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This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Vital Youth

Credit: Scarborough Arts
Credit: Scarborough Arts

Vital Youth grant recipients increase access to high-quality recreation activities for youth. This grant stream supports programming that helps youth build useful skills and connect to their communities through grants of up to $15,000.

This grant stream is closed. Check back in March 2019.

To apply, please download the grant guidelines by clicking here. To download the application, click here.

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Who Can Apply

The Toronto Foundation is a Public Foundation. As a result, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) permits the Foundation to make grants or distributions only registered charities or qualified donees.

A nonprofit organization that is not a registered charity wishing to apply for funding from the Foundation may consider a trusteeship with a registered charity that would receive the funds for the proposed project. The CRA required this relationship to be set out in writing, signed by the charity and nonprofit organizations.

Terms of the agreement should include:

  • a full description of the project being funded;
  • providing responsibility to the charity for ensuring the project is completed by the nonprofit as described;
  • that the charity has responsibility for distribution of funds to the nonprofit as work progresses on the project; and
  • that the charity has responsibility/accountability to the Foundation for performance of the nonprofit for the project.

Read about the impact of our 2015-16 Vital Youth grant recipients here.

See the list of 2016-2017 recipients here.