Links for Not-for-Profit and Charitable Groups

Please note that these links are not an endorsement by OTF of their contents.

Imagine Canada's Standards Program offers a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen sector capacity in five fundamental areas: governance, financial accountability, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

Ministry of the Attorney General - Not-for-Profit Incorporator's Handbook
The purpose of this Handbook is to provide both the layman and the professional with some general information on the nature of a not-for-profit corporation and guidelines on how to incorporate such a corporation.

For other funding opportunities, please consult these websites:

Health Canada
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Online Funding Directories

In addition to the granting foundations listed above, here are some other online directories that may be useful.

The Funding Portal
The Funding Portal is Canada’s national bilingual e-commerce platform and one-window gateway to improve access to government funding. The Portal aggregates more than 7,000 sources of funding within a free searchable database—more than 4,500 government sources and 2,500 private sources—representing more than $30 billion in funding sources for your charity, nonprofit, or business.

Imagine Canada’s Grant Connect
Grant Connect is an innovative and comprehensive tool that connects charities with funders who share their cause. It is the next generation of Imagine Canada’s Directory to Foundations & Corporations, a beloved publication with a 45-year legacy in the charitable sector.

Ajah’s FundTracker
Ajah is a Montreal-based company that builds tools for the Canadian non-profit sector. Their online service, Fundtracker, helps organizations identify and connect with funders likely to support their cause.




Arts and Culture Links
Environment Links
Human Social Services Links
Sports and Recreation Links
Aboriginal Funder Links




Arts and Culture

Canada Council for the Arts
A national arm's length agency that provides grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Canadian Heritage
Supports a variety of different programs in the arts and culture sector, including the Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program, Cultural Spaces Canada and Arts Presentation Canada.

Fondation Franco Ontarienne
Main objective is to financially assist initiatives that will ensure the viability of the Franco-Ontarian community.

Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation
Donations are made to a variety of areas - including the arts - with the majority of funding made toward programs that enrich the lives of young people.

McLean Foundation
Makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, and health and welfare.

Metcalf Performing Arts Program - Performing Arts Program
Seeks to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working to sustain the vibrancy of the professional performing arts. 

Ontario Arts Council
Offers more than fifty funding programs for Ontario-based artists and arts organizations, with funds from the Ontario government. Grants provide assistance for a specific activity, support for a period of time, or for ongoing operations.

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
A $20 million initiative to help Ontario's arts, cultural and heritage organizations with new cultural programming ventures. 

Salamander Foundation
Has two current areas of interest: Arts and Culture, and Environmental Health. The Foundation's purpose is to recognize the forms, functions and interactions of natural systems and to promote continuity and discovery in the arts and in culture.

SOCAN Foundation
Granting programs are aimed at encouraging performance opportunities for Canadian music creators.



Environment

Environment Canada
Supports a variety of environmental granting programs, including the EcoAction Community Funding Program and the Endangered Species Recovery Fund (a collaborative program with the World Wildlife Fund).

Evergreen
Supports three granting programs: 1) The Home Depot - Evergreen Rebuilding Nature Grant, 2) Green Grants (sponsored by Wal-Mart-Canada), and 3) Unilever-Evergreen Acquatic Stewardship Grant. 

Ivey Foundation
Supports a variety of granting programs with an emphasis on the environmental sector in Ontario. 

McLean Foundation
Makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, and health and welfare.

Metcalf Foundation - Environment Program
The Metcalf Environment Program seeks to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of people and organizations working together to ensure the ecological health and integrity of Canada's natural and working lands.



Human and Social Services

Atkinson Charitable Foundation
Provide grants to Ontario registered charities that focus on either early childhood education and development and/or economic justice.

Canadian Heritage
Supports a variety of granting programs in the Human and Social Services sector, including Muliticulturalism and Human Rights, Aboriginal Peoples, and Official Languages. 

Canadian Race Relations Foundation
Provides grants to projects that meet the Foundation's objectives relating to racism and racial discrimination.

Canadian Women's Foundation
Provides grants to charitable organizations under two granting programs: Building Women's Economic Independence and Ending Violence Against Women. 

Change Foundation
Mission is to support and improve health and the delivery of health care through four activity areas: applied research and analysis; development program; education; and grants to charities. 

Community Foundations of Canada
Check the directory for your local Community Foundation.

Counselling Foundation of Canada
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. 

Fondation Franco-ontarienne
Main objective is to financially assist initiatives that will ensure the viability of the Franco-Ontarian community.

Northern Development Heritage Fund
Supports a variety of granting programs to not-for-profit organizations in Northern Ontario including the Infrastructure and Community Development Program. 

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - National Literacy Program
Provides grants to build the capacity for literacy opportunities across Canada. 

Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation
Donations are made to a variety of areas - including for community projects - with the majority of funding made toward programs that enrich the lives of young people. 

