Fundraising Strategies

The following organizations offer tips on raising funds:

Emily Martyn's HSC Community Garden Toolkit has tips for gardeners, starting on page 17.

In the appendix of their Growing Opportunities Guide for Social Service Agencies, Evergreen offers a funding proposal template 

Hardware and home improvement stores will often donate garden supplies, tools or gift cards if you contact your local store manager. Some stores will build a shed, raised beds or install fencing as an employee volunteer project. See


Evergreen has a number of funding programs. Go to their main page and search for "grants"

TD Friends of the Environment funds environmental projects and leadership.

Ontario Trillium Foundation has funding streams for small and large scale projects.

The City of Toronto has a number of grants available, particularly for residents of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

The Toronto Community Foundation has grants programs and can connect projects to individual donors

Park People offers grants and resources for groups animating public spaces.

The Big Carrot/ Carrot Cache offer sponsorships, grants and loans to community projects and local food producers.  

Fiskar's Project Orange Thumb offers tools and gift cards to non-profit gardening organizations in North America for new garden projects.

The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network has a Canadian Environmental Grants Database that is searchable by topic and location.

Sustain Ontario has a list of provincial funders that support food initiatives.

Keep an eye on Live Green Toronto - they sometimes offer environmental grants, incentives and awards that are relevant to growers. 

Community Food Centres Canada offers grants, resources and other supports to organizations that register as Good Food Organizations. 


Awards are both a way to boost a project’s fundraising capacity and a moment to celebrate the hard work of Toronto’s urban agriculture stars.

Live Green Toronto awards 

Toronto Urban Heroes awards

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