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Vital Ideas and Leadership Grant

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Nonprofits for Capacity Building
Initiatives to Increase Effectiveness and Sustainability

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toronto Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/06/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Toronto, Ontario nonprofits and registered charities for capacity building initiatives that will improve the organization's ability to positively impact the city. Funding is intended for one-time strategic grants to support organizations that are addressing quality of life issues highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report.

Grants will fund new strategic activities that will increase the effectiveness and sustainability of an initiative and position it for deeper impact. Deeper impact may include improved services, increased access, or replication or expansion of the current model of

Grant requests MUST feature all three of the following components:
- 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162731

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are for up to $50,000, divided as follows:
- Idea: $30,000 - $40,000
- Professional Development: $5,000 - $10,000
- Evaluationt: $5,000 - $10,000

Term of Contract:

One year (May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants only to registered charities or qualified donees.

A nonprofit organization that is not a registered charity wishing to apply for funding from the Foundation may consider a trusteeship with a registered charity that would receive the funds for the proposed project. The CRA requires this relationship to be set out in writing, signed by the charity and nonprofit organizations.

The relationship between the Charity and the nonprofit must be an appropriate link, not simply one of convenience (e.g.: a library would not be an acceptable intermediary for a little league baseball team).

Please note: for the Foundation to consider a request for funding from an organization that is not a registered charity, a signed Agreement between the Charity and the NPO must be included with the application.

Not funded:

- Program expenses
- Initiatives at the pilot stage
- Previously funded initiatives
- Budget deficits

Pre-proposal Conference:

You can register for an optional orientation session on Nov. 2 (10:00-11:30 AM.), Nov. 9 (3:00- 4:30 PM) or Nov. 15 (3:00 – 4:30 PM) through our Eventbrite. RSVP using the link in Contact Information below.

The final session will be streamed on Facebook Live.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is Wednesday, December 6th at 5:00 PM. Applications must be in Word format (not PDF).

Applications will be acknowledged by email by December 15, 2017. Shortlisted applications will be notified in February and grantees will be notified in April 2018. Feedback will also be given in April.

Information on Toronto's Vital Signs Report:

Contact Information:

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

RSVP for the optional orientation session here:

Applications and questions can be directed to Tyler Demers, Program Officer, at

Toronto Foundation
33 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 3H1

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario