A skateboarding class for kids in Calgary, a Chinese community event and Tai chi class in Toronto, gardening workshops and harvest celebrations in Vancouver and Ottawa, and Montreal parks cleanups and yoga classes. All of these great park events were supported through the TD Park People Grants in 2022.
In 2022, with the support of the TD Ready Commitment, TD Park People Grants brought renewed energy, joy and connection to communities across Canada. These $2,000 microgrants sparked 72 community park groups to host 220 events providing environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in local parks. 72% of the grants were delivered in equity-deserving communities, ensuring that the benefits of parks and green spaces are widely accessible.
Starting today, qualified organizations and community groups are invited to apply to receive a $2,000 TD Park People Grant to host three events that connect communities to their local parks and green spaces.
The deadline to apply is February 20, 2023. All three park events will take place from April 22 and December 31, 2023, in parks in cities: Greater Toronto Area, Montreal, Metro Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Halifax, National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau), Winnipeg, and Quebec City.
Carolyn Scotchmer, Executive Director of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, shared:
“We’re thrilled to launch TD Park People Grants for the sixth year because we know these grants enhance community groups’ capacity to connect people to each other and to the rest of nature, right in their own communities.”
TD Park People Grants are available to almost any community event in a publicly accessible green space – whether it’s a city park, social housing property, or schoolyard. Want to host a climate change workshop? A nature walk? Promote Indigenous stewardship? Your environmental education, sustainability or stewardship event can be as unique as your community.
“We particularly encourage groups representing Canada’s diverse urban communities or neighbourhoods to apply!” says Dave Harvey, Park People’s co-Executive Director.
Grassroots community groups and small community-based organizations are eligible to apply and are not required to have a trustee or have charitable status to receive the grant.
The application process is simple, and we’ve developed several resources to help groups host engaging community events. We will also host a webinar on January 25 to answer any questions about the grants and application process. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive the webinar updates.
We can’t wait to see what this year’s TD Park People Grant recipients have in store for their communities! Apply now.