Granting through the wishes of fundholders

Giving brilliantly means helping our fundholders grant their wishes annually based on their fund’s purpose.

If you have a funding need that may fit with a fund purpose, please contact us to discuss.

Granting through our community fund

Our Community Fund Granting Program holds an annual call for grants in the fall. See below for more information on our 2017-18 call for grants.

Call for Grants

Grant applications for 2017-18 opened as of November 22, 2017

Large and Seed Call for Grants for 2017-18 are now closed. 

Thank you to all participants.

Please see below for further information.


Burlington Foundation Community Fund Granting Overview

Burlington Foundation’s Community Fund Granting Program addresses key focus areas highlighted through our Vital Signs® report, as well as several field of interest focus areas. The granting envelope for our 2017-18 granting year from Burlington Foundation’s community funds and field of interest funds is $96,000.

Our 2017-18 Community Fund Program includes two categories of grants – seed grants of $2,000 or less, and larger grants between $5,000 – $15,000. See below for more detail.

The Vital Signs 2017 priority focus areas are:

Phase 1:

  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Youth & Young Adults
  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Seniors

Phase 2:

  • Poverty
  • Transportation
  • Work & Careers
  • Newcomers & Inclusivity

Our field of interest funds focus on:

  • Youth and Recreation
  • Performing Arts – especially participation of youth from lower income backgrounds
  • Environment

Please note: We ask that applicants apply for either a seed grant or a larger grant, not both.

Larger Grants

The larger grant program provides grant awards for initiatives that improve our community through addressing our identified Vital Signs priority needs, promote collaboration, are sustainable, support capacity building and have a lasting community impact.

Potential grant recipient organizations will be required to match the grant amount they have requested, through cash or in-kind contributions equal to the value of the grant. In-kind contributions may include volunteer hours, donated space or equipment, professional services, or other contributions to the initiative.

The grants council, made up of subject matter experts and Burlington Foundation management, will review these applications and provide recommendations for funding to be approved by our Board of Directors. Grants will be awarded at approximately $5,000 – $15,000 per initiative.

Larger Grant Details

  • Call for applications opened November 22, 2017
  • Call for Large Grants closed as of Monday, January 29th, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Recipients will be notified by end of March
  • Between ~$5,000-$15,000 for each successful grant
  • Total larger grant envelope of $76,000

Click here to download the Larger Grant Application Form

Seed Grants

The seed grant program is designed to award smaller grants, providing funding for more immediate project needs up to $2,000 through a streamlined application process. The focus is on our identified Vital Signs areas as well as Youth in Recreation and/or Participation of Youth from Lower Income Backgrounds in the Performing Arts. Grants could include start-up costs for new projects, expansion and development of existing projects, pilot projects and the purchase of equipment and support of resources.

Seed Grant Details

  • Applications opened November 22, 2017
  • Call for Seed Grants closed as of Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • $500-$2,000 for each successful grant
  • Total seed grant envelope of $20,000

Click here to review the Seed Grant Application Form

Applications and Eligibility

Charities that receive grant funding from Burlington Foundation must be registered and in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency.

If you are not a registered charity, and wish to apply for a grant, there are options. In this case, you would need to partner with an organization that is a registered charity to be considered. For more information on this topic, click here or contact Laura Pizzacalla at 905 639 0744 x 221 to discuss.

If your organization received a grant from Burlington Foundation in 2016-17, a report, either interim and/or final, must have been submitted in order to be considered for funding in 2017-18.

We provide grants that benefit the Burlington community. We do not grant direct support to individuals. We support religious organizations if the community-at-large will significantly benefit—and this must be clearly demonstrated in the application. We do not award grants to reduce operation or capital deficits, support ongoing operating costs, infrastructure, annual, general or capital fundraising campaigns, nor do we promote political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies or activities which may be deemed discriminatory.

Please note: Larger grant applications may also include minimal amounts for operating expenses. However, a grant proposal that is generally focused on staff salary and overhead expenses will not be considered for funding.

Details on how to submit your application are outlined on the application forms shown on this page.

Download our Grant Report Form.

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