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 

Community Food Centres Canada has a webinar on fundraising if you register for their Learning Network (no cost)


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.

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security has grants for people wanting to access seed saving training.

Keep an eye on Live Green Toronto - they sometimes offer environmental grants, incentives and awards that are relevant to growers. For 2019, they are offering grants for pollinator garden projects, applications open March 4 - May 1, 2019.


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.

Toronto Botanical Gardens have annual awards with a changing focus.

Toronto Community Foundation Vital People/Ideas/Youth Awards  

Live Green Toronto awards 

Toronto Urban Heroes awards

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