Community Funding Investment Programs

At the end of March, 2017 City Council approved the new Community Investment Funding (CIF) framework.


The new framework merges the previous five grant streams into three new grant programs that will better support new and emerging groups, support sector resilience, and encourage resident engagement and leadership development.


The new grant programs will be phased in over the coming year:

  • Neighbourhood Micro-Grants (launched in April, 2017)
  • Community Projects and Events (to be launched in May, 2017)
  • Capacity Building (to be launched in Fall 2017)


The former five grant streams will no longer be accepting new applications, however we are funding the final year of multi-year grants previously allocated under the former investment programs.

Access, Equity & Human Rights

The Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) program provides time-limited funding to community-based organizations and residents to act on human rights, accessibility, equity, discrimination and hate crime concerns in their neighbourhoods and communities. The funded projects help to achieve a positive race relations and human rights climate in Toronto and promote community participation by equity-seeking groups.

By providing funding to community organizations, the City is able to promote access, equity and respect for human rights in more ways than it would be able to accomplish on its own.


About Access Equity & Human Right

ExpandWhat do we fund?

The 2016 AEHR priority is to fund projects that address current access, equity and human rights issues for members of equity-seeking groups. Applications for 2016 AEHR funding must fall into at least one or both of the following two project categories:  

  1. Increase community participation by members of equity-seeking groups by providing information, skills and/or supports that address underlying issues and work to eliminate barriers related to access, equity and human rights.
  2. Increase the capacity of communities to eliminate barriers faced by members of equity-seeking groups through advocacy and community engagement.  

Grant guidelines and application resources

Documents to download for your application

The grant guidelines will provide you with information on all eligibility criteria. Please review it first if you are considering applying for funding or calling for further information. 

Below are the 2016 grant guidelines and documents. 

Access Equity & Human Rights (AEHR) Investment Funding Guidelines AEHR Guidelines

Project Submission questions

(for information only; please review before applying online)

Project Submission Questions

Applicant Profile questions

(for information only; please review before applying online)

Applicant Profile Questions

Work Plan template 

(to be downloaded, completed and attached to the online Project Submission form)

Work Plan

Project Budget template for multi-year requests

(to be downloaded, completed and attached to the online Project Submission form only if you are applying for a two-year grant)

Two-year budget

Organization Budget template 

(to be downloaded, completed and attached to the online Applicant Profile form for those groups without audited financial statements)

Organization budget
Working with a trustee/administrative partner guide  Trustee guide

City of Toronto policies

Toronto Grants Policy Website Link

Access, Equity & Human Rights Last Year Allocation

Information for funded groups

Please contact your Agency Review Officer if you have any questions about your project activities, the grant or the reporting requirements.