Community Giving. It’s what we do.

And with our Community Giving Program…we’ve been doing just that. It 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:

  • Address an under-serviced or under-funded subject, geographic region or demographic
  • Outline clear, measurable outcomes with demonstrable results
  • Include a strategy to address projects’ longer term sustainability

We’re all about giving back to the communities where we live and work.

The Green Shield Canada (GSC) Community Giving Program supports the health and wellness of Canadian communities. We contribute funds to support work in the areas of Health and Wellness, Health Education/Promotion and Social Services. We give priority to programs that enable access to health and social services for the most vulnerable members of our community. GSC is focused on finding a meaningful way to make a difference, and we know that with our donations of approximately $2.5 million in 2014 to these valuable organizations, that’s a lot of good we’ll be able to do.

For a complete list of 2014 recipients click here.

2014 - Transition Year

For the upcoming year, GSC will continue to award funding to the current categories of Health and Wellness, Health Education/Promotion and Social Services. However, for 2015 in order to maintain focus and achieve greater impact of our Corporate Giving we will be amending our funding priorities and focus areas.

Please check back in June 2014 for more information.

The GSC Community Giving Program is now closed for 2014

Here are some key dates to take note of:

  • March 14, 2014: Application portal closes
  • March - April, 2014: Community Giving Program Working Group reviews all of the grant applications
  • May 2014: Community Giving Program Working Group provides their funding recommendations to Green Shield Canada Board of Directors
  • End of May 2014: Green Shield Canada Board of Directors signs off on funding recommendations
  • Beginning of June 2014: Applicants/Grantees are notified of granting decisions, and funds are awarded

 Please contact for more information

Community Giving Program Guidelines

In keeping with our objectives to enhance the common good, we welcome applications for funding of programs or projects which further our objective of enabling access to health and social support services for the most vulnerable in our communities. Here’s a look at the criteria that we consider when evaluating a Community Giving Program funding request:

Eligibility and evaluation criteria

To be eligible and considered for a charitable contribution from GSC’s Community Giving Program, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Funding recipient must be a Canadian not-for-profit organization or a Canadian charitable organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Be operating in Canada
  • Have a record of achievement or potential for success in line with our overall goals
  • Address a community need and provide direct impact to an underserved or underfunded community or group
  • Include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
  • Include a strategy to address long term sustainability of the project or initiative
  • Provide audited financial statements for the organization and/or demonstrate sound financial practices and a sustainable funding model
  • Provide audited financial statements for the organization and/or current balance sheet, income statement and/or a cash flow statement
  • Be applying for programs and services that fall within our defined areas of focus and priority population groups (scroll down for details)


Areas of focus and priority population groups

Fundamental to our uniqueness is our philosophy of striving to make health care accessible to all Canadians.  As a result, our Community Giving Program welcomes applications for funding in the following focus areas:

  • Health and Wellness
  • Health Education and Promotion
  • Social Services

The Community Giving Program also focuses on supporting the following priority population groups:

  • Families
  • Youth
  • Aging Population
  • Socially or geographically disadvantaged populations

Restrictions for applicant organizations

Although there is significant need in numerous important areas, we do not provide charitable contributions to the following types of requests or organizations:

  • Individuals
  • Athletics, including individual sports teams and all-star teams
  • Capital campaigns or endowments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Third party fundraising or advocacy initiatives
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, creed, gender, age or national origin
  • Political activities and organizations
  • Religious or sectarian organizations, except for community services offered on a non-denominal basis
  • Hospital capital items, capital campaigns or buildings; however, we may fund an outreach program/project/initiative
  • Research


Thinking of submitting an application?

Please consider the following:  

  • In keeping with our mission, we appreciate applications that demonstrate innovations that improve access to better health
  • The CGP supports grassroots organizations
  • The CGP funds programs/services/projects
  • The CGP will accept only one application per organization so please submit the application which you feel will  best meet our CGP criteria
  • The CGP does not fund large capital costs, capital campaigns or capital expenditures
  • The CGP provides grants up to a maximum of $50,000
  • The CGP does not provide multi-year funding; you may submit your request but be advised you would be required to submit additional requests for subsequent year funding