Fund Your Civic Engagement Project with a Microgrant
Be a catalyst for community connection! The Power of Us microgrant program provides up to $1,000 to resident-led groups, grassroots organizations, and informal collectives across the City of Toronto towards projects that help build social connections and increase civic participation. The funded initiatives seek to create opportunities to activate neighbourhoods, animate public spaces, or bridge connections between people to increase a sense of belonging in our communities and address the growing challenge of social isolation.
Toronto Foundation has partnered with Volunteer Toronto to coordinate this program.
Participation in groups and activities is down by approximately 30% versus before the pandemic.
Toronto ranks as among the loneliest places in the country. About 925,000 adults in Toronto (37%) felt lonely on at least three or four days in the last week in 2023—higher than the rest of the country (28%).
Between 2018 and 2022, the volunteer rate in Toronto fell from 37% to 25%. Considering the average volunteering levels, this equates to a loss of approximately 36 million volunteer hours or 20,000 full-time positions.
We believe increasing participation in group activities can curb the rising tide of social isolation and loneliness. Engaging in your community with others can increase your wellbeing, expand your social support network, and have a positive impact on society as a whole.
Possible Project Ideas
Tea party for newcomers
Neighbourhood block party
Skills sharing workshop
Neighbourhood walking tour or bike ride
Community sports tournament or demo (eg. karate in the park)
Public space beautification
This program is generously supported by the following organizations:
If you have questions about The Power of Us Microgrants, please contact:
Phylicia Davis-Wesseling, Community Relations Officer – email@example.com