Other Grant Sources
A brief list of funding sources for local charities, eligible not-for-profits as well as culturally oriented funding sources for local arts and culture. Note: the Community Foundation is not responsible for up-to-date information on these funders.
Community Foundation Grey Bruce
Capital granting up to $35,000 per applicant for projects the following year. Applications need to address priorities as identified by Community Foundation's Vital Signs. Letters of intent to be submitted through an online grant portal by July 1st. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application due September 15th. Successful applicants will receive funding in October. Link to granting portal:
Owners of 94.5 Classic Rock, 101.7 The One, and CKNX am 920. Supporting capital projects through the Walter J. Blackburn Foundation. Grants are made to charitable organizations, with major focus on projects in thr areas of health, education, social welfare, the environment and the arts. The primary geographic interest is London and Southwestern Ontario but projects that are provincial will not be excluded from consideration, Grants are awarded for capital purposes and 'seed money' only. A letter of inquiry gets sent first to: Elizabeth Abbott, Administrator, The Walter J. Blackburn Foundation, Suite 102, 700 richmond St., London ON N6A 5C7.
Federal and Provincial Supports
Grants and Funding from the Government of Canada
The Government of Canada has gathered it's grants and funding opportunities in to one area on thie webpage. View the list at the following link:
Community Forward Fund
COMMUNITY LENDING - Community Forward Fund lends to impactful non-profits, charities and social enterprises across Canada. They have worked with organizations across a wide variety of sectors including housing, the arts, renewable energy, food and community spaces.
- They lend to organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities.
- Provide financing that is flexible and designed to meet your organization’s needs.
- They draw on extensive experience to structure financing opportunities that are customized to their borrowers’ needs.
- Empower borrowers with the financial tools needed to strengthen their communities.
To determine if you are applicable, fill out the online assesment or contact them direct by phone or email.
CAPACITY BUILDING - Money, Mission, Strategy is an innovative peer-based educational clinic designed to equip non-profit with the knowledge and skills they need to assess their financial health and incorporate practical financial planning tools into day-to-day communications and management.
Grants and Funding from the Government of Ontario
Following is a link to the grants and funding portal of the Government of Ontario. Funding opportunities are listed by sector, ministry or alphabetically.
Ontario Trillium Foundation (regional office)
Priorities changing in 2015 but historically supports some capital initiatives, community building initiatives, health, recreation, arts and culture, etc. Emphasis on broad impact.
Other sources of general or project funding (not necessarily capital):
Community Foundation Grey Bruce
Community Project granting up to $3,000 or up to $5,000 if project proves direct benefit to distadvantaged children and their family. Applications need to address priorities as identified by Community Foundation's Vital Signs. Granting twice a year with deadlines of April 15th and September 15th. See complete criteria in the application form. Link to granting portal:
Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
A range of areas of support including health, arts and culture, capital expenses, building funds, Christian causes, equipment, etc. Easy online application.
Bruce Power has a social responsibility to engage, assist and champion the needs and causes close to home. Applying one year to 1.5 years in advance of funding target is recommended.
Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Arts and culture, children/youth, education, environment, social services, sports and recreation, capital funding, program funding, special project funding, etc. Categories are Arts & Culture, Community Services, Conservation & the Environment, Education, Health & Social Services and Youth & Sports. Applicant on-profits and charities are welcome to apply as long as they are based in Ontario and any funds received must be used within Ontario. Email for guidelines for submitting a proposal.
Charles H. Ivey Foundation
Support Arts, Community and Sustainable practices in Ontario or remote northern communities in Ontario. Grants are typically multi-year commitments, not exceeding $100,000, and are designed to assist applicants to introduce new services, or elevate existing operations to a new plateau to meet the changing environment.
CMOG - Canadian Museums Operating Grant
Many criteria must be met for this "staple" in museum funding. Difficult for new museums to get in but worth the effort to try.
Funding available to Flesherton and immediate area for improvement projects with local appeal. Ads appear in the local paper asking for submissions once per year.
Green Shield Canada Community Giving Program
The Green Shield Canada (GSC) Community Giving Program supports the health and wellness of Canadian communities. It contributes funds to support work in the areas of Health and Wellness, Health Education/Promotion and Social Services. They give priority to programs that enable access to health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community.
HODG - Heritage Organization Development Grant for heritage societies etc. Approx. $500-1500 per year for operational costs.
