Funding Ideas for Community Groups

Are you in need of financial resources to help with your campaign efforts? Well, you've come to the right place. Below are a few ideas to get you started, as well as a list of grants and foundations, organized by province. Please have a look and be in touch if you'd like ideas, or even help with your proposal (info(at)

Ideas to get you started:

  1. Include a funding component to your annual events, through ticket sales, drink sales, raffles and silent auctions.
  2. Launch membership to your organization or group, and charge an annual fee.
  3. Connect with your local credit union, as they often have community engagement opportunities; a few are listed below.
  4. Put in place accountability mechanisms such as a board of directors, and register as a non-profit. Hold an Annual General Meeting, and ensure financial management by tracking funds, revenue, and expenses.
  1. Consider becoming a club, as formalizing your efforts often comes with some financial support
  2. Engage with your campus PIRG (Public Interest Research Group), as they might be able to support your efforts
  1. Municpalities often set up small community engagement funds, look into this to help support your events and campaign, a few are listed below.

Grants & Foundations:

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  Aviva Community Foundation
British Columbia    
  Vancity Community Foundation
  Coast Capital Savings
  Vancouver Foundation
  West Vancouver Community Foundation
  Central City Foundation
  Victoria Foundation
  Nanaimo Community Foundation
  Community Foundation of Whistler
  BC Government Community Gaming Grant
  Northern Development Initiative Trust
  Bulkley Valley Community Foundation 
  Columbia Basin Trust
  Alberta Lottery Fund grant
  Calgary Community Foundation
  Education Matters
  Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta
  Nickle Family Foundation
  Paterson Foundation
  Assiniboine credit union
  The Thomas Sill Foundation
  Manitoba Community Services Council
  The Winnipeg Foundation
  Beautiful Plains Community Foundation 
  Brandon Area Community Foundation
  Paterson Foundation
  Ontario Trillium Foundation
  Koerner Foundation
  City of Toronto Community Partnership and Investment Program Grants
  City of Ottawa (Community and social support funding)
  Community Foundation of Ottawa
  Hamilton Community Foundation
  Community Foundation of Greater Kingston
  Good Foundation
  Burlington Community Foundation
  The Bradford West Gwillimbury and District Community Foundation
  The Branscombe Family Foundation
  Brant Community Foundation
  Paterson Foundation
  Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
New Brunswick    
Nova Scotia    
Prince Edward Island    
  Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island
North West Territories    
  Nunavut Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth