Local not-for-profits and organizations encouraged to apply for 2024 Innovation, Capital, and Grassroots Grants

The City of London invites local not-for-profit organizations and groups, to apply for the 2024 Innovation, Capital, and Grassroots grants through the City of London Community Grants Program. Applications are being accepted until Monday, May 27, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. 

These grants are intended to support local organizations in expanding their programs, services or facilities that support Londoners. A total of $396,000 is available for Innovation and Capital projects this year. New this year is the addition of the Grassroots Grant Program. This program is intended to support new and emerging groups, hosted by a registered not-for-profit, or not-for-profit organizations established within the last three years. 

As part of the overall program, the City will direct a minimum of 25% of these grant funds to projects that support anti-racism, anti-oppression and equity and inclusion.

About the Grants

Innovation grants are provided for new, emerging projects or initiatives that engage in dynamic community partnerships, innovative improvements to service delivery and system collaboration and/or generate new ideas.

Capital grants are provided for projects that involve construction or the purchase of physical assets, including, but not limited to, land, building and associated renovation costs that support increasing program/service space.

Grassroots grants are for unincorporated grassroots groups or newly incorporated not-for-profit organizations that require support for a new initiative. Grants may be allocated towards a new initiative or early-stage idea that needs additional support to create the capacity and conditions to be effectively sustained.

All grant applications are assessed based on their alignment with the City of London’s Strategic Plan, a demonstrated need for the project in the community, the cost and effectiveness of the project and the project’s contribution to the quality of life in the community.

Organizations that are not registered not-for-profits can still apply by partnering with a host organization for Innovation and Grassroots projects. 

"Through the 2024 Innovation, Capital, and Grassroots Grants, we're not just funding projects; we're investing in the resilience and vibrancy of our city,” says Cheryl Smith, Deputy City Manager, Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services. “By empowering local organizations to innovate, expand, and address pressing needs, we’re collectively building a more inclusive and equitable London for all.” 

Previous Funding Allocations

Last year, the City received 60 applications (38 Innovation and 22 Capital) applications for the Innovation and Capital Grants program. The City funded 11 Innovation projects and two Capital projects in 2023. 

Projects funded in previous years include: 

Capital Grants

  • Humana Community Services- Access to Education for Vulnerable Youth Project 
  • St. John The Baptist Melkite Catholic Church- Community Facility Improvement Project 

Innovation Grants

  • Canadian Hearing Services- First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training in American Sign Language (ASL) Project 
  • Gan-Gani Nursery School of London- Intergenerational Art Program for Seniors Program 
  • London Children's Museum- The Limberlost Road Outreach Initiative
  • London Community Chaplaincy- Boys Community Connecting and Mentoring Program
  • London Environmental Network- Sustainable Affordable Housing Feasibility and Design Project
  • Nokee Kwe- First Employ for Business Reconciliation Project
  • Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration (MRCSSI)- Reclaiming Our Safety: Combating Gendered Islamophobia Project 
  • Muslim Wellness Network- Mentorship Program
  • Now for Tomorrow; A South Sudanese Wellness Network- Youth Programs
  • Participation House Support Services- London and Area PHSS Social 2.0 Project 
  • Webridge Community Services- Black Senior’s Day Program

Visit the City of London Community Grants Program webpage to find important resources, submit an application, view upcoming information sessions and review information related to past winners. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Last modified:Monday, April 29, 2024