Grant and Sponsorship Ideas

We've listed grant opportunities that may be applicable to your library below. We also encourage you to check for funding opportunities with larger organizations (banks, national retailers) and community-based supports (Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, etc.)

OLA Funds
OLA offers a variety of funds on a regular basis. For more information, visit the OLA Funds webpage.

Provincial (via Grants Ontario)


Grants Ontario - is your source for grants provided by a number of Government of Ontario ministries. Grants listed include:

Enabling Change Fund (for accessibility configurations)
Ontario 400th Celebrations Program 
Cultural Development Fund
Ontario Arts Council (for arts and events)
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (for arts and events)
Parents Reaching Out Grants -(for education programs in partnership with parents communities)

Federal:

A comprehensive guide of government funding programs can be found on Charity Village
Canadian Heritage Funding and Assistance Programs

Canada Council for the Arts: Travel Grants for Authors (example)
Federal: (staffing) Youth Internship Program, Young Canada Works, Canada Summer Jobs

Other:

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Grow Grants, Seed & Capital Grants and Collective Impact Grants. Application deadlines vary.

Canada Post Foundation
To support initiatives that benefit children. A applications accepted in March.

Indigo Love of Reading
For high-school needs elementary schools who don't have the resources for new and engaging books. Applications accepted at the beginning of each year see also: Sarah Badgely Literacy Fund and Festival Fund

Aviva Community Fund
for ideas that result in change that positively affects your community. Ideas accepted between September to October. 

Ontario Media Development Corporation
Numerous grants to review for application

One of Youth Regional Communities by National Bnak, seeking inspiring, comprehensive projects and emphasize leadership, creativity and problem-solving skills.

Further Ideas:

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

Grant Opportunities for Libraries

Grant: One for Youth Regional Committees
Up to $15,000 in financial support offered to non-profits and schools submitting a project supporting entrepreneurial spirit, health & wellness or education.

Source
:
National Bank
Region:Canadian Wide

Deadline:November

Website
| PDF Guide

Grant:
Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund – Information Technology and Service Capacity

The Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund is a $10 million investment over three years that recognizes the key role public libraries play in building strong, vibrant communities across the province. The fund was announced in the Ontario 2014 Budget.
Source: Government of Ontario
Region: Ontario
Deadline: April 2016
Website | PDF Guide

Grant: Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund – Research and Innovation
The Ontario Libraries Capacity Fund is a $10 million investment over three years that recognizes the key role public libraries play in building strong, vibrant communities across the province. The fund was announced in the Ontario 2014 Budget.Source: Government of Ontario

Region: Ontario
Deadline:
April 2016
Website

Grant: Public Library Operating (PLOG), Public Library Pay Equity (PE), and/or First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants
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

Source: Government of Ontario
Region:
Ontario
Deadline:
November
Website