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 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 care supports).

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.


The application process is currently closed until January 2017, but here’s a few key details about how it works.

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CGP Grant Details
  • CGP funds multi-year projects, ranging from one to four years, to 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
Application Timelines
  • February 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. ET: Application period closed
  • February - May, 2016: Community Giving Program Working Group reviews applications and makes recommendations for the Board of Directors
  • June 2016: Board of Directors makes final decision on grant recipients
  • Mid-June 2016: All applicant organizations are notified of funding decision
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 (see above 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
  • 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 in Canada.
  • 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 Foundation and GSC’s CGP operate 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 GSC’s CGP 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 Quebec:

Le Grand Chemin Centres—Family services
  • For the last 25 years, Le Grand Chemin Centres have provided free family services to Quebec adolescents 12 to 17 years old with addiction issues related to drugs, alcohol, and problem gambling. Most of the youth have the dual problem of addiction and mental health issues.
  • Youth receive eight to 10 weeks in residential treatment followed by 16 weeks of non-residential care. Family members also receive support via family meetings, telephone consultations, and workshops.
  • A navigator component ensures that youth receive ongoing support to continue their progress. GSC funding will enable additional training and new tools and strategies.

To learn more, contact, Facebook, or Twitter.

Médecins du Monde Canada (Doctors of the World Canada)—Mobile Clinic
  • Médecins du Monde is a medical humanitarian organization committed to helping those most vulnerable abroad and here in Canada.
  • Their Mobile Clinic—a medically equipped and staffed van—travels to reach people throughout Montreal. Patients receive wound care, vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, testing for sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne infections, as well as follow-up treatment.
  • As a navigator, the clinic refers patients for additional health and social services as needed and plays an important role in connecting marginalized patients and the Health and Social Services Network. GSC funding will allow the Mobile Clinic to expand its coverage.

To learn more, visit, Facebook, and Twitter.

Exeko—Lunettes pour tous (Eyeglasses for All)
  • Exeko is a not-for-profit organization that promotes inclusion of marginalized populations through innovative cultural and educational programs.
  • It offers the Lunettes pour tous program through participating libraries in Montreal’s shelters, day centres, and community-based clinics. The program allows people to check their eyes using self-diagnosis tests. They can then visit an optometrist regardless of insurance coverage and are also eligible to receive a pair of free glasses.
  • A project coordinator acts as a navigator making sure that people get the eye care they need. GSC funding will help the program establish new partnerships with eye care professionals and get more libraries involved.

For more information, please visit, Facebook, or Twitter.