Our Grant Programs
Grant Program Basics
What We Fund
Our Grant Programs provide funding in four priority areas. We empower initiatives that are building a more prosperous and sustainable future, both in Canada and around the world.
- Children, Youth & Families
- Indigenous Youth
- Climate Change
- International Development
Turning Ideas into Impact
We respect every organization’s singularity and aim to offer a range of grant types to meet their different needs.
Each year we award several single year grants, and we’re also proud to have longer-term partnerships with a number of organizations.
All of our partners are achieving important work. We’re so humbled to play a part in their impact.
“Aligning with partners behind a common vision and funding their action is when excitement and passion for positive change is truly ignited.”
Children, Youth & Families
We believe that all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, deserve opportunities to thrive. We support efforts that equip children, youth, and families with skills, resources, and opportunities to reach their full potential.
- Education & Economic Opportunities
- Children & Youth Mental Health
- Food Security & Systems
- Indigenous Youth
While we welcome applications for projects that serve Indigenous youth across our Children, Youth & Families funding themes, we also seek to provide flexible support to Indigenous-led organizations serving Indigenous youth.
- Housing & Safe Spaces
- Health & Healing
- Education & Knowledge
- Economic Opportunity & Building Capacity
- Food Security & Sovereignty
We believe that combating the climate emergency is both an absolute necessity and an enormous opportunity for economic growth. We want to help halt and reverse the effects of climate change, build a green economy, and strengthen community resilience.
- Low-Emission & Renewable Technologies
- Nature-based Solutions
- Green Building & Living
- Community Resilience
In addition to empowering positive impact for ‘Children, Youth & Families’ and ‘Climate Change’ across Canada, we hope to do the same in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We look for partner organizations with a proven track record of success in effecting positive changes and deep connections with the communities they seek to serve.
- Maternal & Child Health
- Education & Economic Opportunities for Women & Girls
Our Year in Review
Consultation and collaboration are at the forefront of our minds this year. It’s increasingly apparent how important it is to listen and learn from our partners, as well as to share learnings with our peers.
Over 2022/23, we’ve engaged in funder affinity groups, shared due diligence, and launched new grant programs. We honour the expertise of those impacted and seek to follow their lead.
We hope you enjoy reading a bit about the work being done in partnership with the Peter Gilgan Foundation.