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The Better Toronto Coalition was started to do two things: share the stories of frontline organizations addressing the crisis and encourage direct financial support; create a central fund for donors that want to pool their giving. The following organizations have received grants from the Better Toronto Coalition Fund.



Toronto Foundation has supported a broad range of organizations in the wake of the pandemic, making unrestricted grants where possible — with no strings attached.

Within two months of physical distancing restrictions, we issued 122 grants. By the end of the summer, that number grew to 198. In total, with the help of donors and Vancity Community Investment Bank, we granted over $3.3 million.

We prioritized smaller and medium-sized nonprofits that tackle inequality and serve people living on low-income and otherwise vulnerable populations in the city.


All Better Toronto Coalition Grants


100 Strong Foundation

2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations

Aboriginal Legal Services  (Trustee: NCCT)

Access Alliance Multicultural and Community Services

Actors Fund of Canada (The AFC)


AfriCan Food Basket (Trustee: FoodShare)

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA)

Agincourt Community Services Association

Alexandra Park Community Centre

Anduhyaun Inc

Anishnawbe Health Foundation

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

BBPA Harry Jerome Scholarship

Black Creek Community Farm

Black Creek Community Health Centre

Black Daddies

Black Health Alliance

Black Legal Action Centre

Black Opportunities Fund

Black Women in Motion

Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough (East Scarborough Boys’ & Girls’ Club)

Breakaway Addictions Services


Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care

Canadian Stage Company

CANVAS Arts (Trustee: SKETCH)

Caribbean African Canadian Social (CAFCAN) Services

CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

Centre for Community Learning and Development

Centre for Connected Communities

Centre for Social Inovation

Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto 

Charlie’s Freewheels

Children’s Aid Foundation Canada

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre

Clean Air Partnership

Community Family Services of Ontario

CREW Toronto (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather)


Culturelink Settlement Services

Daily Bread Food Bank

Diaspora Dialogues

Distress Centres of Toronto

Dream Legacy Foundation

Dress for Success

Ecologos/Water Docs

EcoSpark Environmental Organization

Environmental Defence Canada Inc.

Etobicoke Services for Seniors

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth


Facing History and Ourselves Canada

FCJ Refugee Centre

FEAT for Children of Incarcerated Parents

Findhelp Information Services

FOCUS Media Arts Centre (formerly Regent Park Focus)


For Youth Initiative

Fred Victor

Friendly Neighbour Hotline (UHN OpenLab)

Friends of Ruby

Friends of the Rouge Watershed Inc.

Future Possibilities for Kids

Gabriel Dumont Non-Profit Homes Inc.


Greenest City

Green Futures Fund

Greenest City

Homeless Connect Toronto

Homes First Foundation

Horizons for Youth

Imagine Canada

Jamaican Canadian Association

Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre

Jane Finch Housing Coalition (Trustee: Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre)

Jean Augustine Centre in South Etobicoke

Jessie’s Centre

Lady Ballers Camp

L’Arche Toronto Homes

LAMP Community Health Centre

Lay-Up Youth Basketball

LOFT Community Services


Macaulay Child Development Centre

Massey Centre

Matthew House

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Miziwe Biik Employment and Training


Mobile Food Bank

Montage Support Services

Na Me Res (Native Men’s Residence)

National African Integration and Families Association

Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Native Earth Performing Arts Inc.

Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Nia Centre For the Arts

Nightwood Theatre

Nishnawbe Homes Inc.

North York Community House

North York Women’s Shelter

Obsidian Theatre Company Inc.

Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy

Ontario Black History Society

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Ontario Non-Profit Network (Trustee: Toronto Neighbourhood Centres)

Outward Bound

Paprika Theatre Festival (Paprika Festival)

Parenting Group (Trustee: Flemingdon Health Centre)

Park People

Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Project Neutral

Prosper Canada

R.I.S.E. Edutainment(Trustee: VIBE Arts)

Regent Park Community Health Centre

Regent Park Film Festival

ResQ Youth International

Rexdale Community Health Centre

Robert Kerr Foundation

Roseneath Theatre


Scadding Court Community Centre

Scarborough Centre for Health Communities

Scarborough Food Security Initiative (Trustee:Warden Woods Community Centre)

Scarborough Rosewood Food Drive (Trustee: North Scarborough Rotary Club)

Second Harvest

Sheena’s Place

Sherbourne Health Centre


SKETCH Working Arts for Street-involved and Homeless Youth

Small Change Fund

Small World Music Society

Social Planning Toronto

Soulpepper Theatre Company

St. Stephen’s Community House

South Asian Women’s Rights Organization

Sprint Senior Care

St. Stephen’s Community House

Stella’s Place

Stolen From Africa

Street Health

Sunshine Centres


TAIBU Community Health Centre

Tarragon Theatre

The 519

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Blackcap)

The Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples

The David Suzuki Foundation

The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation

The Local 

The Neighbourhood Group

The Period Purse

The Stop Community Food Centre

Theatre Direct

Thunder Women Healing Lodge Society

Together Project (Trustee: TIDES Canada)

Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (Trustee: NCCT)

Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness

Toronto and York Region Metis Council

Toronto Arts Foundation

Toronto Community Benefits

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre

Toronto Drop-In Network

Toronto Environmental Alliance

Toronto Inuit Association

Toronto Neighbourhood Centres

Toronto Urban Native Ministry

Tropicana Community Services Organization (of Scarborough)



UrbanArts Community


Vibrant Healthcare Alliance

Victim Services Toronto

Visions of Science Network for Learning

Warden Woods Community Centre

Wellesley Institute

West Neighbourhood House

Weston King Neighbourhood Centre

Wigwamen Incorporated

Woman Abuse Council of Toronto

Women’s Health In Women’s Hands Community Health Centre

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

WoodGreen Foundation

Workers Action Centre

Yonge Street Mission

Young People’s Theatre

YWCA Toronto