Laidlaw Foundation
Provides grants to promote youth involvement in communities, in decision-making and governance structures, in order to address barriers and issues of access. 

Maytree Foundation - Refugee and Immigrant Grants
Provides grants to enable civil society organizations to serve refugees and immigrants in two granting programs: Capacity Building Grants and Solution Seeking Grants.

McLean Foundation
Makes grants in a wide range of areas, including arts, conservation, education, and health and welfare. 

Ministry of Citizenship - Newcomer Settlement Program
Supports community organizations to provide settlement, orientation, job-finding workshops and other direct settlement services to more than 125,000 newcomers that arrive in communities across Ontario each year. 

Office of Francophone Affairs - Violence Against Women Prevention Public Education Program
Provides grants for projects that contribute to the development of public education activities that make Ontario's Francophone population aware of the issue of violence against women and supports the development of measures to prevent it.  

United Way of Canada
Check the main website to find your local United Way.



Sports and Recreation

Canadian Heritage
Supports a variety of programs in the sports and recreation sector, including the Hosting Program and the Sport Support Program.

Forzani Group Foundation
The Foundation provides financial support for activities that involve the promotion of physical fitness, health and wellness, the prevention and relief of sickness and disability, or the participation and education in sports across Canada. 

Funding Opportunities in Ontario for Physical Activity and Nutrition Initiatives (pdf)
This unofficial list has been compiled by Spark Together for Healthy Kids at the Heart and
Stroke Foundation of Ontario.


Aboriginal Funders

The following links to granting programs may be of interest to not-for-profit or charitable aboriginal organizations as well as to First Nations, Metis and other Aboriginal communities.

Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
The purpose of this program is to improve the health status of Métis, off-reserve Aboriginal people, and urban Inuit living outside their traditional communities by providing time-limited funding for community-based diabetes prevention and health promotion projects.

The Anglican Church of Canada - Indigenous Healing Fund
Grants from the church's Indigenous Healing Fund will be made and administered by the Healing Response Committee to encourage and initiate programs which help educate and heal.

Art programs

Aboriginal Arts Education Projects
The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for arts education projects where Aboriginal artists can engage learners in their language, culture and artistic practices.

Aboriginal Arts Projects
The purpose of this program is to develop opportunities for Aboriginal artists to engage with Aboriginal communities and to strengthen the relationship of Aboriginal organizations and communities with the arts and Aboriginal artists.

Aboriginal Peoples Music Program
Supports activities that contribute to the career and artistic development of Aboriginal musicians, and to the continued vitality of Aboriginal music. This includes funding to organizations dedicated to Aboriginal music.

Aboriginal Peoples Production Project Grants in Dance
This program provides project support to Canadian Aboriginal dance professionals (individuals), companies, collectives and organizations.

Aboriginal Traditional Art Forms Program
This program supports Aboriginal artists (working individually or together), groups, collectives, cultural centres and other organizations to undertake activities that contribute to the knowledge, sharing, understanding and development of Aboriginal traditional art forms.

Annual Support to Aboriginal Peoples Dance Companies, Organizations and Collectives
The purpose of this program is to support the creation, production, revival and presentation of significant dance works in traditional dance and contemporary dance forms.

Developmental Support to Aboriginal Theatre Organizations
This program provides support to Aboriginal theatre organizations towards the costs of producing theatre works and contributions towards the costs associated with the professional development of Aboriginal theatre artists and organizations.

Other programs

Aboriginal Languages Initiative
The objective of the program is to support First Nation, Inuit and Métis community-based language projects in order to preserve, promote, and revitalize the loss of Aboriginal languages and cultures.

Aboriginal Women's Program
The purpose of this program is to enable Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation and decision making that affect their social, cultural, economic and political well-being within their own communities and Canadian society while maintaining their cultural distinctiveness and preserving cultural identity.

Circle on Aboriginal Grantmaking in Canada
This collaboration site has been created as a space for dialogue and sharing around Aboriginal-focused philanthropy in Canada. A place where foundations and other philanthropic grantmakers can connect to the larger issues and solutions through access to new research, stories, events and a network of fellow grantmakers.

Justice Partnership and Innovation Fund
Supports activities that respond effectively to the changing conditions effecting Canadian justice policy. Funding is available to aboroginal not-for-profit organizations, Bands, tribal councils and self-governing First Nations and Inuit.

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs - Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program 
This program invests in the development of facilities that provide Aboriginal community services and encourage business activity. These facilities foster healthy lifestyles and skills development, especially among Aboriginal children and youth.

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
This program provides hands-on arts or cultural experience to community members, especially youth, and promotes the retention of Aboriginal languages.

The United Church of Canada - The Healing Fund
The Healing Fund is intended to support grassroots projects that are First Nations-initiated and community-oriented. It is not intended to fund building projects, furniture/capital equipment purchases, salaries, or churches/ministries.