Grant Types & Eligibility

If you’re a registered Canadian charity whose work aligns with our Grant Program funding priorities, you can apply for a grant.

Grant Types

It’s up to you to determine what type of grant to apply for. The Peter Gilgan Foundation accepts applications for three types of grants:

Project grants 

Project grants fund specific programs or activities. Most grants provided through our Grant Program are project grants. Most first-time grants are single-year project grants, with values towards the lower half of our grant value range.

Capacity-building grants

Capacity-building grants are discrete, specific investments to strengthen internal capabilities, knowledge and resources.

General operating grants

General operating grants are typically only awarded to repeat grantees after a successful project or capacity-building grant. Grantees may use these funds to cover any costs of running the organization and fulfilling the mission.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible to apply for funding, your organization must:

  • Be a registered Canadian charity or Canadian Revenue Agency qualified donee
  • Request between $5,000 – $100,000 per year
  • Employ at least one paid staff member
  • Have completed a tax return or financial audit for the previous fiscal year
  • Have not submitted an unsuccessful Expression of Interest or Full Application to the Peter Gilgan Foundation in the past 12 months

We do not accept applications for:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Emergency relief
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising drives
  • Fundraising events or galas
  • Government services
  • Grantmaking intermediaries 
  • Individuals
  • Scholarships