Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020) is the City of Toronto’s action plan for making sure that each of our 140 social planning neighbourhoods can succeed and thrive.

Residents and agencies from 39 identified neighbourhoods (31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods) have developed a list of changes they want to see in their own neighbourhoods –the TSNS Actions. The $1,000 grants are for use by resident-groups to support those TSNS Actions in local communities!

For examples of what we fund, click here to see the list of projects recommended for funding for 2017.

What is the City’s Neighbourhood Grants program?

We fund resident-led activities that support the 5 theme areas of the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy 2020 (TSNS 2020):

  • Economic Opportunities: For example, jobs skills workshop, certification workshop, employment forum and more
  • Healthy Lives: For example,nutrition workshop, wellness day, gardening event and more
  • Participation in Decision Making: For Example, community speak out event, leadership training, civic action forum and more
  • Social Development: For example, Educational workshop/forum, back to school event, neighbourhood festival and more
  • Physical Surroundings: For example, community beautification event, neighbourhood walking tour, community art event and more

Up to three (3) groups from each of the 39 neighbourhoods can be funded for events that advance TSNS 2020.

The Neighbourhood Micro Grants program aims to support the delivery of local actions identified by residents and community partners involved in TSNS 2020.

Is my group eligible?

If you are able to answer Yes! to the questions below – you are welcome to apply!

Is your group:

  • Group members must live in one of the Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) or Emerging Neighbourhoods (EN); see a list of eligible neighbourhoods below.
  • 5 or more residents make up the group
  • Activity or event must happen in an NIA or EN
  • Activity supports TSNS 2020 neighbourhood planning table actions
  • Activities must:
    • Be open and free for residents of the NIA
    • Occur in a public space
    • Be a one-time event or completed within 1 month
  • Follow up with your Community Development Unit Staff if you have further questions (contact information listed on the grant guidelines).

For more information, view the grant guidelines from the most recent round of funding.

How do I apply?

  • Bring your group together to plan and organize your event/activity and put together a budget for $1,000 to $3,000.
  • Remember to include in your request for funding money for City permits and insurance. Your group will need to apply for permits. Permits will take 4-8 weeks to confirm.
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Follow up with your Community Development Officer if you have further questions (Community Development Officers are listed at the end of the grant guidelines).

Grant Decision Made by Local Residents

  • Projects will be reviewed and recommended for funding by residents and community agencies (who sit on participating Neighbourhood Planning Tables)
  • Final approval for funding will be made by the Executive Director, Social Development Finance and Administration, City of Toronto.

Thank you!

We want to thank our grant advisors – previous Neighbourhood Grant applicants and staff from a small group of community organizations – for their time and invaluable insights that contributed to the design of the new Neighbourhood Grant program!