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4 Ways to Get Funding for Your 100in1day Intervention

Published on March 21, 2016

A powwow!

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.

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?

General tips:
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

Available Grants:
Live Green Toronto Community Grant
Metcalf Foundation
Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Community Contributions Program
The Weston Family Parks
Toronto Foundation
Community Foundations 
The Green Source Funding Database 
Canadian Wildlife Foundation’s Funding Program
CN EcoConnexions  
EcoAction Community Funding Program 
Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund 
Honda Canada 
Maple Leaves Forever 
The McLean Foundation  
Ontario Trillium Foundation 
RBC Blue Water Project
TD Friends of the Environment  
TD Green Streets