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:

Lonely? Head to your local park

When I first moved to Toronto, I didn’t know many people. I found myself wandering out of my apartment day after day that first summer and plopping down in various parks around the city. Being in a park relaxed my mind, but placing myself amongst the energy of the...

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How do we pay for parks?

Exploring innovative and creative ideas for parks and public spaces--in how we design, manage, and program them--is important, but these discussions often end up with this question: "Sure it sounds great, but how are we actually going to pay for that?" In Park...

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Creating a new downtown park on city-owned land

If you stand at the corner of Bathurst and Front Street you can still see the old development proposal sign for a mixed-use development that never came to be. And if Councillor Mike Layton's proposal is approved—and we at Park People think it should—this currently...

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