Grant Name: Seed Grant





No upcoming deadline


Apply for a Seed grant to help you learn something new to drive positive change in your community. Your project should focus on what and how you will learn, rather than aiming to achieve a specific, measurable goal.

  • Find new or better ways of doing things to have more impact
  • Test or pilot a new or unproven approach to prove its potential
  • Test new ideas or concepts to learn from the results
  • Respond to emerging issues in a community
  • Try out innovative approaches where the results are unknown
  • Explore the feasibility of new or unproven ideas or approaches


Organization requirements

Please ensure your organization meets all of the following criteria:

Project eligibility

Please ensure your project meets all of the following criteria:

  • The project information is complete and includes all of the attachments
  • The project strongly aligns with your chosen Grant Result (all grants) and metric (Grow and Capital grants only)
  • The project complies with OTF policies
  • The project aligns with the Grow, Seed, or Capital Investment Stream

Board of directors’ requirements

All organizations must meet OTF’s Board of Directors requirements. However, Municipalities, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, or other Indigenous communities are not required to submit Board of Director information with their grant application.

Please ensure your organization meets all of the following criteria:

  • Your organization has a minimum of three board members with active terms. Their terms need to be active as of the application deadline date.
  • At least 50% of the board must maintain an arm’s length relationship to each other. This means that board members and executives are not married or related to each other and do not work as business partners or are in another relationship where interests may be compromised.

Financial statement requirements

While all organizations must meet OTF’s Financial Statement requirements, Municipalities, First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or other Indigenous communities are not required to submit financial statements with their grant application.

  • Organizations must upload their most recent completed financial statements based on their fiscal year-end date and total revenues.
  • Additional information pertaining to a surplus or deficit will need to be uploaded along with the financial statements, if applicable.
  • Organizations must have at least one year of financial history from their incorporation or charitable registration date based on their organization’s fiscal year-end date.
  • Financial statements must be Board approved (draft statements are not accepted).
  • Financial statements must be completed within 12 months of the organization’s most recent fiscal year-end. For the April 6, 2022, deadline:
    • 2020 financial statements are required (including 2019 comparative details) if your organization’s fiscal year-end date falls between April 1 and December 31
    • 2021 financial statements are required (including 2020 comparative details) if your organization’s fiscal year-end date falls between January 1 and March 31

Review additional financial statements requirements

Policy requirements

Our policy requirements define eligibility for OTF funding and outline exclusions. Funds are granted to eligible applicants delivering eligible project activities that directly align with OTF Priority Outcomes and Grant Results.

View our policies

Collaborative’s eligibility

We recognize and support collaborative arrangements that will achieve positive community impact.

Read more about collaborative agreements

How to Apply?

1.       Application submission

2.       Review and assessment

  • OTF staff will first review your application as well as information available on your organization’s website and social media accounts, to make sure you are eligible to apply, that your application is complete, and is a fit with the grant requirements. Our experienced staff and local volunteers score your application against the grant assessment criteria.

3.       Recommendation and selection

  • Local Grant Review Team volunteers make funding recommendations. OTF’s Board of Directors approve these recommendations.

4.       Notification

  • The final list of approved grants is sent to Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to give them the opportunity to congratulate successful recipients directly, when possible. OTF then notifies all applicants of the final decision.

5.       Orientation

  • Successful applicants take part in a mandatory orientation session with their OTF Program Manager.

6.       Confirmation

  • Successful applicants are sent an email with their OTF Contract.

7.       Activation

  • Grants are activated once OTF contracts are signed and returned electronically.
  • Next, in order for OTF to release the first grant payment through electronic funds transfer (EFT), the organization’s banking information needs to be confirmed in OTF’s online portal.

8.       What happens during and at the end of your grant?

  • Reporting & monitoring: In addition to touchpoints as needed, grantees submit a final report when the project is completed. This covers the achievement of the project and learnings.
  • Completion: After OTF staff approve a final report, the grant hold-back funds are released, and the grant is closed.
  • Grantee compliance: A random sample of grants is subject to a Grantee Compliance Audit. Grants can be audited for compliance at any point within the grant’s life, or after the grant has been closed.

Funding Amount

  • Minimum $5,000
  • Maximum $75,000

Contact Information

1 800 263-2887
416 963-4927
TTY: 416 963-7905
Fax: 416 963-8781

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