The City of Thunder Bay offers several funding opportunities to qualified bodies, within specified criteria and guidelines.

Community, youth & cultural funding program

The Community, Youth & Cultural Funding program provides support to non-profit Community, Youth & Cultural organizations and individual artists in Thunder Bay. The program has three components: sustaining grants, operating grants and project grants.

2021 deadlines include:

Project Grants - Intake I: Friday, March 12. Intake II: Friday, October 8.

Operating & Sustaining Grants - Friday, June 25, 2021 (for 2022 funding)

Event development grant

The Event Development Grant supports not-for-profit groups with start-up and/or bidding costs associated with hosting inaugural or one-time events that are regional, provincial, national or international in scope.

Street event grant

The City's Street Event Grant assists not-for-profit organizations with paid duty policing costs to host sport tourism events and annual parades on City streets.

Not-for-profit organization discounts

Land-Related Financial Assistance Policy:

Community Partnership Policy: 

  • The Community Partnership Policy provides direction in the development of community partnerships for major capital projects between community groups and the City of Thunder Bay. Groups may fill out an application to the Fund for assistance in the form of cash or land contributions to assist with major capital projects with a toal cost exceeding $100,000. The maximum grant is 25% of the eligible capital cost of the project. Learn more about Community Partnership Grants.

Recreation subsidies

Financial assistance is available to help with the cost of participating in a recreation program. Learn more about PRO Kids and the Subsidization Policy.

Government of Ontario funding

Visit the Grants Ontario Portal for more funding opportunities at

Downtown & Core Area improvement grants

The Downtown & Core Area Improvement Grants are available for eligible construction or renovation projects in the North Core, South Core, and Westfort Business Area.

Airport development incentive program

The Airport Development Incentive Program offers refunds for Aerospace construction activity. This is to help with development on Thunder Bay International Airport lands.


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