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2014 Donner Awards Program

Awards to Recognize Canada Non-Profits
Providing a Broad Range of Quality Social Services

GrantWatch ID#: 142073
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Donner Canadian Foundation Awards


Awards totaling $60,000 to recognize Canada's best-run non-profit agencies and organizations providing social services in one of the following broad areas: (a) counseling services/crisis intervention, (b) education, (c) prevention and treatment of substance abuse, (d) provision of basic necessities, (e) services for children, (f) services for people with disabilities or (g) services for seniors.

Category definitions are fairly broad to foster inclusion rather than exclusion. When determining your agency or program's suitability for a category, focus on the type of service actually delivered to clients. The Donner Canadian Foundation Awards defines each category as follows:

1. Counseling Services/Crisis Intervention - agencies or programs that provide support and information through counseling (whether it is by telephone, in written form, one-on-one, or in a group) or to those in distress (it tends to be an immediate crisis response).

2. Education - agencies or programs providing education (continuing, alternative or traditional) and training.

3. Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse - agencies or programs that promote wellness and assist people in dealing with drug and alcohol addictions.

4. Provision of Basic Necessities - agencies or programs that provide at least one of three basic life necessities: food, clothing and shelter.

5. Services for Children - agencies or programs that provide care and development for children outside a classroom environment.

6. Services for People with Disabilities - agencies or programs that provide goods and/or services for people with a disability.

7. Services for Seniors - agencies or programs that provide goods and/or services for people who are senior citizens.


The Foundation has very few limitations on eligibility. The agency applying to the Donner Awards must be a Canadian non-profit delivering services or programs (within Canada) in at least one of the seven service categories listed above.

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In addition to submitting the online application, applicants must also send one copy of the agency's annual report (or equivalent, such as the minutes of the Annual General Meeting and/or a newsletter for the "most recent year"); and the financial statements for the most recent year. You may email these report attachments to with "Application Reports" and your agency's full name in the subject line. These materials must be emailed no later than the deadline date.

Alternatively, forward these reports, post-marked no later than the deadline date, to:

Donner Canadian Foundation Awards
401-1491 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4T 1Z4

All applicants who complete the online application and provide their supporting documentation by the May 30, 2014 deadline will be eligible for the $1,000 cash draw.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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