Toronto Foundation makes grants in two ways:
- Through the individual funds and wishes of our Fundholders and;
- Through the Foundation’s central pool of funding the we have discretion over.
The amount of funding available centrally varies from year to year. Typically these funds are disbursed through public calls for applications. All of this funding is generally dedicated to support work in Toronto.
Our overall approach to granting is through an equity lens. We prioritize small and mid-sized organizations that have historically received a significantly smaller proportion of all charitable donations. We also prioritize organizations working to tackle the pervasive and growing inequities in our city. Toronto’s Vital Signs research informs the work.
We include here funding opportunities in social impact investing as well.
- Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants (our annual fall call for applications)
- Deacon Legacy Grants
- Social Impact Investments
Sometimes we partner to offer special funding opportunities. In 2020 that includes these programs:
- Investment Readiness Program (round 2 applications open from September 8 -October 9, 2020)
- Emergency Community Support Fund
Be Alerted for Future Calls for Applications
Toronto Foundation is a public foundation. As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) permits the Foundation to make grants only to registered charities or qualified donees. Click here to see what constitutes a qualified donee. However, sometimes we manage opportunities where non qualified donees can receive funding; specific eligibility requirements for each opportunity are explained in the links above.