Funding opportunities for capital projects

by Jini Stolk

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Capital Fund (CCF) has just announced a final extension and new August 15 deadline for applications to revitalize facilities of nonprofit organizations that serve diverse cultural communities. Application Tips (pdf), Guidelines 2012 (pdf), Factsheet 2012 (pdf), Questions and Answers (pdf)

The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund – an entirely new funding program for state of good repair and smaller renovation projects – has just been announced by FedDev Ontario. The application deadline of August 24 comes hard on the heels of CCF’s. Full program information is here. 

I’d love to know if you’re planning to apply to either or both of the above: drop me a note at

The City of Toronto’s Better Buildings Partnership info session on June 20th provided new, helpful information on one of the best green incentive programs in Canada – including the fact that generous “new build” support can be available to renovation projects under certain circumstances! BBP staff are eager to work with arts clients (such as the McMichael Gallery which recently became the first major public gallery to switch entirely to LED lighting) and will come to your offices to help you fill out the forms. Green renovations are cost- saving, labour saving, energy saving, planet saving, and attractive to individual and foundation donors: what’s not to love? Presentation files and program details are at; contact BBP at 416.392.1110 or if you have additional questions or to arrange a meeting.

The Centre for City Ecology’s Section 37 Event on April 25th was entirely sold out – a testament to the tremendous interest and significant opportunities available through this section of the Ontario Planning Act, allowing community organizations to secure development benefits. Presentations from speakers Patrick Devine and John Gladki are available on the Centre’s website. A podcast and transcription will be posted soon.

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