The 2023 TUHF Funding Cycle has now closed. The 2024 TUHF funding cycle will open in September 2023.

TUHF provides funding opportunities for non-profit community-based organizations in Toronto to address HIV prevention and substance use.  Funding is provided through one- and three-year projects under the following funding streams:

  1. Prevention of HIV through sexual transmission
  2. Harm reduction
  3. Child and youth resiliency
  4. Indigenous cultural and holistic programming

The Toronto Urban Health Fund (TUHF) is a Toronto Public Health (TPH) program that provides funding for community-based HIV prevention and substance use initiatives.

TUHF funding is geared towards organizations and projects that:

  • Have trained and competent service providers
  • Are delivering quality services to high-risk individuals
  • Have access to prevention technologies and resources for high-risk individuals
  • Work with high-risk individuals to adopt proven health promotion practices

Projects funded through TUHF complements existing TPH programs to provide effective services that focus on HIV and substance misuse programming to populations and groups that TPH cannot access due to linguistic, cultural and geographic barriers.

TUHF has distinct eligibility requirements for Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

Criteria for Indigenous organizations:

  1. Non-profit organization with Letters Patent or Operating Bylaws or Strategic Plan stating Indigenous mandate
  2. Organization has an incorporation number
  3. Organization’s head office is in Toronto
  4. Project activities take place in Toronto with exceptions made for cultural activities that can take place outside of Toronto
  5. Organization has signed Audited Financial Statement (within last two years)
  6. At least 50% of organization’s Board of Directors are of Indigenous ancestry or organization is staffed and led by persons of Indigenous ancestry
  7. Organization uses an Indigenous service model and cultural expression to serve Indigenous clients and service users
  8. Proposal is requesting one-year and/or three-year project funding

Criteria for non-Indigenous organizations:

  1. Non-profit organization with Letters Patent
  2. Organization has an incorporation number
  3. Organization’s head office is in Toronto
  4. Project activities take place in Toronto
  5. Organization has signed Audited Financial Statement (within last two years)
  6. At least 50% of the organization’s Board of Directors reside in Toronto
  7. Proposal is requesting one-year and/or three-year project funding

Your organization must meet ALL criteria to be eligible for funding. If not, you may still be able to receive funding through a Trustee or Sponsor.

EOIs and Funding Proposals are reviewed using the following criteria:

  1. Evidence informed/ based
    Projects will use interventions that are evidence-informed, evidence-based, or those that can be evaluated. In other words, the interventions have been shown to work or you will demonstrate that it can work
  2. Reach
    Services that will reach high-risk populations. TUHF is looking to support a wide range of priority populations that are under-served or not currently accessing services in the City of Toronto.
  3. Addresses risks
    Services that address the risk of exposure to HIV or the harms associated with substance use.
  4. Improves health outcomes
    Interventions that have the potential to improve health outcomes
  5. Cost Effective
    TUHF has a limited amount of resources and cannot meet the demands in the community. TUHF aims to provide funding to projects that will have the most impact on under-served and high-risk populations

Apply for TUHF funding through the online grants portal Toronto Grants, Rebates and Incentives Portal (TGRIP). For more information about TGRIP and related resources please visit TGRIP Resources.

TUHF application process is a two-stage process starting with the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI) followed by a funding proposal for successful EOI applicants.

Funding Timelines

Date Funding Cycle Description
September TUHF EOI applications are available on TGRIP
September – October TUHF Staff offer information sessions and EOI workshops
October EOI submission deadline
October – November TUHF Staff screen and review EOI applications
November Eligible EOI applicants are informed of results and successful EOI applicants are invited to submit funding proposals
December – January TUHF staff offer funding proposal writing workshops
February Funding proposal submission deadline
February – May Review Panels review funding proposals
May Applicants are informed of preliminary Review Panel decisions and applicants are invited to submit appeals.
June Successful funding proposals are submitted to the Board of Health for approvals.  Approved projects are awarded funding agreements.
July 1 Approved projects start date


The report lists the most recently approved projects.

TUHF funds are awarded through a competitive process. TUHF’s goal is to support projects that deliver evaluated and effective prevention services to high-risk, underserved, and high needs populations in the City of Toronto.

The review of TUHF funding proposals is made by the TUHF Review Panel and the TUHF Indigenous Review Panel. Review Panels support the Board of Health in the allocation of TUHF funding.

Review Panel members are recruited to review funding proposals from March to May each year. If you are interested in becoming a review panel member, please review the Terms of for the TUHF Review Panel or Terms of Reference for the Indigenous Review Panel and submit a Review Panel application form.

The TUHF Review Panel

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The TUHF Indigenous Review Panel

For more information about membership on a Review Panel, please contact one of the Community Project Grants Officers.