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Community, Youth & Cultural Funding

The Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program allocates funding every year to various non-profit organizations in the social service, youth and cultural sectors, as well as to individual artists undertaking projects in the community. Community, Youth & Cultural Funding Program grants are an investment in our community and provide municipal investment that is critical to these organizations' ability to leverage thousands of dollars from Provincial, Federal and other sources. 

The Funding Program has three components: Sustaining Grants, Operating Grants and Project Grants. A detailed grant application process is in place and each application is evaluated based on a criteria rating system. The program has one annual intake of applications, usually in the summer, for funds for the following calendar year.

2018 Funding program

Applications for 2017 funding is now closed. 2018 Sustaining and Operating Funding applications will be posted online in late April or early May. 

Please note that project grant applications will now have two intake periods in 2018. Check back for updated deadlines. 

Operating & Sustaining Grant Guidelines & Criteria    Adobe PDF,12 pages, 1.8 MB
Project Grant Guidelines & Criteria   Adobe PDF, 12 pages, 474 KB

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grant review team

The funding program has a Grant Review Team comprised of City staff and citizen members. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a member, please contact one of the staff listed below. 


Please be sure to contact the relevant Funding Program contact prior to beginning your application. 

Community funding program contact: E-mail: or

Cultural funding program contact:  E-mail:

Youth funding program contact: E-mail:

A description of the grant categories can be found in the Guidelines & Criteria.

Sustaining Grant (Up to a 5-year term)

Sustaining Grants are operational in nature and can be anticipated to be renewed from year to year as long as an organization continues to meet the established criteria. The City of Thunder Bay has deemed these organizations to be an integral part of the city's identity. These organizations fill a void in service provision in the city, positively affect the quality of life of the residents of the city and/or generate an economic benefit for the city. City Council determines which organizations fit into the sustaining grant category with input from Administration. Organizations determined to fit into this category must complete a full application every new funding term (5 year maximum). Forms will be provided to those organizations that City Council has placed in this category.

Operating Grants (1 to 3-year Term)

This program is intended for organizations that have an ongoing presence in Thunder Bay and a track record of providing quality programming or services. It is designed to support a range of community, youth, and cultural organizations. Applicants in this category must submit a complete application for each new funding term (every 1 to 3 years).

Project Grants (1-year term)

Project grants are one-time, short-term funding awarded to non-profit community, youth and cultural organizations and individual artists. These grants are meant to be part of the financial support of a project but not the sole support.  Projects must meet the established criteria. Organizations and individual artists use the same project grant application form.