Application Deadline: February 19th, 2018


  • February 19 – Application deadline
  • April – Applicants receive money.

Groundswell raises funds through donations from generous individuals and groups. This means the amount of money we receive and grant each year is unknown. We mainly provide grants to projects and organizations that are already established, with a smaller portion reserved for start-up projects or organizations.

Who gets funded?

  • Groups led by the communities they are organizing; specifically, people most directly affected by oppression.
  • Work that confronts the root causes of oppression, rather than just finding temporary solutions.
  • Work that actively confronts power imbalances and seeks to build community power.
  • Work that increases organizational infrastructure, allowing groups to do their work on a long-term basis.
  • Work that cannot get adequate funding from other sources.
  • Work taking place within Ontario, with some consideration for groups and projects based elsewhere.


Applications for legal defence costs are not eligible for funding. Organizations funded by a government agency will also not be funded. Projects housed by an organization getting government funding may be considered for a grant.

We know your time is valuable. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to see if their work clearly falls under Groundswell’s mandate before applying. 

Take a look at our Groundswell Sample Application.

Application Deadline: February 19th, 2018


Please follow the instructions below very carefully.   Groundswell has no paid staff to process applications so we rely on your help to make the process work.  If you do not follow the instructions carefully, it could result in your application not being considered.  Thank you!

NOTE: Applications submitted by email, and not using the form on our website, will not be accepted.

Before you apply, review the funding criteria on the other tab of this page.  Based on the donations we've received so far, this year's grants will range from $500 to $3000 dollars.

If you want more specific guidance filling out your application, click here to download a Groundswell Sample Application.

To submit a funding application to Groundswell, carefully complete the following steps:

  1. If you received money from Groundswell in 2017, click here and fill in the report form before applying again.
  2. Download the Groundswell Application 2018 and complete it.  Please pay attention to the word count limits for each question. Once you have completed the form, save it as a PDF. Make sure your file name includes the name of your project or organization and the word "application".  For example, “Housing Rights Now Application.pdf”
  3. Download the Groundswell Budget Form 2018 and fill in the relevant information. Note that the form has three sheets. Save it as .xls, and make sure your file name includes the name of your project or organization and the word "budget". For example, "Housing Rights Now Budget.xls" NOTE: This is the only part of the application you will submit by email.  Please email your completed budget to
  4. Once you have saved your application and budget files, fill in the form below and upload your documents. This is also the time for you to upload your supporting materials.  Please submit your application form, reference letters and supporting materials all at the same time.  Wait until you are ready with all your materials before you submit.
  5. Just to be absolutely sure that we get your application, please send an email to telling us you have submitted your application.

Thank you for applying to Groundswell!