The GSC Community Giving Program (CGP) goes the extra mile, supporting organizations and initiatives that provide frontline care for under-insured or uninsured Canadians.

How we do it: FRONTLINE CARE.

The Frontline Care Program provides financial and organizational development support to Canadian registered charitable, non-profit, and/or social enterprise charitable organizations that deliver frontline health care (i.e., dental, vision, prescription drugs, disease management, and/or mental health counselling.

The organizations or projects we fund must include the role of a “navigator” or "coach" – a person who connects individuals to other services that are appropriate for their situation. This could include: housing, education, jobs, food, clothing, etc.


Click here for the list of 2017 Community Giving Program grantees!

CGP Grant Details
  • CGP provides funding for projects that will run for up to two years, with a maximum of $250,000 per project
  • CGP accepts only one application per organization
  • CGP funds programs/services/projects that offer frontline health care
  • CGP funds programs that include a navigator to connect to other supports as required
Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a charitable contribution from GSC’s CGP, organizations must:

  • Be a Canadian not-for-profit organization or a Canadian charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Operate in Canada
  • Apply for programs and services that fall within our defined areas of focus and priority population groups. Click here for details.
  • Have a record of achievement of potential for success in line with our overall goals
  • Demonstrate sound financial practices and a sustainable funding model
  • Provide recent audited financial statements or statements prepared by an independent designated accountant
  • Provide planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
  • Provide a strategy to address long term sustainability of the project or initiative
Restrictions for Applicant Organizations

The CGP does not provide charitable contributions to the following types of requests:

  • Capital campaigns or physical infrastructure projects or endowments
  • A general fundraising campaign
  • Reduction of accumulated capital or operating deficits
  • Partisan political or strictly religious activities
  • Professional or amateur sports (individual or team)
  • Production of a film, video, or publication (can be part of a project or program)
  • An event, conference, workshop, or seminar
  • Third party fundraising activities
  • Financial support to individuals
  • Scholarships or bursaries
  • Emergency needs
  • Currently funded organizations that have not submitted all required reports
Who are some of the previous grant recipients?

Congratulations to the 2016 Community Giving Program grant recipients!

  • Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia
  • Community Counselling and Resource Centre (CCRC)
  • Dr. Borna Meisami Commemorative Foundation/ Project Restoring Smiles
  • Encompass Support Services Society
  • Essex County Dental Society
  • Halton Peel Dental Association (HPDA)
  • Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
  • Homeless Connect Toronto
  • Hope Place Centres
  • Horizons For Youth
  • Inn From the Cold Society
  • Jubilation Residential Centres Inc.
  • Maryvale
  • Mississauga Parent-Child Resource Centres
  • MukiBaum Accessibility Centre
  • Northern Alberta Home for Women Society (NAHWS)
  • Pine River Foundation
  • Project SHARE of Niagara Falls Inc.
  • Salvus Clinic
  • Sanguen Health Centre
  • Saskatoon Student Wellness Towards Community Health (SWITCH)
  • SPOT Clinique communautaire de santé et d'enseignement
  • Square One Older Adult Centre (SOOAC)
  • The Downtown Mission of Windsor
  • The Umbrella Multicultural Health Co-operative
  • United Way of St. Catharines & District
  • Veith House
  • Youth Without Shelter
  • YWCA of Yellowknife

Frequently asked questions on CGP grants

What are the key elements of a successful project?

A successful proposal demonstrates:

  • GSC funding priorities: We look for projects that fall within the CGP funding priorities of improving access to basic health care for uninsured and underinsured populations of youth and families of indigenous peoples in Canada: new immigrants and racialized populations, youth, seniors and individuals.
  • Organization strength: The organization needs to demonstrate a clear sense of mission and project goals and be in a good financial standing.
  • Clear rationale: The organization needs to have a clear goal for their project and explain how they will address it with funding from GSC.
  • Innovation: The organization should demonstrate that the proposed way of addressing the challenge is an innovative solution that will improve access to basic health care for the uninsured and the underinsured populations in Canada.
  • Sustainability: We encourage organizations to tell us how they will sustain the project (if appropriate) once GSC funding has finished.
  • Measurement and evaluation: As a condition of GSC’s CGP funding, organizations are required to provide a report on the progress and impact of their project.
  • Knowledge sharing and collaboration: We encourage applicants to share the knowledge that arises from their innovative work with other organizations and be open to collaboration.
How can I arrange to meet with someone to discuss an organization or project?

