Vital People

Supporting not-for-profit leaders

Strengthening the not-for-profit sector by providing grants for the professional development of exceptional leaders.

Not-for-profit organizations play a key role in keeping Toronto vibrant, and their effectiveness depends on the talent and dedication of their staff. The vitality and well-being of our city relies on individuals who take initiative, make a contribution and demonstrate leadership.

What activities do Vital People grants support?
The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. Funded through our Vital Toronto Fund, Vital People grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable not-for-profit leaders to build their skills and knowledge or apply their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership contributions. Grants are available to those just taking on new leadership challenges as well as those with many years of experience.

Who Can Apply?
The Vital People program will accept nominations from any registered charitable organization in the City of Toronto on behalf of a leadership candidate serving in a staff capacity in the organization. For organizations that do not have charitable status, please see the "Who Can Apply?" information sheet for information on how to establish a partnership with a charity and what elements must be included in a signed agreement.

Click here to read examples of past Vital People recipients and their grant use activities.

Who Can Apply? Information Sheet ››

2016 Guidelines & Application (for reference only)

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