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Toronto Foundation makes grants in two ways: 

  1. Through the individual funds led by the wishes of our fundholders and; 
  2. Through the Foundation’s smaller central pool of discretionary funding. 

The amount of Toronto Foundation’s discretionary funding available centrally varies from year to year and responds directly to the issues and opportunities arising from Toronto’s Vital Signs.  Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants and Deacon Legacy Grants are two signature granting programs. In addition, we provide occasional partnership funding for organizations working at the crossroads of issues, sectors and systems change.  

In 2019-2020 (pre-pandemic), together with our fundholders the Toronto Foundation made a total of 1,827 grants to 852 charities, for a total value of $27.2 million. 


Core Grants and Investments 

Toronto's Vital Signs Grants

Deacon Legacy Grants

Social Impact Investments

Responsive Grants 

Occasional funding opportunities do come up – often through our umbrella organization, Community Foundations of Canada.  COVID-19 has prompted many of these funding opportunities. Below are links to the more recent, responsive grants, many of which we’ve partnered on. 

When we partner with Community Foundations of Canada, the funding criteria has already been established and we administer the program locally. We are exploring new avenues to fund more grassroots work and are piloting this approach with our Black and Indigenous Futures Fund. 

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  • Better Toronto Coalition  
  • Black and Indigenous Futures Fund 
  • Canada Healthy Communities Initiative  
  • Emergency Community Support Fund
  • Fund for Gender Equality 
  • Investment Readiness Program 

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For more information, contact:

Jane Doe Title, Department

416-123-4567 ext. 123 @jdoe


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