Carthy Foundation supports Canadian registered charities or other qualified donees as identified by the Canada Revenue Agency.  Only initiatives that align with our granting approach, and fall within one of our four funding areas are eligible for funding. 


Funding Approach

The Foundation gives priority to initiatives that:

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the issue and the broader context, and have a strong case for support.

Are strategic in their approach, aiming to address the complexity of the issue and to have impact beyond immediate delivery.

Have national or broad regional implications, or have the potential for broad regional or nation-wide replication.  Where an initiative is regional in scope, preference is given to Western provinces.

Are led by organizations that are:

    • well-managed, effective and leaders in their field
    • results oriented and committed to examining outcomes
    • willing to freely share knowledge and resources among stakeholders
    • dedicated to advancing policy and practice

Funding Areas

Carthy Foundation has four funding areas:

Adolescent Emotional Health and Wellness.  Initiatives that have a primary focus on promoting optimal social, emotional and mental health and wellness among adolescents and young adults.  They will aim to build on the strengths of young people in order to develop and nurture the life skills and competencies they need to thrive.  Priority will be given to universal initiatives that work within the framework of the public education system, and that aim to embed emotional health and wellness in school policy and practice.
Transitions to Employment for Youth and Young Adults.  Initiatives will have a primary focus on connecting the supply and demand side of youth employment, with supply representing youth and youth-serving agencies, and demand representing employers.  These will demonstrate an integrated approach with employers involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of initiatives.   Priority will be given to initiatives in the Calgary region, and that focus on youth not currently in employment, education, or training.
Urban Environmental Sustainability.  Initiatives that advance innovative policy and practice to enhance ecological systems in cities.   Urban environmental sustainability incorporates issues such as smart growth and urban planning, urban ecological design, energy efficiency, water conservation, habitat and connectivity, green infrastructure, natural capital practices, and urban pricing reforms.  Priority will be given to initiatives that apply an ecosystems approach; seek collaborations with local governments, nonprofits, academia, and the private sector; address the gap between policy and implementation; and strive for broad-scale application.
Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture.  Initiatives that advance regenerative agricultural practices and supportive public policies to improve environmentally sustainable agriculture. Priority will be given to rural, land-based agricultural initiatives in the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and Canada’s North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) that are solutions-oriented; aim to advance research, knowledge transfer, implementation and communication of regenerative practices; seek cross-sector collaborations including working directly with producers; and have impact beyond the immediate delivery site.

Granting Term

The Foundation typically provides grants only for term-specific initiatives, with a maximum granting period of 5 years. 

Types of Initiatives Funded

  1. Feasibility and project design grants:  These support the applicant to further explore a project idea, seek input from stakeholders, develop key partnerships, identify risk and assumptions, determine anticipated outcomes and develop a full project implementation plan.
  2. Pilot and demonstration projects:  These support the initial testing of new approaches to assess interest, suitability, and potential impact.
  3. Scaling out of proven approaches to new jurisdictions or fields of practice.
  4. Applied research that advances policy and practice in our funding areas.

  What We Do Not Fund

The Foundation does not support the following:

  • General fundraising campaigns
  • Ongoing program delivery
  • Small-scale projects with limited scope
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Environmental education programs
  • Capital campaigns
  • Conferences
  • Legal challenges
  • Film and media development
  • Endowments and Chairs
  • Graduate research, bursaries, or scholarships
  • Projects delivered outside of Canada
  • Individuals

Note:  Carthy Foundation may, from time to time, make trustee-directed donations that fall outside our regular guidelines.  These are proactive in nature, and the Foundation does not consider unsolicited proposals to our Board Directors.

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