Funding Programs

Funding That Creates New Possibilities for City Parks

We’re breaking new ground for Canada’s urban parks

Park People designs and delivers innovative funding programs that are redefining the park funding landscape. From facilitating large capital investments to providing funding for events that animate underserved parks, we work with governments, funders and communities to create new possibilities for parks across Canada.

TD Park Builders:

Together with TD Bank Group, Park People delivers the TD Park Builders Program which encourages community engagement and animation of vital community green space in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and low-income communities.

Through grants ranging from $500-$5,000, TD Park Builders helps support park events or small capital improvement projects that help underused green spaces become vital neighbourhood hubs. This funding can be secured by existing Friends of the Park group or community agencies in new immigrant and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, or can be used to help establish a new Park Friends group in an underserved neighbourhood.

To apply for the TD Park Builders Program, please review the funding guidelines here. If you have further questions, contact

Weston Family Parks Challenge

(Applications not currently being accepted.)

Great parks are essential to Toronto’s health and vitality. They strengthen the community and provide environmental, economic and social benefits. With a commitment of $5 million over three years, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation launched the Weston Family Parks Challenge to ensure the long-term sustainability of Toronto’s parks. Building on the success of the first year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation joined in 2014 with an additional commitment of $1.125 million towards the initiative. Park People brings expertise and is administering the program. To learn more and see the great projects funded through this program, visit the Weston Family Parks Challenge site.

Our Funding Stories:

2018 Toronto parks budget proposes little change

Another year, another dollar. It’s budget time in the City of Toronto again and this year—an election year, mind you—we’re seeing another budget that keeps our heads above water, but doesn’t invest in new or enhanced services for our parks. The budget must still go...

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What TOcore means for downtown parks and public spaces

Years of work on TOcore, a new downtown Toronto master plan, are coming to fruition, including a new parks and public realm plan that will guide development of parks and public space in the downtown for years to come. The draft plan was released last week--and there's...

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