GTA Community Grants Program

An exciting new program serving community and grassroots organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information on our original grant program serving organizations nation-wide, please navigate to “Funding Priorities”.

About the program

We’re excited to share our new community-based grant program, created as part of our commitment to being more responsive to local needs and more accessible to grassroots organizations and community groups. This funding opportunity is open to community-based organizations in the Greater Toronto Area who work to enable economically vulnerable young people and families to overcome barriers to academic success, economic prosperity, and health and wellbeing.

The application deadline for the GTA Community Grants Program is Friday, March 24th, 2023. 

The GTA Community Grants Program is for established grassroots organizations and community groups that are: 

-Addressing a gap or need in their community  

-Developing unique, local services for their community 

-Building capacity for their community 

-Addressing our Education and Economic Opportunities or Food Security and Systems focus areas (more details below), in a manner that is appropriate and resonates with the community being served.

The GTA Community Grants Program accepts applications for funding between $5,000-$15,000, and is open to registered charities, qualified donees, and nonprofit entities that fall under the non-qualified donee classification outlined by the Canada Revenue Agency.


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

  • Based in the Greater Toronto Area 
  • Based within the community being served, and/or have a proven history of working with the community 
  • Able to identify the specific team members who will be responsible for delivering the proposed initiative 
  • Targeting children, youth, and families 

Priority will be given to: 

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour-led organizations and/or initiatives 
  • Initiatives based in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas as identified in the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 
  • Organizations with revenue under $500,000 per year

How to Apply

Our grant application process involves three key steps:  

  1. Create an account at our online application portal
  1. Complete an application: answer a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and long answer questions; attach a budget detailing expenditure, along with supporting documents; make sure you click the ‘submit’ button by Friday, March 24th, 2023. 
  1. Applicants will be notified on the status of their applications by April 2023. 

After creating an account and starting your application, you can save your work online, and pick up where you left off should you need to pause your work.