Grants and Funding your Park Group in Ontario Can Access

Resource | juin 17, 2022

Here’s a list of the grants and funding options for park groups located in Ontario.

Fundraising is a great way to build the capacity of your community park group. Below are some key provincial and municipal grants that could help fund your next awesome park project.

You can also find National Grants and Funding options here.

  1. Environmental Grants and Funding

    City of Toronto PollinateTO Community Grants (Toronto)
    Funds pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.
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    Park People InTO the Ravines (Toronto)
    Helps communities connect to, celebrate and champion Toronto’s one-of-a-kind ravine system with simple creative and engaging environmentally-focused events.
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    Landscape Ontario Chapter Bursary Program (Ontario)
    Support multiple small-scale projects that benefit various communities and neighbourhoods in the region
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  2. Community Building Grants and Funding

    City of Toronto Community Crisis Response Fund (Toronto)
    Provides one-time financial assistance to support communities impacted by traumatic incidents and community violence. The fund aims at enhancing access to financial resources for impacted communities to deliver projects that promote community healing and capacity building.
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    City of Toronto Resident Grants Pilot (Toronto)
    Supports place-based resident-led projects that are engaged in local activation that focuses on wellness, social inclusion, and the promotion of civic engagement and education across all neighbourhoods.
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    Ontario Community Changemakers (Ontario)
    Helps young Ontario residents to spark new ideas and invigorate change in their local communities.
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    Park People Sparking Change Toronto (Toronto)
    Connects equity-seeking community groups with training, networks, seed funding and coaching to transform their parks into engines of community development.
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    The Ontario Trillium Foundation (Ontario)
    Provides operating and capital grants to support a wide variety of park and community improvements.
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    Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation (Toronto)
    Provides an Arts and Culture Grant and a Mentorship and Leadership Grant to organizations to support their work with children and youth in the community.
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    Evergreen Community Showcase program
    Supports innovative and community-centred programs to animate Evergreen Brick Works’ market.
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  3. Public Art Grants and Funding

    City of Toronto Arts & Culture Grants (Toronto)
    Supports community-based organizations that contribute significantly to community capacity, equitable access, well-being, diversity, civic participation and civic cohesion, through art and cultural events.
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    City of Toronto Indigenous Arts & Culture Partnerships Fund (Toronto)
    Provides funding for community groups that create new opportunities and visibility for Indigenous-led arts and culture.
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    Toronto Arts Council Animating Toronto Parks (Toronto)
    Provides funding to professional artists, organizations and artists collectives to create and present free arts programming in selected Toronto parks located outside of the downtown core. Participation in Arts in the Parks is a requirement of the program.
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    ArtReach Youth Programming (Toronto)
    Supports community-based arts programming led by youth artists and youth-led groups, collectives or organizations that serve youth from equity-deserving populations in Toronto who face systemic barriers to accessing high-quality arts opportunities.
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  4. Recreation & Health Grants and Funding

    MLSE Foundation (Ontario)
    Supports Ontario-based organizations that are using sport and recreation to create positive outcomes for youth in physical health, mental health, academic achievement, and work readiness.
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    Toronto Urban Health Fund (Toronto)
    Offers funding to non-profit community-based organizations in Toronto to support initiatives under the following streams: prevention of HIV through sexual transmission, harm reduction, child and youth resiliency, and Indigenous HIV/substance misuse prevention programming.
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  5. Other Grants and Funding options

    Community Foundations invest in local initiatives that help to make Canadian communities better places to live, work and play. Click here to find your local Foundation.

    You can also find National Grants and Funding options here.


    Cover photo: Harvest Festival in 2021 at Scarborough Village Community Garden. A Sparking Change event.