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Inclusive Local Economies Program - Opportunities Fund

Grants to Toronto, Ontario Registered Charities for
Economic Opportunities for Low-Income Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Metcalf Foundation

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Deadline Date:

02/03/20 2:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Toronto, Ontario registered charities for creative strategies that enhance the economic opportunities and livelihoods of low-income individuals. Applicants must submit a letter of interest prior to applying. Funding is intended to support compelling and creative ideas that offer good work opportunities and sustainable economic development for low-income residents.

Applicants must address one or more of the following three strategic areas when submitting a proposal.:

  • Make precarious jobs better (raise the floor) and support the upward mobility of workers (build ladders);
  • Reduce barriers for low-income entrepreneurs and alternative business models; and
  • Leverage the capacity of neighbourhoods to improve the economic livelihoods of low-income residents.

Metcalf is interested in approaches that encompass an understanding of the broader landscape of public policy, research, and community action; include an analysis of equity and inclusion; and enhance the participation and leadership of low-income people in addressing the conditions they face. 

The Foundation encourages success by:

  • Supporting dynamic leadership — celebrating, developing, and strengthening leaders who are contributing to positive change;
  • Nurturing new ideas and practices — exploring and developing innovative approaches to tackling tough problems and seizing opportunities; and
  • Fostering integrated thinking — creating opportunities for ongoing dialogue, collaborative learning, and reflection to build new knowledge and inform action. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172354

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations may apply individually or in collaboration with others.

Lead applicants must be:
- Committed to improving outcomes for low-income people and communities,
- Based and active within the City of Toronto; and
- Registered as a charity through the Canada Revenue Agency.

Generally, the Foundation does not fund:
- Direct services that focus purely on developing job skills;
- Direct financial support to for-profit enterprises — social or otherwise;
- Ongoing operating expenses that are unrelated to the proposed project;
- Capital projects;
- Endowments; or
- Deficits

Pre-Application Information:

For 2020 awards, Letters of Interest will be accepted on or before, 2:00 PM, November 25, 2019. Full applications must be submitted by February 3, 2020, 2:00 PM.

Applicants will be informed within three weeks of submitting a letter of interest whether they are invited to submit full applications.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Inclusive Local Economies Program Director, Adriana Beemans, to discuss their proposals in advance of applying.

Notifications of the Board’s funding decisions will be sent out in early April 2020.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of interest are to be submitted in electronic form only to:

Applications are sent to the following address AND submitted electronically to the email address above.
Metcalf Foundation
Attention: Adriana Beemans
Inclusive Local Economies Program Director
38 Madison Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2S1
416-926-0366 x 224

Grant Coverage Areas:

City of Toronto

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario