Community Grants

Seed Grants

The Junior League of Toronto (JLT) supports non-profit organizations to deliver programs in the Greater Toronto Area. The JLT supports innovative programs by partnering with other non-profit organizations on both short and long term projects and offering start up funding through Seed Grants to support new programs.

If your organization is interested in partnering with the JLT on a community project, please email for more information. 

To apply for Seed Grant funding for the start up of a new program, please complete an application form to the required instructions by Wednesday, February 14th, 2018.  Applications are accepted from November through February each year. 

Click Here for the 2017 - 2018 Seed Grant Application Form, due  February 14th, 2018


The Centre for Dreams The JLT provided funding for their DreamWorx program – a specialized job training program that will assist people with disabilities to succeed in the workplace.

The Centre for Dreams is a York region based, non-profit day program for youth and adults, 21 years of age and older, living with a developmental disability. The Centre for Dreams provides these individuals training in subjects such as basic reading skills, how to use the public transit, how get jobs, how to handle their own financial management, general health and hygiene, and social and behavioral skills. 

Children’s Aid Foundation The JLT provided funding for their Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT), an evidence-based psychotherapy, an effective interventions for managing mental health symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood and trauma reduction. This treatment model is designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience.

The Children’s Aid Foundation funds programs that give Canada’s most neglected, vulnerable kids the support they need to reinvent their lives.

Kennedy House Youth Services The JLT provided funding for their “Essential Skills Program for Homeless Youth” at their shelter. This program will give homeless youth the essential skills and experience they will need to become part of the labour market.

The Kennedy House Youth Services helps approximately 350 homeless youth each year, by giving them a safe place to sleep, warm meals, clothing and supplies, as well as the support they need to turn their lives around.

Stonegate Community Health Centre The JLT provided funding for a sewing program geared to training women in a useful skill for employment in a low income area.

Stonegate Community Health Centre has been providing primary health care, health promotion and a wide variety of community programs since 1992. 

Trails Youth Initiatives The JLT provided funding for a mindfulness program for at-risk youth.

Trails Youth Initiatives’ mission is to challenge and equip vulnerable girls and boys from at-risk areas of Toronto to become contributing members of their communities.

Up With Women The JLT provided funding for coaching, employment, and professional training to women who have been homeless. 

Up With Women is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping recently homeless and at-risk women to build sustainable, prosperous careers and businesses with the aim of permanently exiting poverty.

Youth Without Shelter The JLT provided funding for “One Youth at A Time” a workshop for school children on youth homelessness geared toward early intervention.

Youth Without Shelter (YWS) is an emergency residence and referral agency serving homeless youth. They are dedicated to providing shelter and support programs for homeless youth. They provide an independent shelter, committed to diverse client ­focused services, in a safe, non­judgmental environment. Their programs enable youth to live responsibly and independently in society. 


ArtHart Community Art Center The JLT provided funding for a Syrian Refugee Resettlement Arts Project to provide a visual arts drop-in for Syrian refugees and their sponsor families to visit our visual arts studio to be creative together.  The goals of this initiative are to provide opportunities to learn about the Regent Park community, to form new friendships and to build their communication skills in English. 

Child Development Institute The JLT provided funding  for a gender specific component of the SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) program.  SNAP Girls will offer techniques and principles from a feminist perspective, tackles issues that contribute to girl-specific behaviour problems, such as social aggression, while focusing on some of the most prevalent childhood mental health issues, including anxiety and mood disorders.

LOFT Community Services The JLT provided funding  to launch a new Art Therapy program for the Transitional Age Youth program (TAY). TAY offers support and case management for youth mental health issues and youth addictions, and assists homeless youth in finding safe and affordable housing in Toronto.  TAY is aimed at ages 16 to 26 and exists to fill the significant gaps that exist between youth and adult services sectors, and between hospital and community-based services. 

Lost Lyrics The JLT provided funding to develop a youth-led curriculum and conference that explores issues relating to Rape and Consent through mainstream media.

VIBE Arts Offers free arts education programs to marginalized children and youth and develop program participants into volunteers, into program assistants, into program leaders and into Toronto’s next generation of artistic leaders.  The JLT provided funding to develop peer-led session sessions a year that would include presentations by youth on their projects, techniques and learnings, panels of youth discussing topics of interest, and also some informal but facilitated discussions on topics requested by youth. 

2015 Seed Grant Recipients

Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario provides the empowerment and independence of sailing to persons with physical and mental disabilities. They will be purchasing sailing assisted devices which provide quadriplegic sailors the ability to control power assist systems using their breath. 

Girls e-Mentorship Innovation connects at-risk girls in high school with successful female professional mentors, providing them with personal and academic support to encourage success in their studies and careers. They will be expanding their tutoring, exam preparation and post-secondary application workshops. 

Jumbles Theatre Group is a community based arts organization which undertakes multiyear residencies in urban neighbourhoods. They have recently expanded to the downtown CityPlace development where they are developing a dance program for mixed income teens. 

MABELLEarts brings new Canadian women together to teach the fundamentals of homecraft, such as sewing, textiles, etc. They will be purchasing new sewing machines to expand their programming. 

 St. Stephen’s Community House offers an alternative fitness program for at-risk youth. They have developed a Dance Workshop which trains peer leaders to organize dance classes, by working with local studios and instructors to offer dance classes and performances in the community. 

2013 Seed Grant Recipients

The Scarborough Women’s Centre received $2000 to expand their Building Strong Futures: Young Women’s Outreach Program. This program is structured as a series of workshops to help young women build confidence and learn how to make positive choices in all aspects of their lives, including in relationships, education and in gaining economic independence. These workshops also include a Leadership Program and Mentoring Program, encouraging the participants to share their knowledge and skills with the community. With the seed grant, the Scarborough Women’s Centre will expand the program to include a workshop about Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds. This new workshop will include and hour of physical activity, as well as discussion and education about exercise and healthy food choices. The funds will support development of the new program, supplies and snacks.

AppleTree Markets Group in partnership with Toronto Green Community received $2000 to develop the Sustainable Schools program. This program has already been run in Toronto, but the new seed grant allows Sustainable Schoolsto expand to schools that lack the funding to cover associated costs. AppleTree Markets Group help children to learn about healthy, local food, and will plan, launch and run their own food-based organization. The students will develop leadership, project management and entrepreneurial skills as they learn about where food comes from and building responsible communities. The seed grant will be used to cover market insurance, educational workshops, signage and decorations.

2012 Seed Grant Recipients

From the many deserving applicants, the following organizations presented innovative programs that required seed funding:

  • Ground Level Youth Ventures – to help with starting and running ‘The Food Chain’, a community focused commercial kitchen
  • Children’s Peace Theatre – to help develop a Theatre and Leadership Program for Refugee Youth to tell their stories
  • Yellow Brick House – to implement the Mothers in Mind Program, targeted for ‘at risk’ mothers
  • Building Bands Canada – Music Education Program for kids and youth
  • Flemington Park Ministry – for purchasing a Good Food Box for their Community Kitchen Program