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Community Healing and Unity Grants 2024

Purpose:
In June 2023, the federal government proclaimed that the first Friday of June (June 7, 2024) will now be recognized as the National Day against Gun Violence. The goal of the national day is to raise awareness and encourage national discussion about the causes and effects of gun violence. In alignment with this proclamation, the City is launching the Community Healing and Unity Grants. This one-time, city-wide funding opportunity will support initiatives and activities that promote peace and the reduction of gun violence in the City of Toronto. Through community-led commemorative activities and events, these grants will honour the collective memory of those lost to gun violence, showing solidarity with affected families, lost ones and communities.

This funding opportunity aims to provide a space for collective healing, remembrance, peace, unity and the acknowledgement of the impact of gun violence across the City of Toronto. Funding will support communities in building their own capacity to share their stories about the impact of gun violence and community resilience. 

The Community Healing and Unity Grants will provide eligible applicants with the opportunity to apply for up to $15,000 in funding. Applicants must demonstrate that their project(s), promote healing, peace and build awareness around the impacts of Gun Violence, and honour the collective memory of those lost to gun violence through collaborative activities. Projects should focus on healing, peace and unity and should remain broad to support the community’s collective healing. Applicants must be a not-for-profit group  in order to be eligible to receive this grant and are encouraged to work in partnership with residents, grassroots groups and other community stakeholders. 

Eligibility:
The activity or initiative must meet all of the following:
  1. Involve grassroots group/organization located in Toronto.
  2. Group consists of 3 or more members,
  3. Must have experience in running community-led events.
  4. Must be willing to work with The Neighbourhood Group as their trustee.
  5. Must be located in of one SafeTO zones or TO Wards Peace program areas.
  6. Priority will be given to groups that are inclusive of all neighbourhoods in the zone, cross-community collaborative and demonstrates outreach that reflect all neighbourhoods.
Table 1: SafeTO Zones
  • Zone 1: Black Creek, Glenfield-Jane Heights, York University Heights, Oakdale-Beverley Heights, and Humbermede
  • Zone 2: Elms-Old Rexdale, Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, and Kingsview Village-The Westway
  • Zone 3: Beechborough-Greenbrook, Rustic, Rockcliffe-Smythe, Yorkdale-Glen Park, Englemount-Lawrence, Weston, Brookhaven-Amesbury, and Weston-Pelham
  • Zone 4: Kensington-Chinatown, Regent Park, Parkdale and Moss Park
  • Zone 5: Golfdale-Cedarbrae-Woburn, Oakridge, Malvern East, Eglinton East, L’Amoreaux, Morningside, West Hill, and Dorset Park
  • Zone 6: Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, and Victoria Village
  • TO Wards Peace Site: Rexdale, Jane and Finch, Westhill/Morningside, Woburn, Malvern
Key Dates:
  • March 21st, 2024: GRANT CALL OPENS
  • March 28th, 2024: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  • April 3rd, 2024: 6:00 pm - 7:00pm
  • April 19th, 2024: 12:00 pm:  GRANT APPLICATION CLOSES
  • April 2024:
    • Grant review process
      • Note: Your group may be contacted during the first two weeks of April for clarifications on your projects. Group leads should regularly check their emails.
  • ‚ÄčWeek of April 29th, 2024:
    • Funding announcement and release of funds
  • May 18th – 22nd, 2024:
    • Orientation and Training with Trustee (The Neighbourhood Group)
  • June 7th, 2024 – June 14th, 2024
    • Majority of project activities take place
  • June 15th, 2024 – June 30th, 2024
    • Other project activities completed
  • July 30th, 2024: Final Report Due
How to Apply:
Click the  link to fill out the online application form: Community Healing and Unity Grants (chkmkt.com)
The Grant Guidelines can be found here:

Contact Information:
Should you have any questions about the Community Healing and Unity Grants, please contact: