Funding Opportunities eNewsletter
March 28, 2019
Funding Opportunities Update
for Not-for-Profits
Key objectives of the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council (LDIPC) are to create a culture of inclusion and support the two-way integration of diverse populations. One way to achieve these is to support the work of the not-for-profit sector in Durham Region.

We know that funding is very important to not-for-profit organizations. As we find out about grants and funding opportunities we are committed to sharing that information with our community partners. We know that a strong, well-funded not-for-profit sector can better meet the needs of Durham’s diverse communities.
Please share this information with your own networks and contacts. If you would like to have additional email addresses added to this list or you would like to be removed from the list, please email us at .
Important Tip! Register your organization online at the Grants Ontario website . Grants Ontario provides information about available grants, how to apply for grants and how to check the status of your application.
Granting Opportunities by Deadline
Goodlife Kids Foundation
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Does your organization provide a physical activity program for kids with special needs? Does your program:
  • Serve kids with intellectual disabilities and/or autism?
  • Stand out as unique in your community?
  • Have a clear outcome related to increasing physical activity participation?
If you answered yes to these questions, your program may be eligible for up to $10,000 in funding through GoodLife Kids Foundation's Grant Program.

Clarington Community Event Sponsorship Program
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Municipality of Clarington would like to assist individuals and organizations to provide opportunities for hosting special events. Such activities and events would serve to bring community members together, connect our neighbours and foster pride in Clarington.

The Community Event Sponsorship Program may provide funding for community special events to a maximum of $2,000 per successful application. (Limit of one (1) successful application per applicant per calendar year.)

Applicants are further encouraged to pursue other opportunities for financial support. Organizations that receive funding through the Municipality of Clarington's Community Grant Program are eligible.

Organizations must be and must remain in good financial standing with the Municipality of Clarington.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children.

The maximum amount of funding available for any project is $50,000, though most grants will be $25,000 (or less) to allow more projects to be supported. The Grant Advisory Committee will ensure fair and equitable regional and provincial distribution of funds raised. The Canada Post Community Foundation funds projects in any given year from donations received in the prior year.

An annual granting process will be used to distribute funds for projects that best meet the Foundation’s vision.

It is suggested that organizations that apply for the project be based in the community or significantly rely on community resources to undertake the activities proposed/to achieve the stated objectives.

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and Indigenous Service Canada - Nation Rebuilding Program
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019

Beginning in 2018, the Nation Rebuilding Program will provide funding support for activities facilitating Indigenous groups' own path to reconstituting their nations. Funding will be provided annually, for up to 5 years, through contribution agreements. The total amount of funding available for this program over 5 years is $100 million.

Who can apply?

  • reconstituted Indigenous nations entities (as self-defined by Indigenous groups, could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines)
  • nation member communities or member organizations, on behalf of nation entities
  • Section 35 rights-bearing Métis groups
  • national and regional Indigenous organizations
  • self-governing Indigenous governments

Preference will be given to reconstituted Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities.

Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation - Donation Committee
Meeting Date: April 25, 2019
Presentation Request Deadline: April 19, 2019

With the dissolution of the Baagwating Community Association (BCA), and the restructuring at the MSIFN complete, we are please to announce that the MSIFN Donations Committee is up and running!

Following in the footsteps of the BCA, the MSIFN Donations Committee hopes to continue to help organizations, communities and individuals with charitable giving.

In an attempt to streamline all requests from individuals and authorized representatives (Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Case/Social Works, etc.) we have created two application forms. These forms consist of a checklist with guidelines of what the MSIFN Donations Committee would like to review when considering a request for assistance.

For all organizations requesting funding, the MSIFN Donations Committee requires a description of your organization, budget details, fundraising goals and the other sources funding your project or program.

The MSIFN Donations Committee will meet once a month to review requests. The Meeting Schedule will be subject to change without notice. Please send in requests at least 4 working days prior to the next scheduled meeting for inclusion, or it may not be presented until the next month's meeting.

