COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Funding Benefits Indigenous Communities Affected by COVID-19
Community Foundations of Canada: Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund aims to support Indigenous communities in Canada through this current public health crisis. Funding is provided to Indigenous-led organizations running projects at the community level that serve vulnerable populations that have been especially affected by COVID-19. Support ranges from $5,000 to $30,000. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the Fund’s website to download the Applicant Guide.
Small Grants Facilitate Hockey Participation in Canada
Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund
The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund is a $1 million fund dedicated to helping young Canadians return to hockey during and after COVID-19. The Fund will provide up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies to approved applicants who are registered with a Hockey Canada-sanctioned association. Applicants should currently receive the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and/or Canadian Child Benefit (CCB). Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2020, or until all funds have been distributed. Visit the Foundation’s website to apply online.
Projects Protecting Rule of Law During COVID-19 Supported
World Justice Project: World Justice Challenge 2021
The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis, an initiative of the World Justice Project, is a global competition to identify, recognize, and promote good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance areas of the rule of law in this time of unprecedented crisis. Cash awards of $20,000 will go to six projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress, replication, and scaling. Submissions will be accepted for initiatives addressing the following rule of law themes as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic: access to justice for all, accountable governance, anti-corruption and open government, and fundamental rights and non-discrimination. All individuals, organizations, and entities are eligible to enter the competition, including civil society, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, national and multilateral government agencies, local government bodies, businesses/private sector enterprises, and law firms from any country in the world. Applications are due by December 11, 2020. Visit the World Justice Project website to download the application form.
Emergency Funds for Canadian Entertainment Professionals Impacted by COVID-19
The AFC seeks to provide compassionate support to help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work. The AFC provides short-term emergency financial assistance to Canadian entertainment industry professionals working in all aspects of TV, film, music, theater, and dance. The AFC is currently focusing on making sure that people stay stable and basic needs are met for the next two to three weeks. Basic needs include rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, phone bills, car payments, car and home insurance, or medical expenses. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the AFC’s website to review the eligibility requirements.
National Funding Opportunities
Grants Enable Canadian Youth to Address Sustainability Issues
Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
The mission of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes, and their habitats, and to work towards creating an informed and compassionate multitude who will help to create a better world for people, other animals, and our shared environment. The Roots & Shoots program supports youth-led community action projects in Canada through the A.P.E. Fund. Grants of up to $1,000 fund projects that address sustainability issues and make a difference for animals, people, and the environment. Projects must fit into one of the following funding streams: Sustainable Food, Indigenous Perspectives, or Climate Change. In order to be eligible, projects must also align with one or more of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Clean and Sustainable Water, Responsible Consumption, Climate Action, and/or Life on Land. Applicants must be members of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Canada. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020. Visit the Institute’s website to join Roots & Shoots Canada and learn more about the funding streams.
Funds to Promote Reading Across Canada
I Read Canadian Fund
The I Read Canadian Fund, administered by the Ontario Library Association, supports getting Canadian books into the hands of young people across Canada, as well as the expansion of children’s reading programs into Indigenous, rural, and priority communities. The Fund provides support to help cover the costs of Canadian books, the shipment of the books, transportation for young people to get to Forest of Reading Festivals, and registration into the Forest of Reading program. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The application form may be downloaded from the I Read Canadian website.
Support for Efforts to Increase Women’s Participation in Sports
Gender Equity in Recreational Sport: Community Grants Initiative
Gender Equity in Recreational Sport, an initiative of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, aims to increase the participation and retention of women and girls in recreational sports in Canada. The Community Grants Initiative supports community-level interventions through programs, events, practices, or policy changes that aim to increase participation or retention of girls and women in recreational sports across Canada. Funding is also provided for knowledge sharing, the development of tools and resources, innovative projects, and the evaluation of the impact of these interventions. Eligible applicants include Canadian municipalities, villages, and towns; First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or other Indigenous communities; and nonprofit organizations working in direct partnership with the city, village, town, municipality, or community that their project will serve. Applications must be submitted by December 11, 2020. Complete funding guidelines are available on the Gender Equity in Recreational Sport website.
