Funding Opportunities eNewsletter
January 31, 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
Government of Canada - Canada Summer Jobs Program
Application Deadline: February 3, 2019

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.
The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

The program objectives have been updated to:
  • Provide quality work experiences for youth;
  • Respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers; and,
  • Provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills.

New expanded eligibility now includes all youth aged 15-30, and is no longer restricted to students. This change has been made to complement the Government's renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy, announced in Budget 2018.

Catherine Donnelly Foundation
Application Deadline: February 4, 2019

In supporting the mission of the Foundation, we are primarily interested in the following areas:

Adult Education Advancement Initiatives
The Foundation will consider applications that focus on the adult education and learning needs of new Canadians and marginalized populations and in particular, those that seek to address the most pressing contemporary problems and concerns of these groups. 

Environmental Enhancement Initiatives
The Foundation will consider applications that aim to catalyze a significant increase in public support for fast and deep-reaching climate change solutions. Priority will be given to broad integrated approaches linking disparate initiatives, enhancing public engagement, and integrating marginalized sectors of the population into climate change dialogues and movements. Of particular interest is a desire to engage with and support Indigenous-led climate justice movements.

Canadian Women's Foundation: Violence Prevention Grants
Application Deadline: February 4, 2019

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is now accepting proposals for the 2019-2020 Annual Violence Prevention Grants. Organizations can apply for grants that address one of the following goals:

Prevention: Prevent gender-based violence through programs for girls only, or for teens of all genders (11 to 19 years old);

Rebuilding Lives: Support for women’s organizations and programs involving women and children in rebuilding their lives after experiencing violence;

Loan Funds: Provide interest-free loan funds to women who have experienced violence.

Toronto Enterprise Fund - Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund
Application Deadline: February 5, 2019

The Mixed Capital Opportunities Fund (Mixed Cap) aims to support non-profit social enterprises that are using innovative approaches to address social, environmental, economic or cultural changes and supports the expansion of early stage, high growth social enterprises by providing a hybrid form of capital, comprised of a combined loan (50%) and grant (50%).
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
  • The loan component will be in the form of Term Loans and or Lines of Credit (LOC must be secured) and competitive interest rates will be set according to Alterna’s lending policies
  • Learn about how non-profit social enterprises can access and confidently manage debt financing

Interested organizations must:
  • Be an incorporated non-profit social enterprise that demonstrates job creation potential, particularly for minorities & disadvantaged groups
  • Have identified a solid business opportunity
  • Be located and operating in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton area
  • Attend a mandatory information session
  • Submit a business plan as part of the application process

Winter 2019 is the next round of Mixed Cap funding available; the deadline for applications is February 5, 2019. If you would like to apply for Winter 2019 Mixed Cap funding and you were unable to attend the January 17 info webinar, please email Courtney at

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Seed Grants
Application Deadline: February 6, 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.

Seed grants are grants that support projects at the idea or conceptual stage to achieve a Priority Outcome. Amounts vary between $5,000 to $75,000. Term is up to one year.

Laidlaw Foundation: Indigenous Youth and Community Futures Fund
Application Deadline: February 11, 2019

Through the Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund (IYCFF), we invest in opportunities for Indigenous youth to connect with their land, languages and cultures, and strengthen and deepen their relationships within and across Indigenous communities. We also support the transmission of cultural practices and knowledge to future generations.

We believe that these processes support the cornerstones of reconciliation efforts: decolonization, nation building and cultural resurgence. More specifically, the ICYFF grants are for Indigenous youth to develop and lead projects where they:
  • learn about and are immersed in their lands, languages, rights, laws and cultures
  • participate in everyday acts of resurgence, reclamation and wellbeing
  • build relationships within and across Indigenous communities
  • learn about and define for themselves what reconciliation means

Applications are due by 11:59 PM, February 11, 2019. If you’re interested in applying, we encourage you to contact the Program Manager, Betul Keles.

Ontario Trillium Foundation: Youth Opportunities Fund - Youth Innovations and Family Innovations Streams
Application Deadline: February 12, 2019

The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides grants and capacity building supports to grassroots groups, community-based organizations and collaboratives focused on improving the wellbeing of children, youth, and families facing systemic barriers.

