Community Investment Funding Programs 2015

Dear Neighbours,

As members of our community, I am pleased to share with you some important information involving grants for community organizations in Toronto.

The Community Investment Funding Programs provide time-limited funding to established and emerging not-for-profit groups in the City of Toronto to test new ideas or enhance existing models that lead to meaningful change in our communities. There are currently two funding programs that can be applied for:

2016 Community Festivals & Special Events Investment Funding Program

Provides start-up or early-stage funding for small not-for-profit festivals and community events held in the City of Toronto that encourage residents to have fun, participate in their community, connect with each other, and contribute to a community's strength. This program grants on average between $8,000 - $10,000 for a maximum of up to two years to fund small scale, new or emerging festivals, and to help them to start or grow and increase their effectiveness. (Deadline: December 2, 2015.)

2016 Community Recreation Investment Funding Program

Provides short-term funding to Toronto-based not-for-profit groups offering quality projects that a) increase participation in recreation, b) engage diverse residents reflective of their neighbourhoods, c) builds skills, and d) uses recreation as a tool to develop the physical and social health of Toronto's residents. This program grants on average between $16,500 - $43,000 for a maximum of two years for projects that are enhancements to existing programs or for brand new projects. (Deadline: December 9, 2015.) 

I encourage you to participate and take advantage of these funding programs as it is a great opportunity to help community organizations expand it's programming in our community. To learn more about these programs, an information session is being held on Tuesday, November 17, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber (5100 Yonge Street, Yonge Street north of Sheppard Avenue). More information can also be found on the Community Funding website at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office and we would be more than happy to help.



Ana Bailão

City Councillor

Ward 18, Davenport 

Toronto's Housing Advocate

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