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This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Vital Ideas & Leadership

Toronto Foundation is excited to launch an evolved and integrated grant stream – Vital Ideas & Leadership.

Vital Ideas & Leadership – an evolved and integrated grant stream – draws on components of our Vital Ideas and Vital People grant streams to support high-impact initiatives in Toronto with a proven track record of success to achieve deeper impact and build capacity within the not-for-profit sector.

These one-time strategic grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in our city, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and fund new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact.

Through Vital Ideas & Leadership, Toronto Foundation will provide grants of up to $50,000 over one year to support:

  • The idea – strategic activities to position an initiative for deeper impact.
  • Professional development – to support key leadership for the idea.
  • Evaluation – to develop an evaluation framework to measure the deepened impact of the initiative.

This grant stream is currently closed.

For reference, you can read the past guidelines, FAQs, and application formYou can view the PowerPoint presentation here.

Read about our 2017 Vital Ideas and Leadership grantees here.

Read about the impact of Toronto Foundation’s grant streams over the last 10 years here.