare insider’s view of the real world of the final grant decision-making process—something fewer than 2% of all grant professionals ever get to see. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.
The Power of Visual Storytelling
In an age overflowing with technology and lives that move at 80 miles an hour throughout the day, what is it that will make your message stand out? Sharing stories. Research tells us that stories are remembered 22 times more often than facts alone. In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will take you through the power of visual storytelling. You'll see examples of why sharing facts and stories is more powerful when combined with an image. You'll also discover what works and what doesn't when using visuals in your storytelling. During this presentation, you will learn 1) how much faster the brain processes visuals vs. words; 2) four key factors for creating powerful visuals; and 3) what type of articles get 94% more views. This webinar will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, and will benefit fundraising and communication staff, especially staff making updates to websites and postings on social media..
The latest updates from GrantStation
Assembling Your Grants Team
If you are responsible for the grants program for your organization, you may find that you simply do not have the time to submit as many grant requests as your organization wants, needs, and deserves! Establishing a grants team could be the answer. Who should be on this team? How do you go about building and managing the team? We now offer a guide for Members on how to recruit for the various roles in an effective grants team. It lays out the skill sets required for each role, from the data analyst to the graphic designer to the copy editor and more. This guide is part of the revamped section for Members on building a grants program from the bottom up. If you have questions, please contact us.
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