National Funding Opportunities
Matching Grants Support Partnerships Enhancing Urban Areas
Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities: Partners for Places
Partners for Places, an initiative of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, is a matching grant program that creates opportunities for cities and counties in Canada and the United States to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. Projects must advance or support the creation of one of the following plans: 1) a community-focused sustainability, climate action, adaption/resilience, equity, water, or comprehensive plan provision that specifically addresses sustainability, or urban sustainability and/or green stormwater infrastructure; or 2) any multi-issue community plan that explicitly states and pursues the goal of integrating and/or balancing economic development, environmental quality, and equity. For Round 16, grants will range between $25,000 and $75,000 for one-year projects, or $50,000 and $100,000 for two-year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Proposals must be submitted by a team of at least two partners by January 31, 2020. Visit the Funder’s Network website to review the request for proposals, which includes a description of eligible applicants.
Services for Canadians and Americans With Spinal Cord Injuries Funded
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation: Creating Opportunity & Independence
The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is dedicated to supporting both programs and scientific research to improve the quality of life for those affected by and living with spinal cord injury. Through Community Support Grants, the Foundation’s Creating Opportunity & Independence portfolio supports organizations that provide programs and services that enhance quality of life for individuals and families living with spinal cord injury throughout Canada and the United States. Areas of interest include Arts, Sports, and Recreation; Assistive Technology; Education; Employment; Independent Living; and Rehabilitation. Letters of intent for Community Support Grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, are due January 10, 2020; invited full grant applications must be submitted by April 27, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the application process.
Funding Targets Gender-Based Violence in Canada
Canadian Women’s Foundation: Rebuilding Lives Grants
The Canadian Women’s Foundation works to promote gender equality in Canada. The Foundation’s Rebuilding Lives Grants are awarded in the following areas: 1) Rebuilding Lives, for programs, projects, and initiatives that support women, Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people, and their children, who have experienced violence; and 2) Collaborative Projects, for research, policy, capacity-building, and advocacy programs, projects, and initiatives that support systemic change efforts on a local, regional, or national scale. Grants range up to $40,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Eligible applicants include women or gender equality organizations with significant experience in working with survivors of violence such as shelters, sexual assault centers, and organizations providing a continuum of services and connection to the community. Applicants must be registered charities or First Nations with qualified donee status. The deadline for letters of intent is January 7, 2020; invited full applications are due by March 24, 2020. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Rebuilding Lives 2020-2023 Grant Guidelines.
Science Teachers in Canada and the U.S. Eligible for Lab Makeovers
National Science Teaching Association: Shell Science Lab Challenge
The Shell Science Lab Challenge, administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), recognizes outstanding middle and high school programs in Canada and the United States for their exemplary approaches to science lab instruction. The Challenge will showcase the work of teachers who submit innovative, replicable strategies to deliver quality lab experiences to their students utilizing limited school and laboratory resources. Special attention is given to programs serving urban and underrepresented groups. One Grand Prize winning school will receive a lab makeover support package valued at $20,000, four national finalists will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $8,500, and 18 district winners will each receive a lab makeover support package valued at $3,000. The application deadline is January 15, 2020. Visit the NSTA website to review the application information.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Facilities Enhancement and Tire Recycling Education Initiatives Funded
Kal Tire: Replay Fund
Kal Tire's Replay Fund supports projects that turn scrap tires into new rubber products to enhance facilities in the Canadian provinces and territories where Kal Tire does business. Examples of supported recycled rubber products include playground surfaces, flooring, roofing, landscape tiles and mulch, paving, running tracks, and livestock mats. Funding is also available to cover the cost of signage to promote an organization and to educate the public on tire recycling. Company communities include locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. Canadian registered charities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted January through February of 2020. Visit Kal Tire’s website to download the application form, which includes selection criteria and answers to commonly asked questions.
Corporate Giving Program Strengthens Ontario and Quebec Communities
Metro Community Investment Program
The Metro Community Investment Program provides donations and sponsorships to organizations in communities where the company operates in Ontario and Quebec. Each year, almost $11 million in cash or products is distributed to organizations working in areas including, but not limited to, access to food, healthy eating, education, culture, heritage, the fight against poverty, economic development, and sports. There is no deadline to apply. Visit Metro’s website to complete the online application form.
Funding Fosters Mental and Physical Health in British Columbia
Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation
The Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation supports organizations across British Columbia striving to improve health and well-being among children, youth, individuals, and families. The Foundation supports programs that aim to improve health outcomes directly related to mental health and well-being or the prevention or management of chronic disease. Funded programs should fit within one of the following categories: The Kick-start Projects Fund provides up to $10,000 for one-time projects, start-up programs, equipment, or materials. Partnership Programs support of up to $45,000 over three years is provided to projects or programs that can actively include Pacific Blue Cross. Major Investments Projects funding of up to $100,000 supports larger, multi-year initiatives, most often including capital campaigns. The 2020 application deadlines for the Kick-start Projects Fund and Major Investments Projects are January 29, April 15, June 16, and November 19. Partnership Programs applications are due by August 31, 2020. Visit the Pacific Blue Cross website to learn more about the funding criteria and application process.
Support for Youth Arts Initiatives in Toronto
ArtReach supports community-based arts initiatives that engage youth from underserved populations who have experienced exclusion in Toronto. In partnership with the Toronto Arts Council, ArtReach funds youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster the engagement of youth ages 13 to 29 and provide high quality arts opportunities in emerging, popular, and traditional art forms. Supported projects must be offered by individual artists under 30 or groups/organizations led by youth under 30 in Toronto. Applications are accepted from December 1 to February 1, annually. Visit the ArtReach website to review the Program Guidelines, which include an explanation of the three funding levels.
Government Funding Opportunities
Funding Improves Broadband Access in Underserved Areas of Canada
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Division
The Broadband Fund aims to close the digital divide in Canada. Funding supports projects to build or upgrade access and transport infrastructure to provide fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet access services in underserved areas of Canada. Eligible applicants include Canadian corporations of all sizes, band councils or Indigenous governments, and provincial, territorial, and municipal government organizations. The deadline for submission of applications is March 27, 2020.
Matching Grants Aim to Prevent Tobacco Use
Public Health Agency of Canada
Multi-sectoral Partnerships to Promote Healthy Living and Prevent Chronic Disease seeks to advance innovative, multi-sectoral approaches to promote healthy living and prevent chronic disease. Matching grants are currently available through the program entitled Canada’s Tobacco Strategy. Interventions under this program stream will target smoking as a common risk factor for chronic diseases. There is no deadline to submit a letter of intent.
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The Power of 3—Grantwriting with Alice Ruhnke
Does it feel like everyone else is winning grant awards? These three webinars were designed to systematically help your nonprofit organization develop its capacity to write successful grants. The first webinar, Are You Grant Ready? will help you identify your readiness to be competitive in the grant application process and provide suggestions to increase areas that need additional development. The second webinar, Grant Writing 101, will teach you how to use a comprehensive Program Planning Framework to develop and write strong, impactful, and coherent applications. The third webinar, Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work! will help you develop logic models to measure the change your programs have on participants. These webinars can be taken together to methodically build your organization’s capacity to write successful grants or as stand-alone learning opportunities. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from these 90-minute presentations. The deadline to register for all three is Thursday, January 23, 2020.
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