Please send your request by:
  • Fax to 1-905-985-8828 - Attn: MSIFN Donations Committee or
  • Email to

Government of Canada: Canadian Heritage: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries
Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans, or historical performers.

Government of Canada: Canadian Heritage: Museums Assistance Program
Canada-France Agreement Application Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Canada-France Agreement component aims to develop special, lasting ties between museums in Canada and France, as well as enhancing the skills and competencies of museum professionals. It also assists Canadian organizations in developing new international partnerships and in reaching new potential audiences for Canadian heritage collections.

Toronto Enterprise Fund - Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund
Application Deadline: May 8, 2019

This innovative collaboration between the Toronto Enterprise Fund (TEF) and Alterna Savings will make debt financing more accessible to social enterprises. Mixed Cap is funded by the Province of Ontario and United Way Toronto & York Region (through a gift from the Polar Foundation), with all loan financing coming from Alterna Savings.

Apply for between $10,000 and $30,000 in total investment (split equally between a loan and a grant). In exceptional cases, up to $50,000 may be approved; security/collateral may be required in these instances

Spring 2019 is the next open round of applications, with a deadline of May 8, 2019. If you would like to apply for Mixed Cap funding and you have not yet attended a Mixed Cap Info Webinar, please email Courtney at and she will share information on how to access a webinar recording.

Crown-Indi genous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and Indigenous Service Canada - High-Cost Special Education Program
Application Deadline: May 15, 2019

The High-Cost Special Education Program funds additional services for high-cost special education students assessed with severe to profound learning disabilities. Funding is provided for direct service support in the form of personnel, adaptive materials and resource services

The High-Cost Special Education Program consists of direct and indirect services. Direct services represent at least 75% of the available funding. These include a number of classroom and school-based services related to the education and support of students with high-cost special needs.

Examples include:

  • costs associated with the:
-acquisition of professional assessments
-completion of student assessments
-educational psychological, speech and language services
-counselling and social services
-Elder, mentoring and cultural services
-occupational therapy and physical therapy services
-instructional and resource materials
-assistive technologies and equipment purchases
  • salaries and benefits for:
-special education teachers
-individual teacher aides and para-professional workers

Indirect services represent up to 25% of total High-Cost Special Education Program funding. Funding is provided to eligible First Nations recipients for the development of special education programs and services on the understanding that each First Nations student with special education needs is unique. Each student requires a customized program to meet their individual needs in order to best support their success.

Examples include:

  • professional development and training for teachers and teachers' aides
  • information services for parents
  • costs associated with:
-accommodations involving changes in how a student accesses information and -demonstrated learning, which can include changes in the method of instruction, curriculum and the environment

Government of Ontario: Youth Jobs Strategy: Summer Company
Application Deadline: May 19, 2019

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

The Summer Company program helps youth start their own business and gain the skills they need to succeed. It offers mentorship, training and awards of up to $3,000 to students aged 15 to 29.

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Capital Grants
Organization Registration Deadline: May 22, 2019
Application Deadline: June 12, 2019

The Ontario Trillium Foundation distributes its funding to charities and not-for-profits based upon six different action areas:

  • Encouraging more active lifestyles
  • Building inclusive and engaged communities together
  • Encouraging people to support a healthy and sustainable environment
  • Enriching people's lives through arts, culture and heritage
  • Supporting the positive development of children and youth
  • Enhancing people's economic wellbeing.

Capital grants are grants that broaden access, improve community spaces to achieve a Priority Outcome.

  • Term: up to one year.
  • Amount: from $5,000 to $150,000.

Activities funded include:

  • Buying and installing equipment
  • Doing renovations, installations and repairs
  • Making better use of technological resources

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019

The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.

Eligible projects include:

  • Schoolyard greening and outdoor classrooms
  • Park revitalization & restoration work
  • Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs
  • Community gardens
  • Natural playgrounds (natural play elements only)
  • Citizen science projects in public green spaces
  • Bioblitzes
  • Trail building and restoration
  • Neighbourhood park programming
  • Recycling/composting programs
  • In-class/indoor and outdoor environmental education programming
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