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Call for Applications--Vital Ideas Program Grants

Deadline December 1, 2011

Vital Ideas: Increasing the effectiveness of high-impact initiatives in Toronto through one-time strategic capacity-building grants

Vital Ideas grants are awarded to high-impact programs or organizations that are currently in operation and that have a solid track record of success making Toronto a better place to live, work, learn and grow.

What activities do Vital Ideas grants support?

Vital Ideas grants support strategic activities that help make the impact of an already high-impact program or organization more sustainable. The Vital Idea grant is not program funding but is a capacity-building grant to be used to increase the effectiveness of a program or organization and to position it for even greater impact in the future.

These grants enable proven, effective organizations to expand their reach, share their experience and better sustain their impact. The support of these strategic activities is meant to be a one-time investment in building the capacity of not-for-profits.

The Community Foundation provides grants of up to $30,000 over one year (April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013) for activities such as:

  • Replication: Encouraging increased use of the program by other organizations and/or neighbourhoods and setting the groundwork for the expansion required.
  • Documentation: Ensuring that the beneficial impact of the program is clearly understood.
  • Promotion: Communicating the benefits of the program among those who can use it or help support it to grow.

Who can apply?

The Vital Ideas program is open to any charitable organization registered with Canada Revenue Agency that is located in the City of Toronto whose work directly benefits the quality of life of Toronto residents. For organizations that do not have charitable status, but would still like to be considered for the Vital Ideas grant stream, please see the “Who Can Apply?” document for information on how to establish a partnership with a charitable organization and what elements must be included in a signed agreement.

Complete applications must be received by 5.00 p.m. on December 1, 2011.

For detailed application and eligibility guidelines, please visit