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Tackling Inequality In Toronto

What are the priorities that keep community leaders up at night? How can philanthropy help?

Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants aim to surface and support high-impact organizations and their visionary leaders working to tackle our city’s inequities. By amplifying new voices and bridging new connections we aspire to accelerate meaningful change for all.

WHAT ARE TORONTO’S VITAL SIGNS GRANTS?

Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants recognize 25 Toronto community leaders and organizations for their visionary work tackling inequities in the city each year. Applicants are invited to read the recent Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and indicate why and how their organizations are responding to the issues and opportunities highlighted in the Report. The grant includes a one-time unrestricted donation along with additional opportunities for profile and reach.

HOW DO I APPLY?

This grants program is intended to surface the personal and professional reflections of senior leaders of community organizations. As a result, we are asking for the applying organization’s most senior leader to personally submit their answers to show their commitment to their vision.

Only one application per organization will be accepted for this grant stream.

***Priority will be given to small- (operating budget <$500,000) and medium-sized (operating budget between $500,000-$10,000,000) organizations that are equity-led and equity-serving as well as Indigenous-led organizations. As a signatory to The Philanthropic Community’s Declaration of Action, Toronto Foundation takes its commitment to Reconciliation seriously.

Equity acknowledges unequal starting places and addresses unequal needs, conditions, and positions of people and communities that are created by institutional and structural barriers. Equity is more than an outcome; it is an ongoing process that seeks to correct systemic barriers and create a more just and fair society for all.

Equity serving organizations seek to eliminate systemic barriers to participation and facilitate access to opportunities, networks, resources, and supports to allow individuals to reach their full potential.

Equity-led organizations have individuals within their leadership who have living experience of the issues they address in their work.

For more information, contact:

Tyler Demers

Program Officer

416-921-2035 ext. 205

tdemers@torontofoundation.ca

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