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.

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

The City of Toronto has micro-grants available for residents of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

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

Nature's finest Fund - The Big Carrot - This annual grant program expands the availability of locally produced food and supports and strengthens the working relationships between local family farms and The Big Carrot. 

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.


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 Aster Awards 

Toronto Community Foundation Vital People/Ideas/Youth Awards  

Live Green Toronto awards 

Toronto Urban Heroes awards

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