Since the GSC Community Giving Program operates with a small staff, it is difficult to meet with everyone who would like to talk to us about a project. In addition, it is more useful for us to discuss a project after we have been able to study both the application itself and the surrounding issues. It is for this reason that we ask grant applicants to submit a proposal using our online application form. The application is reviewed carefully by an evaluation committee and if more information is required, it will be requested. If the committee feels that a meeting would be helpful, it is arranged at that time.

What is the CGP evaluation process?

All the CGP funding requests are evaluated by the Community Giving Program Working Group (CGPWG) which is made up of six GSC board members and six GSC employees. Once the application portal closes, the CGPWG reviews all applications based on the CGP evaluation criteria. The CGPWG provides their funding recommendations to the GSC Board of Directors. When the Board of Directors signs off on funding recommendations all applicants/grantees are notified of granting decisions and funds are awarded.

How do I send you materials I want to submit along with my request for funding?

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to accept samples, prototypes, or other supplementary materials that accompany requests for funding.

My funding request does not fall under any of your programs. How do I submit it?

CGP does not make grants outside our funding priorities. We would like to make you aware of three websites that may aid your organization in the search for funding:

The Funding Portal  

Imagine Canada’s Grant Connect

Ajah’s FundTracker 


Want to get to know a bit more about who receives funding through the GSC Frontline Care program? We'll take you across Canada and put a spotlight on some of the great projects and organizations we're proud to support. For example, in Atlantic Canada:

Salvus Clinic Moncton – Navigator

Definitely not your ordinary clinic in Moncton, New Brunswick—in addition to providing primary health care to vulnerable people struggling with poverty, mental health, and addictions—the clinic also offers hope and support to those who feel there is nowhere left to turn. Not only does the clinic make it easy for vulnerable people to receive routine health assessments, immunizations, and blood work, but it also provides counselling, addiction management, health prevention services, referrals to specialists, and specialized seminars. With this emphasis on the whole person, the clinic recognizes that simple health problems can become unmanageable when people struggle to meet basic needs like food and shelter. Accordingly, in collaboration with community partners, the clinic established two buildings that provide housing and support for clients with any number of issues. To help the clinic become increasingly client-centred, funding from GSC made it possible for the clinic to hire a navigator. The navigator works alongside each client to ensure holistic care—or “wrap around” services—that insulate the client from falling through the cracks by helping them with their specific, and often complex, needs. To learn more, visit

Veith House – Registered Counselling Therapist

Often described as a neighbourhood hub, the house—which was previously an orphanage—provides services and opportunities to Halifax residents, bringing people together to build a healthier, more vibrant community. For instance, the house offers a preschool program, summer day camp, drop-in coffee hours, affordable drop-in yoga, opportunities to get involved in community gardening and food preparation, space for other non-profits, and trusteeship (which involves providing financial management and budgeting support for clients receiving income assistance). In addition, a community social worker acts as an advocate, navigator, and counsellor for clients struggling with mental health issues and people who need trusteeship. Recently, the house collaborated with community partners to launch a social enterprise that recruits, employs, trains, and supervises youth to provide services like snow removal and leaf raking for older Halifax citizens. This enterprise has gained support from other community members who want to improve their neighbourhood and help local youth. Thanks to GSC funding, the house will be able to hire a new staff member who will expand the services for preventing and managing mental health issues. GSC funding provides clients with paid access to registered counselling therapists, to help via one-on-one intensive therapy; a service their clients would otherwise have little to no access to. For more information, visit