Youth Innovations Stream
The Youth Innovations Stream invests in the work of grassroots groups that are youth-led or youth-adult partnerships by funding projects that test an idea or grow a successful project. Through this stream, YOF provides young people facing systemic barriers with the resources they need to design and deliver inspiring solutions to issues that matter to them.

Family Innovations Stream
The Family Innovations Stream invests in the work of grassroots groups delivering culturally anchored projects that empower, support, and strengthen families. Family Innovations projects will engage parents, guardians, and caregivers who face systemic barriers and challenges to family wellbeing. Through this stream, the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) provides families with the resources needed to thrive.

Clarington Community Grant Program
Application Deadline: February 22, 2019

The Community Grant Program provides financial assistance to not-for-profit, volunteer community organizations to provide direct programs, events or services that benefit the residents of Clarington.
Eligible organizations can receive funding for one successful grant application per year up to a maximum of $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to pursue other funding opportunities and are eligible to apply for funding for events through Clarington’s Community Event Sponsorship Program. Organizations will not be eligible if they receive municipal funds through the Clarington municipal budget. Organizations must remain in good financial standing with the Municipality of Clarington to be considered.

Applications for the 2018 will be accepted from January 16, 2019 to February 22, 2019. For more information, visit 

If you have any questions about the Community Grant Program, please contact our Community Development Team at or 905-435-1061 ext 2563 / 2564.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2019

Since launching in 2013, the Town of Ajax's IMPACT Ajax Program has provided support to organizations, neighbourhood events and innovative community projects and initiatives. The funds help build stronger, connected and inclusive communities .

Programs and Services
Request funding to run a free new program or service for Ajax residents. To learn more, check out our IMPACT Ajax Guidelines for Programs & Services Stream

Gathering and Events
Request funding and a room rental to host a free new gathering or event for the Ajax community. To learn more, check out our IMPACT Ajax Guidelines for Gatherings & Events Stream

Request funding to host a free activity in your Ajax neighbourhood by becoming an Ajax neighbourhood team member. To learn more, check out our IMPACT Ajax Guidelines for Neighbourhood Engagement Social Team (NEST)

Federation of Canadian Municipalities - Green Municipal Fund
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is a unique program that provides funding and knowledge services to support sustainable community development. GMF-supported initiatives aim to improve air, water, and soil, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Capital projects: Energy, transportation, water and waste
FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) finances capital projects that improve air, water, and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Farm Credit Canada
Application Deadline: March 1 to 29, 2019

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project (construction of or upgrades to a hospital, medical centre, childcare facility, rink, sportsplex, etc., purchase of fire and rescue equipment) and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, your project may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000.

The sustainable use of resources contributes to successful community development. Does your project enhance the lives of residents or contribute to sustainability in your community? Examples include upgrades to heating and cooling systems in a community building, installing new windows in a rec centre or purchasing capital items for a recycling facility. If so, we encourage you to apply.

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.
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.

Canada Post Community Foundation
Application Deadline: Call open March 1 through 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.

Government of Canada: Canadian Heritage: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage - Local Festivals and Community Anniversaries
Application Deadline:  April 13, 2019

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

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.

Government of Ontario: Youth Jobs Strategy: Summer Company
Application Deadline: May 9, 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.

Community One Foundation (Rainbow Grants)
Coming Soon: Rainbow Grant applications open February 1, 2019

Rainbow Grants provide funding to foster new and innovative services and programs that have a positive impact on the LGBTTIQQ2S community in the GTA, in the areas of:
  • health and social sciences
  • arts and culture
  • research, education and advocacy 

Foundation Rainbow Grants are available for up to $7,500 and are open to registered charities or groups trusteed by a registered charity. General Rainbow Grants are available for up to $1,500 and are open to groups or individuals without charitable status.

The RBC Community Rainbow Grant was created in partnership with RBC Royal Bank. This grant is available to a registered charity for up to $10,000. The RBC Community Rainbow Grant focuses on one or more of the following key areas:
  • seed new and innovative projects to combat discrimination on the basis of sexual/gender identity and create an atmosphere of respect and acceptance
  • support needed but underfunded services to LGBT individuals and families
  • provide programming specifically aimed at supporting newcomers to Canada who have identified themselves with the LGBT community

Government of Ontario: Summer Experience Program
Coming Soon: Anticipated to open in early March

The Summer Experience Program (SEP) provides not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and Aboriginal/First Nations communities with funding to create meaningful summer employment opportunities for students.

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