New Dates for Ontario’s Nonprofit Sector

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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Ontario Trillium Foundation releases new application deadlines for 2015

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will begin to accept organization registrations from potential applicants on July 22, 2015.

After an organization has been verified by OTF, they will have access to applications for each Investment Stream: Seed (for new ideas); Grow (for scaling up ideas that work), Capital (for community infrastructure) and Collective Impact (for bringing fundamental change with collective action).  

The grant application deadlines for each stream are as follows:

  • Grow Grants: August 26, 2015
  • Seed and Capital Grants: September 2, 2015
  • Collective Impact Grants: there are no deadlines for submitting applications and they will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Between now and July 22, potential applicants can contact OTF Support Centre to help themselves prepare for the application process. Applicants have access to: a self-assessment tool to verify grant eligibility; application templates and other support materials.

The new Investment Strategy is evidence based, and focussed on creating measurable, positive impact in Ontario communities. The new strategy works to make changes in six different Action Areas: Active People, Inspired People, Prosperous People, Promising Young People, Green People and Connected People. The names of these Action Areas reflect the changes that OTF is working to see in the lives of the people of Ontario. 

More than 200 information sessions will be hosted by OTF staff province wide to outline details on the application process under the new Investment Strategy. More details on the information sessions can be found on our Events Calendar.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation’s CEO, Andrea Cohen Barrack, will host a live Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 14th from 12-1 p.m. Follow the conversation under the hashtag #OTFChat.


  • OTF is the largest granting foundation in Canada and invests in nearly 1,300 organizations a year.
  • OTF will continue to make grants across 16 catchments areas that cover the entire province.
  • OTF's participatory model of grantmaking hasn't changed: granting decisions will still be made by local volunteers in each of the 16 catchments. 


“Our government is proud to invest in a diverse range of not-for-profit and charitable organizations through our lead agency, the Ontario Trillium Foundation. I’m pleased that the new Investment Strategy will strengthen the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s existing granting programs, all of which have a positive impact on communities across the province. Moving forward, these investments will continue to help build healthy, vibrant communities, support innovative local initiatives, and enrich the quality of life for all Ontarians.”
— Hon. Michael Coteau, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“As the need for our support grows, we seek out innovative ways to work smarter without compromising our impact in our communities. This strategy will ensure great results for a better Ontario.” — Dr. Dev Sainani, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

“Through the new Investment Strategy, our goal is to focus on what we know creates positive change in communities. Building on our 30 years of experience, this transformation will demonstrate our impact in building healthy and vibrant communities.”
— Andrea Cohen Barrack, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation


OTF Support Centre: 416.963.4927 | 1.800.263.2887 |

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