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2022 Call for Proposals

The Workforce Funder Collaborative is releasing a two-phased call for proposals to 1) identify systemic workforce development problem(s) and 2) create long-lasting and sustainable solutions.

Phase I – Open Call for Proposals: Planning Grant

In this phase, the Workforce Funder Collaborative is announcing an open call for proposals of up to $25,000 to select and support 6 – 8 organizations through a 6-month planning grant.

Organizations selected in Phase I will focus on clearly defining the workforce development problem(s) they are currently challenged by. Through capacity-building, consulting, and technical support from the Workforce Funder Collaborative’s Executive Director and consultants, these organizations will develop a comprehensive understanding of the problem and possible solutions that include key partners and stakeholders for Phase II funding.

Phase II – Invitation Only Funding: Implementation Grant

In this phase, grants of up to $100,000 for up to 18 months will be available for the 4-6 organizations (from Phase I) that will be willing to test and implement the findings from their possible solutions identified in the planning grant (Phase I). In this phase, the organizations must commit to collaborate with their partners and stakeholders to be selected.

This call for proposals is for Phase I of the two-phased approach defined above.

The Funder Collaborative will host a informational session on February 7 at 11 am EST. To register for the session, please click here. A confirmation and link to the webinar will be sent to you upon registration. In addition, in preparation for your Phase I applications, the Funder Collaborative will offer 15-minute ideation calls between February 3 and February 17, 2022. Please email to schedule your call.

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be:

  • A charitable or non-profit organization (or grassroots organization partnered with a registered charity) as defined by CRA

  • Located and work in the Greater Toronto Area

  • Experienced in implementing workforce development programs

  • Comfortable to engage with the Funder Collaborative’s Executive Director or consultants on a monthly basis to brainstorm and ideate together

For full application information, please refer to the Call for Proposals document. All applications are due on February 28, 2022.

Key Application Dates

  • Call for Proposal Release

    January 24, 2022

  • Ideation Calls

    February 3 - 17, 2022

  • Informational Webinar

    February 7, 2022 at 11 am EST

  • Application Deadline

    February 28, 2022

  • Application Review

    March 1 - 31, 2022

  • Decision Notification

    March 31, 2022

  • Phase I: Planning Grant Implementation

    April 1 - October 15, 2022

  • Planning Grant Report Due

    October 20, 2022

Key Application Dates


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