The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) distributes its funding to charities and not-for-profits through three granting programs: Community and Province-Wide programs and the Future Fund. Within those programs, funding is allocated in four sectors: Arts and Culture, Environment, Sports and Recreation, and Human and Social Services.
The Community Program is for activities that take place in one catchment area and have a local impact in one or more communities within that catchment area. Community grants account for 80% of OTF funding.
Through the Community Program, the Foundation makes grants of up to $375,000 over five years. This can include up to $75,000 per year for operating or project expenses and up to $150,000 over one or more years for capital initiatives such as building renovations and/or equipment purchases. The decision to fund all or part of a request depends on how well an application fits with OTF sector priorities and assessment criteria as well as the overall demand and granting budget in the catchment area.
The Province-Wide program is for activities that have a province-wide impact. At a minimum, the work must take place in three catchment areas or two catchment areas in the North. Province-Wide grants account for 20% of OTF funding.
Through the Province-Wide Program, the Foundation makes grants of up to $1.25 million over five years. This can include up to $250,000 per year for five years for operating and project expenses and up to $150,000 over one or more years for capital initiatives such as building renovations and/or equipment purchases. The decision to fund all or part of a request depends on how well an application fits with OTF sector priorities and assessment criteria as well as the overall demand and granting budget in the Province-Wide Program.
The Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) is for activities focused on youth ages 12 to 29 that takes place in the Greater Toronto Area. The YOF is a program of the Ontario government, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
YOF is a new $5 million dollar per year program that will provide grants and capacity building supports to community-based organizations, including grassroots, youth-led initiatives, seeking to improve outcomes for youth facing multiple barriers to economic and social wellbeing.
YOF comprises two funding streams:
- The Strategic Collaborations Stream invests in collaboratives of youth serving groups that are building on proven initiatives and those that will enhance the quality and responsiveness of service delivery for youth
- The Grassroots Innovation Stream will invest in both Promising Initiatives of Grassroots Groups that have a demonstrated an early track record, and in Promising Ideas, which will create space for young leaders and/or groups of youth to access funds, build their skills, grow their networks and strengthen their communities
The Ontario Trillium Foundation has adjusted its current
operating and granting budgets to align with the recently approved
Provincial Budget. Therefore Future Fund grants will not be made in 2013
-2014. OTF will continue to support those approved grantees with
multi-year projects. For other granting opportunities, please refer to
the granting programs section of our website.
About the Future Fund
Focused on high-impact opportunities and issues in the not-for-profit sector, the following theory of change has guided the Fund:If we make significant, long-term investments in a portfolio of innovative initiatives, and support them through
high engagement relationship and networking, this will be a catalyst for transformative change.
So far, the Future Fund has invested $16M in 40 initiatives
focused on four themes:
• 2008 - Building Capacity of the Environment Sector
• 2009 - Innovative Economic Opportunities
• 2010 - Building Skills for the Green Economy
• 2011 - Economic Opportunities for Ontario Youth
In addition to the $5M invested in Economic Opportunities for Ontario Youth through the Future Fund, an additional $2M was invested through 14 Community and Province-wide grants.
The Future Fund has been rooted in Developmental Evaluation (DE)
, which is particularly useful when supporting innovation and emergence, and allowed OTF to capture feedback and support decision-making at every stage.
The evaluation results demonstrate that the Future Fund has successfully achieved its goal to become a catalyst for transformational change. Grantees reported major and lasting change as a result of the Future Fund grants. The majority of grantees say that the Future Fund succeeded in its goal of fostering innovation and collaboration. Read a summary of the evaluation results online
. (pdf) Read vignettes about other Future Fund grantees