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Grants to Ontario Nonprofits, Agencies, and Aboriginal Communities
to Pilot, Replicate, or Improve Community Programs

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Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

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Deadline Date:

11/27/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Ontario nonprofits, agencies, and aboriginal organizations to pilot or replicate evidence-based programs that improve the quality of life and promote vibrant communities. Priority areas include active lifestyles, sustainable environment, arts and culture, children and youth, economic well-being, and inclusive communities.

Activities funded include:

  • Launch, replicate or adapt a program
  • Scale up a program currently being delivered, thus impacting more people
  • Improve the quality of a program currently delivered to increase impact 

For more information on the grant types, see:

Action Areas:

  • Active People: Fostering more active lifestyles.
  • Connected People: Building inclusive and engaged communities together.
  • Green People: Encouraging people to support a healthy and sustainable environment.
  • Inspired People: Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage.
  • Promising Young People: Supporting the positive development of children and youth.
  • Prosperous People: Enhancing people’s economic wellbeing.

Types of Costs Funded:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175840

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $250,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Grant terms are two to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OTF considers any one of the following organizations eligible for funding:
- A charitable organization or foundation registered as a charity with the Canada Revenue Agency
- An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
- A First Nation or a First Nation library
- A Metis, Inuit or other Indigenous community
- A municipality with a population of 20,000 or less, or their cultural and recreational agencies, including libraries and museums. Eligible municipalities must apply on behalf of their cultural or recreational agencies.
- Eligible municipalities or their cultural or recreational agencies, County Library Boards and Local Services Boards may only apply under the Inspired or Active People Action Areas.
- County Library Boards and Local Services Boards are eligible and are asked to register as a municipality serving populations of 20,000 or less during the Organization Registration process.
- A collaboration of two or more organizations, where the lead organization is an eligible organization

In addition, an applying organization will:
- Provide services in Ontario
- Comply with all applicable legislation
- Show evidence of its ability to generate additional resources from the community and other sectors

The following entities are not eligible for funding:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Organizations whose purpose is related to political activity as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency
- Private Foundations*
- Organizations that discriminate, or that seek to limit the legal rights and activities of people, as per OTF's Anti-Discrimination Policy
- Agencies of provincial or federal governments*
- Municipalities with populations over 20,000, and their agencies*
- Universities, colleges, schools and hospitals, and their agencies*
- Municipalities or their cultural or recreational agencies, County Library Boards and Local Services Boards that apply for the Prosperous People, Promising Young People, Green People, or Connected People Action Areas.

*Unless they are part of a collaboration of two or more organizations, where the lead organization is an eligible organization

Types of Costs/Projects Not Funded:

Pre-proposal Conference:

In-person, teleconference, and online webinar information sessions will be held through September, October, and November.

For a full listing of all available sessions:

Pre-Application Information:

Contact Information:

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

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OTF Support Center:

If you would like to discuss your application or project with a Program Manager, book an application coaching call:

Ontario Trillium Foundation
800 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 3A9

Telephone: 416.963.4927
TTY: 416.963.7905
Fax: 416.963.8781

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario