External Funding Opportunities

We've listed grant opportunities that may be applicable to your library below. 


Aviva Community Fund

For ideas that result in change that positively affects your community.
Deadline passed


Canada Council for the Arts

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture


Canadian Heritage

Aboriginal People's Program - Aboriginal Languages Initiatives

The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) supports the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages through community-based projects and activities. Expected results include the following:
  • Indigenous people have access to community-based programs and activities that contribute to the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures;
  • Indigenous communities are assisted in their efforts to enhance languages and cultures; and
  • Indigenous languages and cultures are preserved and enhanced as living cultures.
The Department of Canadian Heritage recognizes that initiatives that aim to preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages must be flexible and responsive to the broad range of community needs, goals and priorities.

Deadline December 5th, 2018

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Sponsorship for summer job programs in Heritage Organization
Deadline passed (January 15, 2018)

Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage
Internship program
Deadline passed (January 15, 2018)


Canada Post Foundation

To support initiatives that benefit children.
Deadline April 5th, 2019 at 12PM. Applications open on March 1st, 2019. 


Indigo Love of Reading

Supports Canadian high-needs elementary schools through funding the purchase of books and educational resources.​
Deadline passed, February 16, 2018


Ontario Arts Council

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture


Ontario Ministry of Education

Parents Reaching Out Grants


Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

Various Grants to support Arts and Culture

Public Library Operating (PLOG) Grant // Public Library Pay Equality (PE) Grant // First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grant
Library operating grants are statutory under the Public Libraries Act. Library operating funding goes to:

  • Public Library Boards and First Nations public libraries; and
  • Municipalities, Local Service Boards or First Nations that establish a contract for library service with a neighbouring public library board

Deadline October 16, 2018


Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Skills Catalyst Fund

To support new and existing high-impact projects/pilots addressing Highly Skilled Workforce priorities.
Deadline passed: January 26, 2018


Ontario Trillium Foundation

Provides project based funding to support 6 Action Areas: Active People, Connected People, Green People, Inspired People, Promising Young People, Prosperous People.


For more information on grants that may be available, please consult:

  • Grants Ontario is your source for grants provided by a number of Government of Ontario ministries.
  • Charity Village for comprehensive guide of government funding programs.

Further Ideas:

  • Check bank web sites
  • Check your community-based supports: Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce.

Do you know of a funding opportunity to support libraries? Please contact Sarah Roberts, Advocacy & Research Officer, OLA to tell us about it.
Last updated October 2018*