Meet The Funders Forum – 2015

Connecting opportunities and building capacity for writing wining funding proposals

An event for non profit organizations, service providers and grassroots groups in Scarborough.

Date & time: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 9:30am – 4pm
Location: McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough

On October 8, 2015 the Toronto Newcomer Office, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership in collaboration with Toronto Public Library and Toronto Public Health hosted a Meet the Funders Forum at McGregor Park Community Centre in Scarborough. The Forum was designed to be a capacity-building day for local service providers and grassroots organizations focused on funding opportunities, current funding priorities and on addressing common challenges in writing successful grant proposals. 

15 panelists and presenters representing a broad range of funding organizations shared their information and insights. Funders represented at the event included: Canadian Heritage; Canadian Women’s Foundation; City of Toronto; Collective Impact; Laidlaw Foundation; Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation; Metcalf Foundation; Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade; Ontario Trillium Foundation; TD Bank; Toronto Public Health and Toronto Enterprise Fund 


1. Canadian Women’s Foundation

2. City of Toronto – Community Funding Unit

3. Metcalf Foundation’s -Opportunities Fund

4. Ontario Trillium Foundation – Investment Strategy_Oct 8, 2015

Workshop topics:

There were three presentations followed the panel discussion to provide more insight on developing project proposal, partnership building and sustainability.

  • Building the business case – needs assessment, rationale and being strategic – Michelle Miller-Guillot, Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade
  • Partnership & trusteeship Laurie O’Dell, City of Toronto and Tereza Coutinho, United Way Toronto.
  • Evaluation & sustainability  – Sheree Shapiro, Toronto Public Health (Presenter: Toronto Public Health)
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