Since 1957, GSC’s mission has been deeply rooted in social responsibility and charitable giving and, with our Community Giving Program (CGP), we’ve been doing just that. The CGP provides critical funding that community-based not-for-profit organizations need to achieve significant, concrete results. Our objective is to provide funding annually for projects that focus on improving access to health care for uninsured and underinsured populations in Canada (the homeless, the working poor, those on social assistance).


The GSC Community Giving Program is now closed for 2016.

Here are some key dates to take note of:

February 10th, 2016: Application portal closes

February - May, 2016: Community Giving Program Working Group reviews all of the grant applications

May 2016: Community Giving Program Working Group provides their funding recommendations to Green Shield Canada Board of Directors

June 2016: Green Shield Canada Board of Directors signs off on funding recommendations

Mid June 2016: Applicants/Grantees are notified of granting decisions, and funds are awarded

GSC Frontline Care

Through the CGP, GSC 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, 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.

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

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible and considered 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

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

Frequently Asked Question

What is the application deadline for the 2016 Community Giving Program?

The CGP will start accepting applications on January 6, 2016 until 5pm on February 10, 2016.

Who are some of the previous grant recipients?

Congratulations to the 2015 Community Giving Program grant recipients!

Calgary Health Trust

LOFT Community Services

Scarborough Women's Centre (SWC)

Canadian Centre For Women's Education and Development

Maryvale Children's Mental Health Centre

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Cerebral Palsy Association of BC

Médecins du Monde Canada

Spectra Community Support Services

Community Care Foundation

National Service Dogs

Touchstone Family Association

Cornerstone/Le Pilier Housing for Women

Pine River Foundation

University of Victoria

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

Providing Alternatives Counselling & Education (PACE) Society

Vita Manor (dba Vita Centre)

Education Foundation of Niagara

Quest Community Health Centre (CHC)

Windsor Residence for Young Men


Richmond Family Place Society

Windsor-Essex Children's Aid Foundation

Fondation Le Grand Chemin

Rotary Club of Hamilton

YMCA of Greater Moncton

Heritage Skills Development Center

Sunshine Fund C/O Creative Vision Cares

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU)

Inn from the Cold

Sanguen Health Centre

YWCA Moncton

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society (LMNHS)




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 apply for a grant from the GSC Foundation?

For a list of giving guidelines for the GSC Foundation, please click here.

I have materials I want to submit along with my request for funding. How do I send them?

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:

How much time will a grant seeker spend filling out the application?

We estimate that a grant seeker will spend anywhere from one to three hours completing the CGP application form.

Please contact communitygiving@greenshield.ca  for more information.