Community Funding

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.

Community Investment Funding Programs

Identify 'N Impact Investment (INI) Funding

The Identify 'N Impact Investment Fund aims to support and encourage the valuable contributions young people make to their communities. The INI Fund helps youth turn IDEAS into ACTION.(Application deadline EXTENDED to July 21, 2017.)

Community Projects & Events Grant Program


  • Community Events grant stream:build resident engagement and leadership by supporting residents to connect, learn and act to improve their wellbeing, neighbourhoods, and community.

  • Community Projects grant stream: fund products and tools that are grounded in the experience of residents, and the creation of community knowledge and assets.

Neighbourhood Micro Grants (New!)

Neighbourhood Micro-Grants will offer small grants of $1,000 to residents of the 31 NIA and 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods to develop projects that advances the key themes of the TSNS 2020.

Former Investment Funding Programs ( no longer accepting applications)

Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Investment Funding

The Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Investment Program provides short-term funding to community-based projects that act on human rights, accessibility, equity, discrimination and hate crime concerns in their neighbourhoods and communities.

Community Safety Investment (CSI) Funding

The Community Safety Investment (CSI) program provides short term funding of 1-3 years for outcome focused activities that build community capacity for violence prevention and increase safety for the most vulnerable groups in Toronto.

Community Festivals & Special Events (Community Festivals) Investment Funding

The Community Festivals & Special Events Investment Program (Community Festivals) 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.

Community Recreation (Community Recreation) Investment Funding

The Community Recreation Investment Funding Program (Community Recreation) 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.

Game On Toronto!

Game On Toronto! will provide short-term funding to Toronto non-profit community groups, non-profit sports clubs, leagues and associations for sports development projects. (Deadline for applications has passed.)