Published on March 21, 2016
Sometimes your idea for an 100in1day intervention is so big it might require a little funding. We want to help you get the resources you need, so we've put together a guide on 4 ways you can fundraise.
1. Attend our funding workshop
We are partnering with David Suzuki Foundation’s Homegrown Park Rangers Initiative to bring you a workshop on funding.
Date: April 27th
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: CSI Annex. Garage. 720 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON. M5S 2R4
2. Find local Sponsors
Local business owners can be a great source of support for community events. Here are a couple things you should do before you approach anyone.
- Do your research
- Be clear and transparent on how the funds will be used and how donors will benefit
- Write a formal letter asking for support
- Follow up with all your donors and attendees after your event/project to thank them and give them an update on your project – good relationships are key
3. Start a crowd-funding campaign
Crowdfunding is an easy affordable way to fundraise. Get started early and ensure you leave yourself enough time to work through the process. Crowdfunding can be a competitive landscape so make sure your campaign stands out.
- Here are: 10 Secrets to Highly Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns
- Pick the right crowdfunding platform for you. Here is a list of the top 10 crowdfunding campaigns with information breakdowns.
4. Apply for a grant
There are plenty of agencies that provide funding for community projects. Check them out if you are interested in finding funds for your project (complete list below).
Things to check for before applying:
Does your project meet their criteria?
What do they not fund? i.e. Salaries
When is the application due?
What is the turnaround time?
Know your message.
Can you explain who you are, what you are doing and why someone should support you?
Tap into existing networks – who do you already know in your community?
Spend some of your planning time on recruiting potential donors and volunteers
Live Green Toronto Community Grant
Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Community Contributions Program
The Weston Family Parks
The Green Source Funding Database
Canadian Wildlife Foundation’s Funding Program
EcoAction Community Funding Program
Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
Maple Leaves Forever
The McLean Foundation
Ontario Trillium Foundation
RBC Blue Water Project
TD Friends of the Environment
TD Green Streets