Community Events for 2019 is closed. Applications for 2020 will open in Fall 2019.

Program Goals

The Community Events program fosters resident engagement and leadership by funding events and activity series that support Torontonians to connect, learn, and act to improve their well-being, neighbourhoods and communities. Funded events/series will advance at least one of the City’s strategic directions and will bring different groups of residents together to:

  • Strengthen neighbourhoods
  • Keep people active
  • Help people learn new skills and build leadership capacity

Changes made last year

Community Events – Please note, in response to your feedback, the maximum grant amounts have been increased. To increase access to grassroots groups, eligibility criteria for Community Events have also been revised. Please review the grant guidelines for more details.

Community Projects – Please note, the City of Toronto will not be soliciting Community Project applications for the funding cycle. Funds typically allocated to this stream will be reallocated to a critical area of need in the community: youth gun violence prevention and intervention. The funding strategically deepens our commitment to responding to issues impacting equity seeking groups and is needed to sustain our responses on this issue.

Grant Guidelines

Please review the Community Events Grant Guidelines for more details on the program goals, application criteria, grant terms and timelines.

  • rassroots, not-for-profit groups or organizations (incorporated or unincorporated) with annual operating budgets of less than $500,000
  • Applicants must have at least one year of experience as a group/organization
  • Community (human) service organizations/groups
  • Groups based in the City of Toronto (more than 50 per cent of participants and board members are residents of Toronto)
  • Groups that are accountable to and representative of the community they serve
  • Groups in good standing with the City of Toronto

Please note:

Applicants must satisfy all eligibility requirements in order to apply for funding.

Please review the 2019 Community Events Grant Guidelines for more details on criteria.

There is a two-step process for applying for 2019 Community Events funding.

Step 1:

  • Complete the online Eligibility Screening and Initial Application by Friday, October 26th at midnight (11:59 p.m.)

Step 2: 

  • The Initial Applications that most closely align with the grant criteria will move forward to the Full Application stage.
  • The Full Application will include a more detailed budget and workplan, as well as some additional questions.

Approved events may take place between June 1st 2019 and May 31st, 2020.

Please join us at one of the following information sessions if you have questions about the Community Events grant program:

Date Time Location Room
Thursday, October 4 10 a.m. – noon Etobicoke Civic Centre

399 The West Mall

Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Tuesday, October 9 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Toronto City Hall

100 Queen Street West

Presentation Room


Tuesday, October 16 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. North York Civic Centre

5100 Yonge St

Council Chambers
Thursday, October 18 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Scarborough Civic Centre Library

156 Borough Dr

Scarborough Civic Centre Meeting Room


Please note:

  • Registration is not necessary for Information Sessions.
  • Attendance at an Information Session is not mandatory.
  • No handouts will be provided during the Information Sessions.

Talk with an Agency Review Officer about your Community Event idea and whether it is a good fit before you apply. Call 416.392.9125 to be connected with an ARO.

Or, you can come to an drop-in on Friday, October 19 from noon – 5 p.m. at Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West) on the 14th Floor, East Tower to discuss your Community Event idea in person. Please email at to set up a time for the Application Support.

  1. For funded groups that are looking to partner with a trustee or administrative partner/mentor, here is the Working with a Trustee Guide that outlines the elements of a trustee agreement between your group and your partner organization.
  2. For additional hints on putting together a strong proposal, you can review the 2018 Grant Writing Workshop presentation provided to the 2017 applicants.
  3. To support your organization’s navigation between political vs partisan political activities during the election periods (and outside of them), we’ve put together a guide for you on Guide to Political Activities for City-Funded Groups.
    1. We also want to share a comprehensive Election Toolkit that the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) produced for groups that would like to learn more.

Events Organizing Guides

Access and Equity Event Checklist

 Event Planning 101 Slides

 Event Planning 101 Handout

 Event Planning 101 Checklist

 Event Planning 101 Toolkit

The 2018 Community Projects & Events Allocations Report to City Council provides an overview of the 2018 grant program, short descriptions of the funded applications, and the list of declined applications.

Here is the list of groups that were recommended for appeals: approved for appeals funding.

2018 Decision-Making Process

To increase transparency and accountability, staff instituted review panels comprised of City grants staff, external funders, community group representatives, and residents.

  • Funding Review Panel: funding recommendations were made by a Review Panel composed of five (5) members, including external funders and successful grant recipients from the 2017 funding cycle.
    • The 2017 Projects & Events Review Panel Members were: Erika Hennebury, Toronto Arts Council; Sarah Pendleton, Toronto Foundation; Tyler Demers, Toronto Foundation; Tanya Huq Shahriar, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada; Peggy Hornell, Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada; Chelsea Morka, Tides Canada; and, Amreen Kadwa, Hijabi Ballers.
  • Appeals Review Panel: shortlisted applications that were recommended for appeals were assessed and recommended for funding by the Appeals Review Panel.
    • The Appeals Panel was composed of three (3) community residents who are sitting members of City resident advisory committees: Alison Canning, TSNS 2020 Resident Advisory Committee; Hamdi Jimale, Toronto Youth Cabinet; Charis Newton, Toronto Seniors Forum.

We’re Here to Help!

City staff are available to provide feedback on your application idea and proposal. We are available via phone at 416-392-9271 or email at