Foundation and Corporate Grants
Actuarial Foundation of Canada (National): The Actuarial Foundation of Canada supports youth education, consumer education, and research initiatives that utilize actuarial science and skills in the public interest. They work to promote youth education in mathematics and financial matters and to advance the public’s understanding of financial and risk-related matters.
BMO Employee Charitable Foundation (National): BMO Employee Charitable Foundation fulfills grants for charitable organizations which are registered with Canada Revenue Agency and focus primarily on humanitarian causes. Allocation decisions are guided by, but not restricted to, applications where there is financial or volunteer support by employees, or the charity is a client of BMO Financial Group. Application Submission: Applications are accepted year-round. There are no deadlines for submitting general grant applications.
Birks Family Foundation (National): This foundation works to contribute to a higher standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians, primarily through the support of Canadian universities, bursaries to students attending university in Canada, hospitals and health and welfare charities, and arts and cultural organizations.
Carthy Foundation (National): Established in 1965, the Carthy Foundation is a private foundation that works to enhance the future prosperity of Canada by creating opportunities with, and providing education for young people. The foundation has two areas of funding:
Youth: Initiatives will have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness; or on career transitions for youth and young adults.
Environment: Initiatives will focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design
Catherine Donnelly Foundation (National): Inspired by the vision of Catherine Donnelly, the foundation seeks radical and creative ways of responding to the most urgent needs of society in the areas of housing initiatives, adult education initiatives and opportunities and environmental enhancement initiatives. Link: http://www.catherinedonnellyfoundation.org/about.html
Columbia Institute (National): The foundation is committed to investing in human and social capital for the benefit of all Canadians. It works to fund innovative social research with practical implications, to develop and fund new scholarships that promote re-training and life-long learning, and to promote the collaborative and inclusive involvement of citizens in decision-making and community building. The foundation provides grant funding in the areas of: community capacity building grants, responsible investment, and civic governance.
Community Foundations of Canada (National): Works to enhance the quality of life and vitality in Canadian communities by supporting and promoting the fund development, grant making and leadership of community foundations. That’s why community foundation grants support everything from shelter, sustenance and care for those most in need, to recreation, the arts, and the environment. Link: http://www.community-fdn.ca/about-cfs/grant-seekers.html
The Counselling Foundation of Canada (National): The Foundation was formed to create and enrich counselling programs and improve the technical skills of counsellors. The object of the Foundation is to engage in charitable and educational activities for the benefit of people; thus enabling them to improve their lifestyles and make a more effective contribution to their communities. Link: http://www.counselling.net/jnew/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=62
Donner Canadian Foundation (National): In 2010, the Donner Canadian Foundation supported 80 charitable organizations. Approximately 20 percent of the Foundation’s granting was devoted to public policy research and education, and over 20 percent supported international development and human rights projects. Approximately 15 percent of the Foundation’s granting was directed toward land and wildlife conservation, and over 20 percent supported organizations delivering social services. The Foundation’s remaining granting sustained medical research and other projects. Link: http://www.donnerfoundation.org/granting.htm
Drummond Foundation (National): The foundation’s granting falls into three main areas: health care, community, and the socially disadvantaged. Grants to the community are particularly focused on the care of the elderly, while grants made to the socially disadvantaged are usually to organizations who deliver immediate relief to the poor, typically street missions. Grants are made annually in December. Link: http://www.drummondfoundation.ca/
GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (National): Established in Canada in 1989, the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Canadians. We are committed to finding creative ways to achieve community wellness. The foundation supports and works with many organizations, primarily in the areas of health care and health promotion, science education, hospice palliative care, and patient advocacy.
J.W. McConnell Family Foundation (National): The foundation is a private family foundation that funds initiatives of national significance which address challenges for Canadian society by engaging people, by building resilient communities, and by developing a strong knowledge base for the work that the foundation supports. Link: http://www.mcconnellfoundation.ca/en/granting
F. A. McGrand Trust (Regional: Atlantic Canada): The Frederic A. McGrand Trust is a capital fund established by the late Senator F. A. McGrand in support of animal welfare organizations in Atlantic Canada. Grants from this trust, which is administered by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, are awarded every year to animal welfare organizations in Atlantic Canada for humane education projects. Link: http://cfhs.ca/info/cfhs_grants/
McLean Foundation (National): The foundation makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, health and welfare. It maintains a flexible policy, with particular emphasis on projects showing promise of general social benefit but which may initially lack broad public appeal. Link: http://mcleanfoundation.ca/history.html
MetCalf Foundation (National): The foundation focuses on three primary areas: the performing arts, the environment, and social services. However, it does occasionally support organizations with mandates outside of these focus areas.
Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation (National): The foundation seeks to achieve enduring change that will improve the quality of life for future generations. Of particular interest are charitable opportunities that address needs in the following areas: education, health and life science, environment, animal welfare, social entrepreneurship, and Jewish programs.
Sprott Foundation (National): The Sprott Foundation is dedicated to addressing urgent human need, homelessness and hunger in Canada and worldwide. The foundation concentrates on “focused giving”, offering support to well-defined projects in its specific area of interest and taking a pro-active approach in interacting closely with the grant recipients.
Canadian Women’s Foundation (National): The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s only national public foundation designed to raise and grant funds to meet the needs of women and girls. We support women’s organizations across Canada that are using the most effective approaches to ending violence against women, moving low-income women out of poverty and building strong, resilient girls. We give particular priority to funding work with women and girls who face multiple challenges. The Foundation awards both one-year and multi-year grants. The maximum one-year grant size is between $20,000 and $25,000, depending on the grant area. Larger, multi-year grants are made to some economic development, teen violence prevention and girls’ programs. Link: http://www.canadianwomen.org/EN/section07/1_7_1-intro.html