COVID-19 Funding Opportunities
Competition Addresses Post-Pandemic Challenges in Canada and the U.S.
Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada)
The Fulbright Canada Post-COVID Challenge is an open call for youth from across Canada and the United States to provide creative ideas that aim to address critical social, economic, technological, and public health challenges in the post-COVID world. Ideas are sought in the following areas: improving public health and well-being, contributing to digital transformation, and finding solutions to social cohesion and economic recovery. Individuals or teams of youth who are the age of majority and reside in Canada or the United States are eligible to participate. The winning team will receive a $25,000 prize and the second and third place winners will receive $10,000, along with an all-expense-paid trip to the Fulbright Canada 30th Anniversary Gala. The application deadline is January 30, 2021. Visit the Challenge website to review the timeline.
Support for Grassroots Conservation Organizations
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is temporarily awarding grants to support the core operational costs of local, grassroots, species conservation organizations worldwide which are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result face personnel or financial constraints in conducting species conservation work in 2021. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 will be provided. The upcoming application deadline is February 28, 2021. Visit the Fund’s website to apply online.
National Funding Opportunities
Capacity Building Support for Black-Led Organizations in Canada
Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative
The Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI), administered by Tropicana Community Services, was created by the federal government to help build the capacity of grassroots nonprofit organizations serving Black communities in Canada. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $45,000 support nonprofit grassroots organizations for capacity building projects in the following areas: facilitating access to funding from a more diverse range of funding sources, enhancing organizational governance to provide greater organizational stability and improved planning and oversight functions, and enhancing operational management effectiveness and efficiency. Supported organizations must be Black-led with a mandate to serve Black Canadian communities. The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021. Visit the SBCCI website to learn more about the funding categories and eligibility requirements.
Giving Program Enhances the Health and Financial Well-Being of Canadians
Manulife Community Investment Program
The goal of the Manulife Community Investment Program in Canada is to inspire Canadians to make well-informed choices that help them live longer, healthier, and more financially secure lives. Support is provided in the following focus areas: 1) healthy, active living, including innovative health and wellness initiatives that inspire Canadians to be physically active and eat healthy, well-balanced diets; and 2) financial well-being, including sustainable initiatives that empower Canadians to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to achieve long-term economic success. Grants and sponsorships of fundraising events are provided. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the Manulife website to start the online application process by creating an account.
Funds for Organizations Working in Canada and Developing Countries
Peter Gilgan Foundation
The Peter Gilgan Foundation supports Canadian registered charities that share the Foundation's vision of a fully sustainable world with no poverty, and ever-improving healthcare for all. The Foundation provides support in Canada and developing countries. In Canada, funding is centered on support and opportunities for economically vulnerable children, youth, and families as well as environment and sustainability initiatives with economic and community benefits. In developing countries, support is provided for international development projects with an impact on gender equality. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 per year support projects, capacity building, and for repeat grantees, general operating expenses. Expressions of Interest are accepted on a rolling basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about their funding priorities and create an account at the online application portal.
Activities Promoting Wildfire Resilience Supported
FireSmart Canada: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021
FireSmart Canada's Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2021 supports communities across Canada to complete a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day project to help make their neighborhoods more resilient to wildfire. Individuals, fire departments, organizations, community groups, and municipalities can apply to receive $500 for projects to help protect their neighborhoods from wildfire. Projects should reduce the risk of wildfire, reduce the impact of a recent wildfire, or advance preparedness for wildfire, and can range from clean-up blitzes to awareness campaigns. Recipients receive a cash award of $500 and an “event in a box” which will include FireSmart promotional material and information to be used by the winner to support their project. The application period ends on January 15, 2021. Applications may be submitted online on the FireSmart Canada website
Regional Funding Opportunities
Support for Communities Tackling the Overdose Crisis in British Columbia
Community Action Initiative: Rural, Remote and Indigenous Overdose Grant Opportunity
The mission of the Community Action Initiative (CAI) is to strengthen the role and capacity of the community sector to improve mental health and address substance use for British Columbians. The Rural, Remote and Indigenous Overdose Grant Opportunity seeks to address health inequity by providing grants of up to $50,000 for rural, remote, and Indigenous communities to increase their capacity to serve community members impacted by the overdose crisis. Preference will be given to projects that address recommendations made during the Rural and Indigenous Overdose Action Exchange in the following categories: 1) tackling stigma and shame, 2) creative solutions in harm reduction and peer involvement, 3) generating creative and innovative solutions, and 4) regional reflections. Applications are due by January 22, 2021. The application guidelines and form may be downloaded from the CAI website.
Programs Benefit Manitoba Artists and Arts Organizations
Manitoba Arts Council
The Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) is an arts funder and an arm’s-length agency of the Province of Manitoba. MAC’s open grant streams include the following: The Create program supports the creation of new work or development of works in progress in all disciplines by professional artists and arts groups. Grants support creation, creative research, and project development. The annual application deadlines are February 15 and October 10. The Indigenous 360 program supports Indigenous artists and communities in the creation of new work or development of works in progress, the presentation of work, and the implementation of learning and artistic development activities. Applications for this program must be submitted by March 25 and September 25 of each year. The Strengthen program funds projects aimed at strengthening professional arts organizations. The yearly application deadlines are May 10 and September 15. Visit the MAC website to learn more about these programs and access the online application system.
Funding Available to Improve Agriculture and Food Systems in Ontario
Carrot Cache is a nonprofit organization that supports small projects in Ontario working toward a sustainable and just regional food system. Funding is provided through two streams: The Carrot Cache Fund supports farmers, small businesses, worker cooperatives, nonprofit organizations, and community groups in the areas of regional food economies, local organic agriculture, community food strategies, and worker cooperatives. Support is provided in the form of grants of between $500 and $5,000, and the purchase of non-voting shares in worker cooperatives and businesses between $5,000 and $15,000. The Nature’s Finest Fund provides support of up to $15,000 to registered farm businesses for capital expansion, such as investments in new equipment, greenhouse extension, perennial crops, breeding stock, etc. Applicants should be interested in becoming a Big Carrot supplier. Preliminary enquiries must be submitted by January 17, 2021; the deadline for invited applications is January 31, 2021. Visit the Carrot Cache website to review the funding criteria for each stream.
Grants Strengthen Black and Indigenous Organizations in the Toronto Area
Toronto Pearson International Airport: Propeller Project
The Toronto Pearson International Airport's Propeller Project, the airport's community investment program, invests in community-building initiatives in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. The Propeller Project’s Nest Fund 2020 Call for Proposals will support the capacity building activities and initiatives of Black and Indigenous organizations. Grants of up to $50,000 will be made to strengthen organizational capabilities. Applicant organizations must be Black or Indigenous founded/led and mainly provide services to clients and individuals who identify as Black or Indigenous. Applicants must be located and provide services within the Greater Toronto Area, with special consideration given to projects serving the areas around Toronto Pearson Airport (Brampton, Mississauga, and Etobicoke). The application deadline is January 8, 2021. Visit the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s website to review the call and apply online.
Government Funding Opportunities
Solutions to Canadian Food Waste Sought
The Food Waste Reduction Challenge aims to accelerate and advance the deployment of diverse and high-impact solutions to food waste in Canada. Through Challenge Streams A and B, support is available for solutions that are ready for commercialization and that provide an innovative way of doing business to prevent or divert food waste across any or multiple segments of the food supply chain. These streams target solutions in their early commercialization phase to accelerate their growth and expansion in the Canadian market. Successful solutions will have a high impact in reducing the volume of food waste in absolute (total volume of food saved) or relative terms (percentage of food saved). The deadline to apply is January 18, 2021.
Program Promotes Age-Friendly Communities in Nova Scotia
Government of Nova Scotia
The Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program provides funding for projects that lead to more age-friendly communities in Nova Scotia. Projects funded through the program help advance the goals outlined in Shift: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for planning and projects. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2021, depending on the availability of funds.
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The latest updates from GrantStation
Make the Most of Your COVID-19 Grant Funding
Leverage: The Name of the Game for 2021
Grant Management Tips from Cynthia M. Adams, Founder and CEO of GrantStation
Are you scrambling to get a request in to one of the many COVID-19 funding opportunities coming across your desk? Perhaps the proposal you are currently working on is for up to $75,000 to go towards costs incurred due to the pandemic. This award will not cover all of your costs, not by a long shot, but it will certainly help. But before you fill out one more form, take a minute to ask yourself: If I do receive this $75,000 how can I use it to leverage additional money so I can truly cover the costs incurred, and move my organization forward?
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