Funding for Parks: Funding Resources to Improve and Animate Your Park


Park People Partership Funding Opportunities

Weston Family Parks Challenge

Great parks are essential to Toronto’s health and vitality. They strengthen the community and provide environmental, economic and social benefits. With a commitment of $5 million over three years, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation launched the Weston Family Parks Challenge to ensure the long-term sustainability of Toronto’s parks. Building on the success of the first year, the Ontario Trillium Foundation joined in 2014 with an additional commitment of $1.125 million towards the initiative. Park People brings expertise and is administering the program.  Learn More ➜

TD Park Builder’s

In partnership with Park People, TD Park Builder’s Program encourages community engagement and animation of vital community green space in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. As one of our Sparking Change initiatives, Park People supports the work of current Friends of City Park groups and helps bring new ones to life.  We also engage community agencies helping underserved neighbourhoods have parks act as vibrant community hubs. TD Park Builder’s Program also provides funding for park events and small capital improvement projects ranging from $500-$5,000. More details on the program can be found in our program description (PDF, 3MB). To learn more about how to participate in the TD Park Builders Program, please contact

TIFF in Your Park

In 2015, Park People and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) piloted TIFF in Your Park, an event series celebrating TIFF’s 40th anniversary.  In collaboration with ten community groups across the GTA, TIFF in Your Park screened films in the park. The summer long event series totalled over 3000 attendees. TIFF in Your Park returns in 2016. Stay tuned for details on how you can get your community involved.  Read our 2015 Recap ➜

Arts in the Parks: Animating Toronto Parks

Toronto Arts Council’s pilot program, Animating Toronto Parks, will provide funding to professional artists, organizations and collectives to support free arts programming in any of 23 selected Toronto parks located outside of the downtown core. For the purposes of this program, “arts programming” includes the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged work and any combination of the above. Animating Toronto Parks is a component of the Arts in the Parks initiative which is managed by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council (TAC) in partnership with City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services, Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PF&R) and community partner Park People. The deadline for grant applications is January 11, 2016.  All applicants must also attend an information session in advance of submitting an application.


Animating Toronto Parks Program Guidelines Information Session details Selected Parks, details


Additional Funding Opportunities for Parks


Evergreen provides funding for community stewardship initiatives in partnership with Toyota and WalMart  Learn More ➜

Home Depot Canada Foundation:

 Grants for playground and park improvements. Learn More ➜


 Grants and resources for improving playgrounds. Learn More ➜

Ontario Trillium Foundation:

Operating and capital grants to support community work and park improvements. Learn More ➜

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education, urban greening and enhancing biodiversity, and energy conservation. Learn More ➜

Partnering with communities, the Toronto Park and Trees Foundation helps them fulfill their visions for neighbourhood green spaces. Learn More ➜

Funding Stories:

MLSE Community Action Grants

MLSE Foundation will grant $50,000 to a charitable organization that is taking action in their community by growing any sport. Application period opens October 21, 2015 – March 8, 2016. Learn... read more

TIFF In Your Park in 2015

This summer Park People and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) piloted TIFF in Your Park, an event series celebrating TIFF’s 40th anniversary, in collaboration with ten community groups across the GTA to bring movie nights to parks via Community Games... read more