For decades, Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities in Ontario have faced obstacles when accessing resources – whether it is education, justice, or even housing.
Community-based projects contribute to creating healthy and vibrant societies, fostering a sense of belonging for everyone involved. In this context, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) plays a pivotal role by offering grants that empower organizations to enhance spaces, support youth, and innovate systems. With these different grant streams, the foundation aims to alleviate the systematic injustices against minority groups.
A Brief Overview of Open Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants
Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grants help many types of organizations and communities deliver programs and services with direct community benefit for the people of Ontario.
The Capital Grants Program funds projects aimed at updating buildings, enhancing spaces, and acquiring equipment. In addition to providing opportunities for activity, recreation and connection, these public places also play an important role in building healthy, vibrant communities where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
Eligible applicants can receive funding between $10K to $200K to carry out these upgrades. The application deadline for this program is March 6, 2024.
Youth Opportunities Fund
The Youth Opportunities Fund invests in community-led projects, establishing safe spaces, empowerment for youth and families, creating career pathways, and addressing community issues. Beyond financial support, YOF offers capacity-building assistance through specialized coaching and mentorship. With a range of grants suitable for piloting new projects or expanding existing ones, YOF is committed to supporting grassroots groups that share identities and lived experiences with their communities.
Eligible applicants can receive funding up to $150K for both streams – the Youth Innovations Scale Grant and the Youth Innovations Test Grant. The application deadline for both streams is July 10, 2024.
Family Innovations Stream
The Family Innovations Stream targets grassroots groups delivering culturally anchored projects that empower and support parents, guardians, and caregivers. By investing in this stream, OTF contributes to projects that positively impact family dynamics and strengthen community ties.
Eligible applicants can receive funding up to $100K for the Family Innovations Test Grant and up to $150K for the Family Innovations Scale Grant. The application deadline for both streams is July 10, 2024.
Systems Innovation Grant
The System Innovations Grant focuses on collaborative efforts to understand and strengthen systems that impact youth. The project prioritizes that bring about meaningful systems change, particularly improving the experiences of Indigenous and Black youth facing systemic barriers. With a term length of 2 to 5 years and a maximum award of $250,000 per year, this grant stream addresses gaps in sectors such as education, justice, and social services.
Eligible applicants can receive funding up to $100K for the Family Innovations Test Grant and up to $150K for the Family Innovations Scale Grant. The application deadline for both streams is March 6, 2024.
Accessing More Community Development Grants
Grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation provide organizations with the opportunity to make a lasting impact on their communities. If you are eager to explore the diverse funding options available, check out our Funding Directory page for comprehensive grant information.
Our team is ready to guide you through the application process and determine your eligibility for these crucial government funding programs. Contact us today and determine your eligibility across multiple programs. Act now and be a catalyst for positive change in your community.