National Funding Opportunities
Funding Targets Vulnerable Populations Throughout Canada
The Lillian Meighen and Don Wright Foundation
The Lillian Meighen and Don Wright Foundation supports registered Canadian charities that work to relieve suffering and enhance the quality of life of vulnerable people. The Foundation’s areas of interest include abused women and children, people with disabilities, hospice care for those at the end of their lives, and music therapy related to these areas. One time or multi-year grants of up to $100,000 are provided for capital projects, programs, and operations. Letters of inquiry must be submitted by June 30 of each year; invited full proposals are due by October 31, annually. The application package may be downloaded from the Foundation’s website.
Support for Canadian Animal Welfare Organizations
The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation
The Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation funds Canadian animal welfare organizations working at home and abroad. Grants are awarded to organizations that provide a natural sanctuary for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals, both wild and domesticated; that conduct advocacy work, rallying for more stringent animal cruelty laws and subsequent penalties; and whose main focus is to help animals, both wild and domesticated, who may be in immediate distress. Additional areas of interest include mass factory farming, the fight to end animal testing, and the fight to end the massacre of elephants and rhinos in Africa. Registered Canadian charities are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed twice a year. Visit the Foundation’s website to apply online.
Grants Bolster Environmental Protection in Canada
The Gosling Foundation
The Gosling Foundation is focused on ensuring that Canada’s nature is protected and restored for the benefit of all. The Foundation’s interests include protection of lands of significant ecological interest with high biodiversity relevance; prompting actions on behalf of nature by building on people’s inherent interest in living things, with a focus on birds; helping organizations be more effective in protecting nature; and research in plant biodiversity preservation. Grants are provided through several programs. Proposals may be submitted at any time and are considered at least quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, annually. Learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs by visiting their website.
Early-Stage Canadian Charities Funded
Project Change Foundation
The Project Change Foundation promotes positive change in communities across Canada. The Foundation offers investments of $2,000 and advisory support to early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. Support is provided to organizations with big goals around connecting, engaging, and inspiring people to make a difference in their communities or the environment. Expressions of interest must be submitted no later than June 30, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to complete the online expression of interest form.
Regional Funding Opportunities
Grants Enhance Health and Wellness in Labrador Communities
Labrador Regional Wellness Coalition: Community Grants Program
The Labrador Regional Wellness Coalition seeks to empower and support community members so that they can create opportunities to foster healthier lifestyles in their communities. The Community Grants Program supports community involvement and action in promoting health and well-being in the following areas: healthy living, healthy environment, mental health promotion, child and youth development, injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, and health protection. Support is provided for projects serving Labrador City, Wabush, Churchill Falls, Nain, Natuashish, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik, Rigolet, Northwest River, Sheshatshiu, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Cartwright, Black Tickle, and Mud Lake. Community groups, community-based organizations, and individuals may apply for funding of up to $1,000. The annual application deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. The application guidelines and form may be downloaded from the Coalition’s website.
Funding Strengthens Tribal Councils in British Columbia
New Relationship Trust: Tribal Councils Policy Initiative
The New Relationship Trust is dedicated to strengthening First Nations in British Columbia through capacity building. The Tribal Councils Policy Initiative supports capacity building in BC at the tribal council/Nation council level and promotes information and resource sharing among the councils. Tribal councils in BC can apply for policy development in one of the Trust’s five areas of strategic priority: economic development, education, elders and youth, governance, and language. Grants of up to $25,000 are available per project, with a maximum of two projects per council. Applications for this program are now open until funds are exhausted. Visit the Trust’s website to download the 2019-2020 application guidelines.
Ontario Art Galleries and Museums Supported
Ontario Arts Foundation: Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program
The Ontario Arts Foundation is committed to working towards the increased stability of the arts infrastructure in Ontario. The Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program aims to foster a broader appreciation of Canadian visual art and artists by assisting public art galleries and museums in Ontario to grow their permanent collections, increase the public’s knowledge of collecting and permanent collections, and support community engagement between a gallery or museum and its local community. Funding is offered through two streams: Acquisition Grants and Development Grants. Applications must be submitted by June 28, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the 2019 program guidelines and application form.
