Make a Difference - Brochure (pdf)

Ontario Trillium Foundation's funding decisions, including reviewing grant applications and recommending projects for funding, are made by more than 300 local volunteers representing communities throughout Ontario. These individuals participate on either one of 16 regional Community Grant Review Teams (GRTs) or the Grant Review Committee (GRC) responsible for Province-Wide application review. This process helps to ensure that responsible and knowledgeable grants aimed at meeting community needs and priorities.

Grant Review Team members are volunteers who are appointed by the Government of Ontario for a term of one, two or three years and may serve for a maximum of six years.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport appoints a Chair for each GRT. Working closely with knowledgeable and helpful Foundation staff, each team assesses and recommends the allocation of community grants in its area. The teams work under the direction of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

General Responsibilities of Grant Review Team Members

The number of members appointed varies by region, and is generally between 18 and 24 members for each of OTF's
16 grant review geographic areas. 

  1. Reviewing, together with Foundation staff, local requests for grants, which are compatible with local priorities and within the GRT's budget allocation. Recommended grants must also be compatible with the Foundation's mission, program directions and eligibility criteria. 
  2. Participating in the Foundation's communication activities to help ensure broad public knowledge of OTF activities and adherence to OTF's media relations policy.
  3. Identifying funding priorities that meet local needs and opportunities based on OTF granting priorities.
  4. Participating in meetings and activities: Given the nature of the work, team members typically devote 10 - 20 hours per month on average to activities ranging from the reading of documents, to applicant site visits, to attending grantee recognition events and team meetings. GRTs will generally meet three to six times per year for half-day or full-day meetings. Meetings may be held via teleconference calls, though most tend to be held in person. Some travel is required.


All volunteers must sign and adhere to the Foundation's Code of Conduct and Ethics Guidelines and Conflict of Interest Guidelines.

Under the Public Service of Ontario Act (PSOA), all government appointees including OTF volunteers are required to swear or affirm an Oath of Office and Oath of Allegiance, following their appointment to OTF. Appointees cannot undertake their duties without taking these Oaths.

Oath of Office Form (pdf)

Become a Volunteer

Questions about Volunteering (pdf)

You must apply directly to the Public Appointments Secretariat (PAS) of the Government of Ontario to become an OTF Grant Review Team volunteer because OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Visit the Public Appointments Secretariat and click on vacancies. Look for the phrase "Grant Review Team" followed by your geographic area (ex. 'Grant Review Team, Niagara, Ontario Trillium Foundation').

Determine which OTF catchment area you live in.

Apply directly to the PAS on-line or by mail.

If you would like to know more about the role of Grant Review Team members, please contact
Marisa Gelfusa
(mgelfusa@otf.ca), Volunteer Relations Officer. She will be happy to speak with you.

(Do NOT request "The Ontario Trillium Foundation". This is reserved for people who wish to become a member of the Foundation's Board).