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.
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 see alignment between your project/program and the Foundation’s goals, you may be invited to submit a formal Grant Application. The LOI should be submitted online. You will be able to save your progress should you need to. In addition, you may also download and complete our Letter of Intent Template first and then copy and paste to our online form. You will also receive a record of your submission upon completion.
Developing and submitting an LOI through our online form takes approximately 45–60 minutes.
2. Grant Application
Foundation staff will inform you if you have been invited to submit a formal Grant Application. You will be provided with further information including the submission deadline, which is typically at least one month in advance of an upcoming Meeting of the Board of Directors. This period allows staff to review the request, ask further questions, and develop a summary for the Board. 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 all supporting documents) takes between two and three hours and is to be submitted to Foundation staff by email.
A few tips to consider as you prepare your LOI and grant application:
- All LOIs are to be submitted online through the link provided. If staff decide to invite you to submit a full grant application, they will follow up with you directly with further instructions.
- While staff will review your LOI and decide whether to invite you to complete a full grant application, it is the Foundation’s Board of Directors that review grant applications and decide whether to approve grants. When preparing your grant application, keep in mind that our Board of Directors, who are based in different parts of the country and have different educational and professional backgrounds, may not have the same knowledge about you, your initiative, your organization, or your sector. In short, make sure that what you write is clear, concise, and articulates the point you want to get across in a way that someone reading this for the first time will be able to understand.
- 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. For instance, instead of saying “We will present the findings at conferences,” be specific and tell us which conferences and when.
- Ensure the numbers in your budget add up.
- Please use plain language and avoid sector-specific jargon.
- If you use acronyms, please identify them at first usage.