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Grants to Ontario Registered Charities, Nonprofits, Municipalities, and First Nations to Improve the Infrastructure in Local Communities

Capital Grant


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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/14/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario registered charities, nonprofit corporations, municipalities, Indigenous communities, and First Nations to improve the infrastructure in local communities. Eligible uses of funding include equipment, construction, renovation, and development costs. Grants support projects that will have a positive impact on the local community.

 The Foundation supports Capital grant projects that:

  • Improve access to community spaces, programs, activities and services, and facilitate community members’ full participation in the life of the community
  • Improve and build community spaces
  • Make programs better and more efficient
  • Make better use of technology

Organizations can request funding for multiple capital improvements within one facility, e.g., touchless entry and widening of doorways at local community centre, or they can request funding for the same capital improvements at multiple facilities, e.g., HVAC retrofits at 3 municipal arenas.

To apply for a Capital grant, your organization needs to select Capital grant outcomes that apply to your project. The outcomes selected need to help your organization address the community need identified in the application:

  • Increase use of facility or space by expanding functionality, square footage, participation rates and/or usable hours. (e.g., outdoor lighting, wall partitions, new changing room, added play area, new or expanded kitchen facilities) 
  • Extend life of facility or space through repairs, retrofits or renovations (e.g., roof, HVAC, seating, windows, doors, electrical upgrades)
  • Improve facility or space to make it accessible to all people. (e.g., ramps, washrooms, automated door openers, elevators)
  • Enhance program and service delivery through the purchase of fixed and non-fixed equipment (e.g., sports equipment, multi-sensory equipment, workstations, maintenance equipment, sound system, kitchen appliances)

For eligible costs, see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following applicants are eligible for funding:
- A charitable organization or public foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency
- An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
- A First Nation
- A Chartered Community Council, operating under the Métis Nation of Ontario
- Inuit

Organizations that are both an incorporated not‐for‐profit and a registered charity should register as a charity.

Inuit-led organizations are to apply as either a charitable organization or an incorporated not for profit organization, as applicable.

A municipality with a population of 20,000 or less is eligible to:
- Apply for funding in OTF’s Active People Action Area fostering more active lifestyles, or in OTF’s Inspired People Action Area supporting arts, culture and heritage projects; and
- Apply for its cultural or recreation agencies, including municipal libraries and museums.

Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
- Adhere to OTF’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, Eligibility Policy, and Financial Need and Health Applicants Policy.
- Organizations need to be in good standing with OTF regarding their granting history. This includes past applications, either approved or declined.

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For ineligible costs, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: June 14, 2023, at 5 PM ET

Organizations can apply for funding starting May 17, 2023.

Grant Application Deadlines:
Application Questions:
Capital Grant Application Resources:
Financial Workbook Instructions:

For additional relevant links, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Term of Contract
Term Length: Maximum 12 months

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact OTF’s Support Centre for general inquiries at or 1 800 263-2887.

Book a 15-minute coaching call to discuss your project:

Ontario Trillium Foundation
(c/o Workhaus)
30 Wellington St. West
5th Floor
Toronto ON
M5L 1E2
416 963-4927

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