Grants Improve the Quality of Life in Company Communities
Chevron Canada Corporate Giving Program
Chevron Canada provides support in geographic areas where the company has a significant employee and business presence, including Alberta, northern British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Areas of focus for community investment are health, education and training, and community capacity-building, identified as programs that address a community’s ability to build and sustain long-term economic development. Registered charities and nonprofit societies are eligible to apply. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit Chevron Canada’s website to review the funding guidelines and apply online.
Government Funding Opportunities
Funding Advances Sustainable Development Goals
Employment and Social Development Canada
The Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program supports projects aimed at building awareness for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, increasing partnerships and networks, advancing research, and furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Grants of up to $100,000 are provided. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Grants Preserve Indigenous Culture in Canada
Library and Archives Canada
The Listen, Hear Our Voices initiative offers funding and digitization services to preserve Indigenous culture and language recordings. Grants of up to $100,000 are provided to digitize existing Indigenous culture and language recordings and to build the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to digitize and preserve these recordings. Nonprofit Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis Nation) organizations are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by July 17, 2019.
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Engaging Women as Donors
A recent series of reports put out by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy illustrates the essential role that women play when it comes to donating to charitable causes. How can you tap into this research to reach out to female donors? On July 8 and 9 in Indianapolis, IN, the Lilly School is offering the Engaging Women as Donors course, aimed at teaching participants how to build and sustain powerful relationships with women donors.
Upcoming Online Education Trainings
Unless otherwise noted, all Online Education Trainings are webinars,
are 90 minutes in duration, and are scheduled to begin at 2 PM Eastern Time.
Online Workshop: DIY Dashboards - Make Beautiful, Easy to Follow Dashboards for Your Nonprofit's Leaders
Why wait until the end of the year to write a lengthy report when you can share data early and often with dashboards? In this workshop, Ann K. Emery will review the best-bang-for-your-buck data visualization design principles, like using color and text to tell your story. Once you've designed one great graph, it's time to combine multiple graphs together for your report, slideshow, or handout. You'll view Ann's real-life examples so that you can see how grids, white space, and visual hierarchies are applied in each setting. You'll also explore the major dashboard types. Ann will share her nine sample dashboards with you and you'll vote on which two or three styles you'd like to create from scratch in Excel. Life is short and Ann is only going to teach you about visualizations that make a difference. This webinar will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019.
Advanced Storytelling (NEW)
We all know money talks. The important question is: HOW does YOUR organization talk about money? In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will dive into the topic of talking about money as a fundraising strategy. You'll learn how to share "mission moment" stories that include your need for support, but don't sound like "begging" for money. The secret tool that makes this an advanced storytelling session is discovering how to share action-causing stories. During this webinar, you will (1) learn what your money story is; (2) learn how to talk about money so it inspires more giving; and (3) learn the best questions to ask so you can gather story nuggets to craft action-causing stories. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, and will benefit executive directors, and fundraising and communication staff, as well as board members.
The Power of Visual Storytelling (NEW)
In an age overflowing with technology and lives that move at 80 miles an hour throughout the day, what is it that will make your message stand out? Sharing stories. Research tells us that stories are remembered 22 times more often than facts alone. In this session, Lori L. Jacobwith will take you through the power of visual storytelling. You'll see examples of why sharing facts and stories is more powerful when combined with an image. You'll also learn what works and what doesn't when using visuals in your storytelling. During this presentation, you will learn (1) how much faster the brain processes visuals vs. words; (2) four key factors for creating powerful visuals; and (3) what type of articles get 94% more views. This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, and will benefit fundraising and communication staff, especially staff making updates to websites and postings on social media.
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