Learn about the Community Foundation and apply for a grant

    We provide grants to Canadian schools, charities and organizations in an effort to make a difference in the lives of children in our communities. Donations to the Community Foundation can be made at any time to contribute to the grants.

    The application period is open from March to April.

    Donate to the Foundation

    We offer 2 types of grants

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    Community-based support projects

    Eligible projects increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects create or expand services rather than maintaining existing services, for example hiring staff or purchasing new equipment.

    Project grants can total up to $25,000* each.

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    Signature Grant

    This grant is in place to contribute to the overall work and mission of national organizations that deliver programs or support to children and youth.

    Up to 3 Signature Grants of $50,000 each can be awarded every year.

    What you need to apply

    Submit information about your organization and project to be considered for grant funding.

    Information on your organization

    To be considered for a Foundation grant, you’ll need to send us the following information about your organization.

    • Name and signature of a top executive (charity**, non-profit organization**, school, community organization, library or Canadian amateur athletic association)
    • Names of your volunteer Board of Directors/organizing committee
    • Detailed project plan
    • Budget
    • Financial statement (valued up to $5,000)
    • Notice to Reader or Compilation Engagement (valued at $5,001-$15,000)
    • Review Engagement Report (valued at $15,001-$25,000)
    • Independent audited financial statements are required for Signature grants (valued at $25,001-$50,000)

    The application period is currently closed.

    Information on your project

    You’ll need to submit detailed information about your project.

    • Description of your project indicating how it’s community-based, community-driven or relies on community resources
    • Outline capacity-building activities, such as hiring or training staff, program costs, purchasing or construction of new equipment or facilities
    • Plan that outlines resources, other funding sources, clear objectives, skills and experience of team members
    • Examples of past successful programs for Signature Grant eligibility
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    Important deadlines (updated March 30, 2020)

    March 9, 2020: Applications are accepted

    May 28, 2020 (12:00 pm ET): Submissions deadline

    April to August: Review and trustee approval period

    October 2020: Decision is communicated to applicants

    Fall 2020: Public announcement of grant recipients

    March 2021: New application period opens

    Get to know the Community Foundation

    Learn about the kind of projects we award grants to, the trustee members that oversee the process and organizations that have received grants.

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    Projects we support

    Get information on the types of projects we support and how we allocate funds.

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    Our Foundation trustees

    Meet the people that review applications and decide on recipients.

    See Board of Trustees
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    Past grant recipients

    Find out which community organizations and companies have been granted funds in the past.

    See past recipients

    Get more information on the Community Foundation