Home Depot Canada Foundation
Community Grants & Affordable Housing - dedicated to sharing time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and build strong communities for Canadians in need. Their primary focus is supporting initiatives that directly benefit homeless youth, by providing access to safe, stable housing and support services
Hydro One - Community Investment Program
Hydro One's Community Investment Program is committed to giving to communities where we live and work. Through community donations and local sponsorships, Hydro One is helping to build safe communities by supporting programs, events and initiatives that focus on safety training and safe play. However, you are encouraged to submit an application explaining how your program, event or initiative will make your communities safer.
The Leflar Foundation
The Leflar Foundation's mission is to help children and youth in the Owen Sound and Grey/ Bruce county area. They offer financial support to non-profit, charitable organizations that provide opportunities or services to children in the area in recreational, educational, cultural and medical endeavors. Their intent is to assist disadvantaged children and youth, in order that they may participate in activities or obtain services that they might not otherwise have access to in their community.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
Organizations helping seniors make a difference in the lives of others, and in their communities. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following objectives: promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors
Ontario Arts Council
A huge range of funding programs available including funding for public galleries, culturally diverse curatorial projects, inter-arts projects, etc. Extremely competitive, known for difficult grant application processes.
Ontario Power Generation
OPG's Corporate Citizenship Program demonstrates their commitment to the well-being of the host communities where they operate. OPG supports more than 1,100 small grassroots charitable not-for-profit CCP community investment initiatives each year, including about 250 student awards across their site communities. Focus is on community events, environmental initiatives and science education. Applicants must submit a request on their letterhead by email. Contact Lynda Cain, Senior Communications Advisor for criteria and information.
Retired Teachers Organization (RTO) Service to Others Program
Both provincial and local funding exist for projects that bring focus to the value of active and retired teachers in Ontario, and special projects.
The Rexall Foundation - Rexall Care Network
Caregiver's health and wellness
RTO7 - Partnership Funding
This funding can be helpful for partnered projects in the community that could arguably attract tourism. There is a current push or slant towards local food projects combined with local culture initiatives.
Scotiabank Responsibility & Impact
Sponsorships and funding for charities and non-profits, assessed based on your strategic alignment to their focus areas, employee engagement opportunities, financial health, governance and intended social impact
Grants are provided to organizations or individuals for activities benefiting Canadian music creators. Programs are divided by genre:
Popular Music: activities involving Canadian songwriters, lyricists and music publishers, focusing on popular music (eg. jazz, folk, world, hip-hop, blues or roots music) and;
Concert Music: activities involving Canadian composers and music publishers, focusing on concert music.
Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund
The Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund provides funding to not-for-profit organizations with expertise in supporting social enterprises. These not-for-profit organizations use the funding to support social enterprises. They do this in 2 ways by 1) providing mentorship, coaching, and supports to the social enterprise 2) providing funding to the social enterprise in the form of a grant, a loan, etc.
Summer Experience Program
Summer student funding.
Young Canada Works
For cultural and heritage organizations to fund summer student positions.
Meridian Credit Union – Good Neighbour Program
The Good Neighbour Program, which has sponsored more than 1,500 worthwhile organizations and events in Meridian communities since 2006, is one of Meridian's best-known community initiatives. The Good Neighbour Program is our corporate social responsibility program. From now on everything we do economically, socially and environmentally to make our communities strong, vibrant and inclusive will fall under the umbrella of our Good Neighbour Program.
- Product – Techsoup Canada: Donated software for a fraction of the price available to registered charities, plus help and support eg. How to write a social media campaign. www.techsoupcanada.ca
- Community Futures – Free webinars for not-for-profit organizations https://www.cfontario.ca/public-information
- Wordpress Resources and Tools - 100 low-cost or free web-based tools for non-profits.http://nonprofitorgs.wordpress.com
A general note about seeking money from foundations:
A very flawed list is available on Wikipedia of Canadian Foundations worth more than 10 million in assets. If your organization can afford it, there are numerous companies selling customized software to aid charities with foundation funding such as Foundation Search and numerous others. An affordable option is Ajah Fundtracker which is an online service for a fairly nominal fee per month.
In almost all cases with Foundations, a letter of intent or inquiry is required before you get invited to make a full application. Foundations must write cheques to registered charities. If you are not a registered charity and seek Foundation funding, you need to partner with a charitable organization who will seek funding for the shared project.