Grants Benefit Company Communities Throughout Canada
Costco Wholesale Canada Corporate Giving
Costco Wholesale Canada is committed to supporting charitable activities in the communities where it operates throughout Canada. Costco provides support in the following areas: children, education, health, and human services. Grants are provided at both the local and regional/national level. Support is provided for monetary requests only. Registered charities are eligible to apply. Funding requests are accepted and reviewed throughout the year on a rolling basis. Visit the Costco Wholesale Canada website to access the application forms for local or larger, broad-based organizations and causes.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Support for Conservation Research and Projects in Alberta
Alberta Conservation Association
The mission of the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for Albertans to enjoy, value, and use. Funding is available through the following programs: ACA Research Grants fund high quality research projects on wildlife, fish, and habitat which inform the effective management of wildlife, fish populations, and habitat in Alberta. Professional researchers are eligible to apply. The research must be carried out in Alberta. The application deadline is December 1, 2020. ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants support conservation activities that contribute to healthy fish and wildlife populations, a healthy environment for fish and wildlife in Alberta, and the understanding, appreciation, and use of that environment. Funding also supports projects which increase the level of attendance and awareness of outdoor opportunities while developing knowledge and respect for conservation. Any organization or individual (with the required insurance) may apply for this program. The project activities must be carried out in Alberta. Applications will be accepted from January 1 to January 22, 2021. The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is open to any Masters or Ph.D. level student seeking to fund a project researching the flora and fauna of Alberta. The research supported by the these grants ultimately aims to conserve, protect, and enhance Alberta's fish, wildlife and natural habitats. The program attracts students from across Canada and around the world, as long as their field of study is in Alberta. Grant applications for this program must be submitted by December 1, 2020.
Small Grants Available for Youth-Led Projects in Most Provinces
Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grants
The mission of the Hershey Heartwarming Project Action Grants program is to help kids and teens in Canada and the U.S. build more meaningful connections and create more inclusive and empathetic schools and communities. Grants of $250 support heartwarming initiatives, including but not limited to the following: Overall Well-Being, Fostering Connection, Inclusion and Belonging, Mental Health, Kindness, and Anti-Bullying. Supported activities may include hosting an event, volunteering in the community, acts of kindness, raising awareness, education campaigns, and using technology to enhance service learning actions. Youth between the age of 13 and 17 who are residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the U.S. are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2020. Visit the Hershey Company’s website to download the official rules and access the online application.
Support for Edmonton Area Organizations Addressing Basic Needs
REALTORS Community Foundation
The REALTORS Community Foundation supports local charities in the Edmonton, Alberta area. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: 1) hunger, including charities and programs that provide food for individuals and families that otherwise would not have access to adequate nutrition; 2) shelter, including organizations that provide shelter for people who need safety from harmful situations or a warm place to sleep even for a night; and 3) accessibility, including initiatives focused on helping individuals access services or programs to meet their basic needs and reach their full potential. Registered charities in the Edmonton area are eligible to apply. The application deadline is December 31, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to access the online application form.
Grants and Sponsorships Improve Health in Atlantic Canada
Lawtons Drugs Sponsorship Program
Lawtons Drugs Sponsorship Program provides donations and sponsorships to organizations serving communities in Atlantic Canada where the company operates. Support is provided to programs and local events that help Canadians eat better, feel better, and do better, and that provide a direct community service. Areas of interest include health management and prevention, research on food-related health issues, and health literacy through nutrition education. Applications may be submitted at any time. Visit the Lawtons Drugs website to learn about the application process for requests under $250 and over $250.
Government Funding Opportunities
Program Preserves Canada’s Documentary Heritage
Library and Archives Canada
The Documentary Heritage Communities Program aims to ensure that Canada's continuing memory is documented and accessible to current and future generations. Financial assistance is provided to the Canadian documentary heritage community for activities that 1) increase access to, and awareness of, Canada's local documentary heritage organizations and their holdings; and 2) increase the capacity of local documentary heritage organizations to better sustain and preserve Canada's documentary heritage. Applications will be accepted until January 12, 2021.
Funds to Rebuild Indigenous Nations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Nation Rebuilding Program supports activities that would facilitate Indigenous communities’ own path to reconstituting their nations. Preference will be given to Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2020.
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What has been the role of civil society during the current pandemic? A new report by CIVICUS titled "Solidarity in the Time of COVID-19: Civil Society Responses to the Pandemic" aims to answer that question. This report outlines some of the civil society responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, setting out how civil society organizations (CSOs) provided help to people and communities, how CSOs defined rights, and how civic action was sustained through new and alternate means.
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Do you receive grants that are restricted in some way? Do you struggle to complete grant spending reports at the end of a grant? Do you spend hours going through transactions and payroll reports trying to figure out which expenses were paid for from a grant? And what about grants with a budget by account that must be adhered to? By simply setting up a few things, you can easily get a P&L for each of your restricted grants (compared to budget if you’d like). See reports for your grants all on one screen and in real time. All of this and more can be easily tracked right in your QuickBooks software. We are very excited to have Gregg Bossen, a CPA specializing in nonprofits and president of QuickBooks Made Easy for Nonprofits, deliver one of his most popular webinars exclusively for us! During this webinar, you will learn: how and where to set up your grantors; how to enter grant revenue; how to point expenses to a grant; how to enter grant budgets; how to generate and memorize reports on your grants; and, how to deal with future year grants received this year that make it look like you made much more money than you did. The webinar will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020.
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