The Foundation welcomes grant proposals from registered charities or other qualified donees (as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency) that are aligned with its mission.
We encourage you to first read our Granting FAQs before applying.
All funding requests must be submitted via our ONLINE FUNDING REQUEST AND GRANT MANAGEMENT PORTAL.
If you have any questions, please contact Ben Liadsky at 416-923-8953 ext. 121 or ben[at]counselling.net.
The Foundation has a two-stage funding request process:
1. Letter of Intent (LOI)
A short Letter of Intent will allow us to get a preliminary outline of your intended project. If Foundation staff sees alignment between your project and the Foundation’s goals, you may be invited to submit a formal Grant Application. Developing an LOI in our online Grant Management portal takes about 60 minutes.
2. Grant Application
Foundation staff will inform you following the assessment of your Letter of Intent if you have been invited to submit a formal Grant Application. You will be told about specific deadlines for submitting your Grant Application which is typically at least one month in advance of an upcoming Meeting of the Board of Directors. This period allows the President to review the request, conduct necessary research, ask further questions, and develop a summary for the Board. This due diligence is an important part of the vetting process so late or last-minute Grant Applications are not usually accepted. In addition to the written application, you will also be asked to submit a cover letter, a budget, and a copy of your organization’s audited financial statements. You will also have the option of submitting up to three letters of support.
Developing a Grant Application (including the Grant Application Form and the supporting documents) takes between two and three hours.
A few tips and guidelines for your Grant Application:
- When completing your Grant Application, it is important to keep in mind the needs and background of your audience, in this case the Board of Directors at The Counselling Foundation of Canada. Our directors come from the private sector, educational institutions and non-profits; and they hail from different parts of the country. This diversity means that some directors may not be particularly familiar with your organization, your sector or your field of interest. Furthermore, while you may have had discussions with Foundation staff about the nature of your proposed initiative, those who will assess your Grant Application for funding may not have the same context. So, it is important not to make assumptions about what directors will and will not know about the framework of the initiative you are asking the Foundation to support;
- Grant applications should be kept in the 6-8 page range; if necessary, you are welcome to add appendices which contain supporting information. Board packages are typically long, so Board members appreciate brevity and concise documents;
- Please use an easy to read and appropriately sized font (e.g. Times New Roman 12 or Arial 11);
- Avoid repeating the same content in different sections;
- Avoid lists of bullet points with generic information requiring Board members to ask staff to fill in the gaps (for instance, “We will present the findings at conferences”. Which conferences and when?);
- Ensure the numbers in your budget add up; also, if you are submitting a Grant Application for a multi-year project make certain that the budget details correspond with the activity plan outlined;
- Please use plain language and avoid sector-specific jargon;
- If you use acronyms, please identify them at first usage.