COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Current COVID-19 funding opportunities are available on our website.
National Funding Opportunities
Funds to Plant Trees, Protect Forests, and Create Green Spaces
Arbor Day Foundation: TD Green Space Grants
TD Green Space Grants, a program funded by TD Bank and administered by the Arbor Day Foundation, provides support to municipalities in the communities served by TD Bank on the East Coast of the United States and across Canada. Through this program, municipalities are eligible to receive grants of $20,000 (USD) or $25,000 (CAD) in support of green infrastructure development, tree planting, forestry stewardship, and community green space expansion as a way to advance environmental and economic benefits toward a low-carbon economy. Special consideration will be given to projects that address the current year's program theme, “TD Green Space: Supporting communities delivering environmentally equitable solutions.” Municipalities are encouraged to apply in collaboration with community partners such as nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, etc. The application deadline is December 17, 2021. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation website to review the online application guidelines.
Grants and Fellowships Support Libraries and Canadian Graduate Students
The Kimberley Foundation works to stimulate self-directed learning and curiosity, to support initiatives to strengthen local communities, and to support activities and pursuits that inspire, impact, and facilitate positive, environmentally responsible change in the world. Support is provided through two programs: The Pat Morris Community Matters Grant provides up to $10,000 to small Canadian community libraries serving populations of 10,000 or under for programming; library acquisitions (including physical collections, online, or digital resources); public literary events, literacy initiatives, and book clubs; workshops, presentations, and guest speakers; and outreach initiatives. The Hugh Morris Fellowship provides up to $40,000 to support a graduate student at a Canadian university to undertake a program of self-guided travel and experiential learning for studies related to earth, geology, environment, water, alternative energy, climate change, sustainability, or the social impact, social sciences, or design sciences concerned with earth, sustainability, or environmental issues. The upcoming application deadline for these two programs is February 15, 2022. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant and fellowship guidelines.
Funding Targets Underprivileged Youth in Canada and Central America
Fondation Chamandy (Chamandy Foundation)
The Fondation Chamandy (Chamandy Foundation) seeks to create a lasting positive impact in the lives of youth in Canada and in the Foundation's Montreal community. Support is provided to organizations that benefit children or youth ages 0 to 25 years old, serve children and youth from underprivileged communities, and are based in Canada. The Foundation funds impact gaps involving children and youth in the areas of health and wellness, education, poverty, the environment, and research. The Foundation pays particular attention to the most marginalized groups (children and young people with disabilities, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ communities, etc.), and primarily funds organizations led by people with lived experience of the cause they serve. Letters of intent may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Wage Subsidies Foster Green Jobs Across Canada
Canadian Parks and Recreation Association: Green Jobs Initiative
The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) is a national organization dedicated to realizing the full potential of parks and recreation as a major contributor to community health and vibrancy. The CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative will provide direct financial support via wage subsidies of up to 50% to Canadian local governments, Indigenous communities, and other sector organizations, supporting 700 jobs that focus on employing youth in the conservation and enjoyment of nature and culture. Eligible youth who will be engaged in this program must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons between 15 and 30 years of age. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the CPRA website to review the list of eligible applicants and apply online in English or French.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Bolster Arts and Culture in the Yukon
Klondike Institute of Art and Culture: Culture Quest
Culture Quest is an arts and cultural funding program supported by the Yukon Government and administered by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC). Culture Quest supports the expression of culture and art for Yukon performing, visual, and literary artists, as well as First Nations cultural gatherings and festivals around the Yukon, and the preparation of work to be showcased nationally or internationally. Yukon-based groups, organizations, businesses, and residents are eligible to apply. The annual application deadlines are January 15, April 15, and September 15. Visit the KIAC website to review the Culture Quest funding guidelines and learn more about the application process.
Support for Choral Music Initiatives in Manitoba
Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba
The mission of the Foundation for Choral Music in Manitoba is to support development and growth in the choral arts in Manitoba. The Foundation assists choirs throughout the province in their special projects. Examples of supported activities include, but are not limited to, bringing in professionals for workshops, performances, and the commissioning of new works; the staging of new initiatives; special choral events; and training for individuals to become more qualified choral educators and directors. Registered charities are eligible to apply. However, individuals, unorganized groups, or organizations that do not have a registered charitable number may make their grant application with the support of an organization with a registered charitable number. The annual application deadlines are January 1, May 1, and September 1. For the January 1, 2022, deadline, Pandemic Support Grants are also available. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the General Grant Guidelines and Criteria as well as the Pandemic Support Grant Guidelines.
