Neighbourhood Grants Program
The 2020 Neighbourhood Grant call for applications has closed. Current applicants should see the key dates below for the next steps. Please contact your local Community Development Officer for updates and for other opportunities in your neighbourhood.
The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available grants of $1,000-$3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events or activities held between March 16 – September 15, 2020.
A maximum of $5,000 will be available for each of the 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and eight Emerging Neighbourhoods). See if your neighbourhood is eligible (listed below).
Funded Neighbourhood Grants events/activities help to promote the Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020) in the following areas:
- Economic Opportunities: For example – jobs skills workshops, certification workshops, employment forums and more
- Healthy Lives: For example – nutrition workshops, wellness days, gardening events and more
- Participation in Decision Making: For example – community speak out events, leadership training, civic action forums and more
- Social Development: For example – educational workshop/forums, back to school events, neighbourhood festivals and more
- Physical Surroundings: For example – community beautification events, neighbourhood walking tours, community art events and more.
If you would like to know more, watch a short video on the TSNS 2020 or a short film (four minutes) on the Neighbourhood Grants program! The Social Planning Toronto is the City’s partner in providing training to grant recipients and acting as the coordinating partner for their grants. Please visit Social Planning Toronto’s Neighbourhood Grants’ website for additional guides and information for funded groups.
Your Resident-led Group:
- Is made up of members who live in one of the 39 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) or Emerging Neighbourhoods (EN). Find your neighbourhood!
- Has at least three or more residents who make up the group
- Is not a business, registered not-for-profit, or a social enterprise
- Does not have part-time or full-time City of Toronto employees as group members
- Is in Good Standing with the City of Toronto (no outstanding Neighbourhood Grant reports and do not owe the City of Toronto any money)
Your Activity or Event:
- Open and free for residents of the neighbourhood
- Take place in one of the 39 neighbourhoods
- Held in a public space
- One-time event or completed within a one month period
Your group members must live in one of the following 39 neighbourhoods. Your event/activity must be held in one of the 39 neighbourhoods.
- Black Creek
- Dorset Park
- Eglinton East
- Elms-Old Rexdale
- Englemount Lawrence
- Flemingdon Park
- Glenfield-Jane Heights
- Humber Heights-Westmount
- Humber Summit
- Keelesdale-Eglinton West
- Kennedy Park
- Kingsview Village-The Westway
- Mount Dennis
- Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown
- Regent Park
- Scarborough Village
- South Parkdale
- Taylor Massey
- Thistletown-Beaumond Heights
- Thorncliffe Park
- Victoria Village
- West Hill
- Westminster Branson
- Weston-Pelham Park
- York University Heights
- Yorkdale Glen Park
|October 22, 2019||Deadline to apply to the Neighbourhood Grant program|
|November 7 to December 17, 2019||Application reviews and recommendations for funding|
|January 2020||Funding Decisions and notifications to applicants|
|January/February 2020||Orientation Sessions for successful applicants|
|February/March – September, 2020||Capacity building training workshops for successful applicants|
|March 16 to September 15, 2020||Neighbourhood Grant activities/events held in neighbourhoods across Toronto|
|September 30, 2020||Deadline for resident groups to report back on their Neighbourhood Grant online and at Neighbourhood Planning Tables|
Neighbourhood Grants are recommended for funding by residents and community agencies from the local neighbourhood at your local Neighbourhood Planning Table meeting or by a Neighbourhood Grants Resident Selection Panel.
The Decision Making Process
- Your application is reviewed by City of Toronto staff to ensure that your group is eligible. For example, we check to see that all group members live in one of the 39 eligible neighbourhoods.
- Your application is shared with your local Neighbourhood Planning Table or the Resident Advisory Committee to make funding recommendations.
- We encourage your group to attend your local Neighbourhood Planning Table to present your idea and answer questions when they make their selections.
- The Executive Director of Social Development, Finance and Administration reviews the recommendations for funding from the Neighbourhood Planning Tables and approves the neighbourhood grants.
- Report online and to your local Neighbourhood Planning Table.
- Funded groups will be contacted by City of Toronto and Social Planning Toronto, the Neighbourhood Grants’ Coordinating Partner.
The Review Criteria
Reviewers of the Neighbourhood Grant applications will be looking for the following things:
- Will the target group be interested in the activity/event?
- Does the activity/event bring together a diverse group of people from the neighbourhood?
- Does the activity/event support one of the five Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 Theme Areas:
- Economic Opportunities
- Healthy Lives
- Participation in Decision Making
- Social Development
- Physical Surroundings?
- Does the group have a good plan for the activity/event? Will the group be able to carry out the activity/event?
- Is the budget clear? Does it make sense for the activity/event?
List of Grant Recipients
- Neighbourhood Grants Recipients – brief descriptions of resident-led events that have been funded in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
- Two residents tell the story of TSNS 2020 through these videos.