Community Funding

Grants are partnerships or investments that help the City of Toronto Achieve its social, economic and cultural goals for its residents. The City's goals are better achieved by supporting the work of organizations that are closer to the communities they serve.

Grants Program Updates

Grant updates

1.    IMPORTANT: The CFU is undertaking a review of its project funding grants programs (e.g., Access Equity and Human Rights, Community Festivals, Community Recreation, Community Safety, Service Development Partnership Investment) via the Community Investment Strategy Review. 

The 2016 grant application process has ended. We will accept applications for the new grant programs when they are launched in 2017. 

Please check back in spring 2017 for new grant program announcements and deadlines.

2.   Community Investment Strategy Review:
In Fall 2015, City Council approved a refocussing of the Community Investment Funding programs. The Community Investment Funding programs are time-limited, project-based funding totalling $3 million.

The purpose of the review is to:

  • Ensure that the grant programs advance the City's Council-approved strategic directions;
  • Find ways to better support new and emerging community groups; and,
  • Respond to the changing needs of the community sector.

The City is committed to ensuring that the refocused grant programs respond to the community sector needs guided by the City's grant making values: responsive, accessible, accountable, open and transparent, diversity and equity.

You can see the details of the draft framework for the Community Investment Strategy (CIS) by clicking here.

Community Funding Programs

Community Service Partnerships (CSP) Funding

The Community Service Partnerships (CSP) program supports a strong community based sector and facilitates access to services that improve social outcomes for vulnerable, marginalized and high-risk communities.

Investment Funding Programs

The Community Funding Investment Programs provide short-term grants to projects that contribute to the City's social, economic and cultural goals.

On this page you will find information about the following Investment Programs:

  • Access, Equity and Human Rights
  • Community Festivals and Special Events
  • Community Recreation
  • Community Safety
  • Identify 'N Impact (for youth-led groups)
  • Game On Toronto!


Waste Diversion Rate Waiver Program

The Waste Diversion Rate Waiver Program was concluded effective December 31, 2016. Registered charities with a CRA charity number in good standing no longer need to apply for the Waste Diversion Rate Waiver Program to have their fees waived.

Direct questions about the Program's conclusion to

‚ÄčDirect questions regarding billing adjustments or inquiries to