Family Innovations Scale Grant Program

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Relevent Country: Canada

Are you a grassroots group led by parents, guardians, and caregivers with over two years of experience delivering a community project? If yes, then apply for a Family Innovations Scale grant to enhance your existing project for a deeper impact on parents, guardians, and caregivers or to expand your project to reach more parents, guardians, and caregivers.

Funding Information

  • Maximum $125,000
  • Minimum 3 years, Maximum 4 years


  • Creating safe spaces for Indigenous and/or Black parents, guardians, and caregivers to strengthen relationships, build strong community and cultural connections, and heal from trauma
  • Supporting parents, guardians, and caregivers to navigate and access resources for economic stability
  • Supporting parents, guardians and caregivers to effectively navigate, access, and influence systems that affect family well-being

Eligibility Criteria


  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit) parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Black parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Racialized parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Newcomer parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Francophone parents, guardians, and caregivers
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers and/or their children who are two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (2SLGBTQ+)
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers and/or their children living with disabilities or special needs
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers living in rural, remote and/or Northern communities
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers and/or their children in conflict or at risk of being in conflict with the law
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers at risk of contact or in contact with child welfare services
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers in low income situations
  • Parents, guardians and caregivers who are homeless or at risk of being homeless
  • Parents, guardians, and caregivers whose children are at-risk of dropping out or have dropped out of school
  • YOF supports projects led by parents, guardians, and caregivers who share identities, experiences, and face the same systemic barriers as those who will benefit from the project.
  • Is led by parents, guardians, and caregivers who share identities and experiences with those they will engage in project activities
  • Has three or more core group members
  • Exists independent of a larger organization
  • Is based in Ontario, and programming benefits parents, guardians and caregivers living in Ontario
  • Core team members have a history and experience doing work together. This experience can included delivering core program model or other activities.

Is an:

  • Unincorporated group or
  • Incorporated not-for-profit with independently managed revenues no higher than $50,000 in either of the last two years. Board members and day-to-day management must also meet the by and for requirements, and identify with parents, guardians and caregivers
  • Agrees to work with an Organizational Mentor (OM)


  • Groups specifically designed to serve parents, guardians, and caregivers through committees or clubs of institutions, including municipalities, universities, schools, and hospitals
  • Groups looking to design programming for children
  • Groups/projects based at an existing organization (not-for-profit or for profit)
  • Groups with charitable status
  • For-profit businesses
  • Individuals