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Community Projects & Events Grant Program (deadline for Letters of Intent – June 19, 2017)

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework. The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development.  Applications for Community Projects and Events Grants is now open with $1 M in grant funding will be allocated.


Deadline and Application Form

The deadline for submitting a completed online Letter of Intent is Monday, June 19 at midnight (11:59 PM).

Click here for the online Letter of Intent (LOI) Application Form.


Community Events Grant Goals

Community Events Grants help organizations create a neighbourhood event or activity that brings different groups of people together to –

  • Make their neighbourhood better
  • Keep people active, or
  • Help residents learn skills and build leadership. One-time funding is available from $5,000 – $10,000 for activities beginning in November, 2017 and ending in October, 2018. Open to neighborhoods across the city Community Projects Grant Goals Community Project grants will help community organizations develop a product, tool or resource to respond to a community need so that they can –
  •  Groups with less than $500,000 in annual operating budgets will be prioritized for funding.
  •  Increase their organization’s impact by doing things better
  • Increase community impact by working with others
  • Diversify who they serve and strengthen access and equity. One-time funding is available for projects beginning in November, 2017.
  • Applicants are to request the amount and time needed to complete the project.

Please click here for the Community Projects Grants Guidelines and here for the Comments Events Grants guidelines.

Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics starting May 25th!

  • Details on Information Sessions and Drop-In Clinics (targeted to small organizations) will begin starting May 25th.
  • The Community Projects & Events web page lists the dates/locations.


Responding to recommendations from the sector, City Council has approved the following changes to strengthen our grant-making processes:

  • Two Stage Application: To reduce the administrative burden and staff resources of applying groups, we are instituting a short eligibility self-assessment and a two-stage application process. The Letter of Intent ( LOI) stage is a shorter application, and only those applications that best fit the funding criteria will be requested to put forward a full proposal.
  • Community Input in Decision Making: To increase transparency and accountability, we are including community representatives to the decision-making process. This year, we are beginning with the inclusion of residents from the Lived Experience Advisory Panel in the shortlisting of Letters of Intent, and staff from other divisions in the reviews of full applications. Next year, we will include external community representatives on the review panel.
  • Leveling the Playing Field: applying groups will be reviewed and assessed with other similar sized organizations. In addition, applicants groups with operating budgets under $500,000 will be offered additional support in the LOI and full application stage. Our aim to ensure increased supports for new and grassroots groups.


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