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Canadian Funding Sources - where to find [some] online

At the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, one of the most frequent requests for information and assistance that we receive from health promoters (that's our clientele, so to speak) is for a list or

inventory of "funding sources" that program proposals could be submitted to. My standard reply is that "there is no reliable up-to-date listing of funders, and if there was, it would not be very useful to you. The most important part of fund-raising is knowing what you want to do, with who and how that initiative could be supported - then go looking for appropriate resources." However, a recent request

from an educator, helping people to go through a proposal writing process and learn about funding strategies, asked about "web-sites which list potential Canadian funding sources". Following is a

portion of my response, which suggests a few places to look.



Alison Stirling, OPC Health Promotion Consultant [and no, other than Trillium Foundation I do NOT know who has good grant programs for community health promotion! ;-]



- Charity Village Online - a great starting point!

Their sources of funding page offers a few links of interest.

http://www.charityvillage.com/charityvillage/fund.html

This page contains links to online databases and directories of funding agencies and foundations of interest to Canadian individuals and organizations, plus online tools and resources of value to those involved in prospect research. and other areas of fundraising



- The UBC Office of Research which has a searchable database of research funding sources in Canada (and a few in the US). Searchable by key word, grant type, research area and deadline, and covers Health Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. In addition to a long list of Canadian funding sources, the database contains a good cross-section of foreign agencies. The service also provides direct links to the home pages of major granting agencies. Go to

http://www.orsil.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/wow/progquery.query

and try a search.



- Searching Funding Sources Databases for a Fee

There are two other sites where there are searchable databases of Canadian corporate, foundation and government (pretty thin there) funding sources - but in both cases they have fees for access to

those databases.



1. The Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, which has a Directory of Foundations that can be purchased in print or you can subscribe to the online version. You can take a quick tour of it by going to the web-site http://www.ccp.ca/directory/index.html



2. Metasoft Systems produce the BIG Canadian Corporate and Foundations & Grants Databases.

They have a web-site that you can look at their database for a day.

http://www.bigdatabase.com/BIGOnline.nsf/Publish/Welcome

If you know what you are looking for it would be useful. They claim to have "the most fact-filled, accurate, and current source of Canadian and American fundraising information for non-profits and charities, containing over 5,000 listings." "If you are new to BIG Online take a guided tour. Call 1-888-638-2763, from 8:00 am-5:00 pm PST Monday-Friday. "



Go to a few foundations or granting sources that do have grant guidelines, criteria and applications posted on their web-sites.



The new Ontario Trillium Foundation program guidelines and application forms for Community and Province Wide funding at http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/english/program_guide_98.html



The Donner Foundation [/] notes that grants are usually made for specific projects. Funding is available for outreach activities including workshops, seminars, conferences, and publications when they are components of a larger project.



The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada's Research section. See

http://www.hsf.ca/research/guidelines.html for 1999-2000 guidelines.



Another suggestion from Charity Village is The Rick Hansen Institute

[http://www.rickhansen.org/ ] It works to find a cure for paralysis and to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Institute also awards millions of dollars in research and rehabilitation grants



The Change Foundation, part of the Ontario Hospital Foundation, funding deadline has past, but it is an interesting one to look at as an example of what might be needed for a letter of intent and a proposal - http://www.changefoundation.com/



by Alison Stirling, OPC