Funding Improves Food Access in British Columbia
United Way British Columbia: Food Infrastructure Grant
The United Way British Columbia is dedicated to driving positive impact and lasting change in BC communities. Through the Food Infrastructure Grant program, the United Way British Columbia and the Ministry of Health are looking to collaborate with community food-based organizations to address the unique food access and availability challenges of rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across British Columbia. Grants will fund the development, implementation, or improvement of food infrastructure to support year-round, long-term procurement, storage, and distribution of fresh, traditional, and other food and enhance community well-being. Eligible applicants consist of community food-based organizations and groups located in remote, rural, or Indigenous communities providing food access programming and services, including charitable, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations, BC First Nations Bands, and Tribal Councils. Applications will be accepted until 11am on December 15, 2021. Visit the United Way British Columbia website to learn more about the program.
Grants and Awards Promote Youth Mental Health in Nova Scotia
Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth
The mission of the Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth Is to improve the mental and emotional well-being of children and youth in Nova Scotia. The Foundation provides support through the following programs: The Speakers Program sponsors speakers on topics that are relevant to the mental or emotional well-being of children and youth. Special Projects grants support initiatives that reflect and support the mental health and well-being of children and youth. Examples of previously funded projects include a sensory room for special needs children and youth, a newsletter project for youth in care, theatrical productions, and school trips for urban students to visit rural communities. The annual deadlines for these two programs are March 31, September 30, and December 31. The Doctor Gerald Gordon Memorial Award recognizes or facilitates individuals or groups who are furthering the objectives of the Foundation by carrying out special projects, programs, educational activities, conferences, classes, or seminars on mental health related subjects that have the mental health of children and youth as their goal. Award nominations are due January 31 of each year. Guidelines for each program may be found on the Foundation’s website.
Government Funding Opportunities
Support for Efforts to Promote Tourism in Western Canada
Western Economic Diversification Canada
The Tourism Relief Fund, administered by Canada’s regional development agencies and Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. Funding targets the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Applications are currently being accepted for this program.
Grants Celebrate Diversity in Nova Scotia
Government of Nova Scotia
The Government of Nova Scotia’s Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is currently offering grants through two programs. The Diversity and Community Capacity Fund invests in the capacity-building efforts of organizations that represent traditionally marginalized communities and promote diversity and social equity. The Cultural Communities and Identities Fund, a companion program, supports activities which recognize and celebrate the diversity of Nova Scotia’s new, emerging, and established cultural communities. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021.
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The Measure of Success (NEW)
Creating Tools and Processes to Report Impact
You can increase donor giving by understanding what they want to know and how to present it. In this session Amanda Pearce with Funding for Good will explore how to share your program or project impact in ways that will generate income and awareness. Do you struggle to collect, analyze, and organize data that will inspire donors to open their wallets? Donor relations that create donor retention are the goal for every nonprofit. Funding for Good understands that donors want to invest in your impact, not your existence. This course breaks down key components of goal setting, data tracking, and reporting processes so you can get a handle on what donors want to know, why it’s crucial, and how to share your past achievements so donors contribute to your future goals. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
Using Powerful Stories to Thank ANY Supporter
Thanking is more than good manners. It’s actually a powerful tool for donor engagement and deepening relationships. With year-end giving in high swing, it’s time to refresh and update your thanking tactics to stand out. This session, presented by Lori L. Jacobwith, will cover new as well as tried and true actions to take when thanking any supporter, including volunteers, institutional donors, annual givers, campaign donors, event sponsors, and more. By the end of this session expect to understand how, in this fast-paced world, a story combined with thanking has the power to increase giving. This session will benefit all fundraising staff, communication staff, and board members. This webinar will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021.
FREE: 9 Tools for Increasing Nonprofit Staff Pay
In this 60-minute webinar, Stephanie Sample will explore tools and strategies to increase nonprofit staff compensation. We will identify how compensation impacts staff retention and charity ratings, as well as grant proposal success. This webinar is designed for nonprofit professionals, staff managers, executive directors, and board members. Topics covered include: historical context of inequity in nonprofit pay, trends in nonprofit compensation and staff retention, sector wide impact of the "overhead myth", funders’ perspectives on compensating for staff salaries, and what staff want... creative ideas for compensation packages. Participants will walk away with resources for nonprofit performance and compensation practices, examples of foundations that fund nonprofit salary upgrades, practical ideas for negotiating competitive staff salary increases, and tools for educating your board and/or donors about allocating for staff salaries. This free webinar will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.
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Plotting the Path to Funding
Once you have found grant opportunities to pursue, it's tempting to dive into writing proposals. Instead, you'll be in much better shape if you pause and figure out the best way to approach all the opportunities holistically. What will motivate each grantmaker to support your work? Might some funders influence others? Do some grants require a match? Members of GrantStation can learn more in our section about how to Craft Your Plan. It will advise you to Think Strategically and Determine Your Approach. Then you can put your plans into action as you Create a Grants Calendar. You may even need to Adjust Your Objectives.
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