Frequently Asked Questions


What types of request are not funded?

The Counselling Foundation of Canada does not support the following types of requests:

  • Proposals from organizations that are not registered charitable organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Proposals from organizations that are not recognized as Qualified Donees under the Income Tax Act of Canada
  • Capital campaigns and capital expenditures
  • General fundraising requests and campaigns
  • General administration or operating costs
  • Emergency funds or deficit financing
  • Endowments, awards, fellowships, internships, sabbaticals, scholarships, or bursaries
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grants to non-Canadian Charities
  • Disaster relief


How many times per year do you make grants?

The Board of Directors generally meets four times per year to consider Grant Application requests. Please click here for more information about our Granting Process.


How many grant requests to The Counselling Foundation of Canada are successful?

About 20% of the Letters of Intent we receive lead to a full Grant Application. About half of the Grant Application requests reviewed by the Board of Directors are awarded funding.


How are Letter of Intent decisions made?

Staff members at The Counselling Foundation of Canada are responsible for reviewing Letters of Intent and inviting formal Grant Applications to be considered by the Board of Directors. A number of factors are taken into consideration in this process including:

  1. Does the project fit within the Foundation’s mission/goals/priorities?
  2. Does the project meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements?
  3. Is this project innovative?
  4. Does the project design make sense?
  5. Does the organization have all that is needed to undertake this project?
  6. Is the project budget sensible?


How are Grant Application decisions made?

Staff members at The Counselling Foundation of Canada are responsible for submitting Grant Applications to the Board of Directors. Decisions on the awarding of grants are made by the Directors of the Foundation. Directors consider a number of factors when reviewing proposals and reaching their decisions including:

  1. The innovative nature of the program request.
  2. The ability to replicate the program in other settings.
  3. The ability of the organization to sustain the program at the end of the granting period.
  4. Other contextual influences.

Being asked to submit a formal proposal or provide additional information does not guarantee approval by the Board of Directors or signify preferred status for an application. The Foundation’s resources are limited so we cannot say yes to everything even within our mandate/goals/priorities.

Please note that decisions made by the Board of Directors are considered final and not subject to appeal. Also, it remains the Foundation’s prerogative to cancel funding based upon an unsatisfactory project review.


What is your typical grant amount?

It depends on the needs of your project. Look at our recent Activities Reports for examples of the types of projects we have funded and grant amount.


Do you accept multi-year grant requests?

We will consider grant requests for up to three years. Exceptions have been made a few times for projects up to five years. All multi-year projects are subject to annual review and reporting.


What do you look for in a grant request?

Five core questions come to mind when potential projects are considered:

  1. Is this project necessary? Applicants should demonstrate that a need for this type of intervention is required and that it is not duplicating an existing project/program.
  2. How effective can this project be? Grant seekers must outline how the activities they propose to undertake will help address the problem(s) they identified.
  3. Does the project budget make sense? The efficiency of a project is crucial. As a consequence, the project budget must show that your initiative will use funds in a manner that will have the greatest impact.
  4. How likely is this project to live on after funding from our foundation ends? The Foundation seeks projects that are likely to continue without its ongoing support. Potential sustainability is a key consideration of the initiatives that we fund.
  5. How can we get the most out of this project? We are committed to ensuring that innovative ideas are shared as widely as possible. Your project proposal should mention how you plan to disseminate any materials that were produced as a result of your project that could help others (manuals, training guides, written material…). We are also interested in replicating the projects we fund. As such, consider including an activity in your initiative that will lead to a Project Template. This would allow others to replicate your innovative project.


Can I discuss my organization’s project idea with someone at The Counselling Foundation of Canada before deciding if we want to begin the grant request process?

Certainly. Please contact Diana Castano (416-923-8953 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and she will forward your request to the appropriate person.


Does the Foundation offer support to assist grant seekers to develop their Letter of Intent and/or Grant Application?

Please feel free to contact Ben Liadsky (416-923-8953 ext. 121 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to discuss your Letter of Intent and/or Grant Application. He can provide direction about the key elements that should be included in your project design as well as feedback about draft materials.


How soon will I find out about Letter of Intent and Grant Application decisions?

Decisions about a Letter of Intent are usually communicated within 30 days of submission. News about Grant Applications is provided within 72 hours of the Meeting of the Board of Directors.


What are the Foundation’s reporting requirements?

The Foundation is very interested in capturing learnings from the projects it supports. This includes gathering lessons learned (obstacles that you encountered and the solutions you developed) and project impacts. Grantees are expected to submit Progress Reports (for multi-year grants) and/or Final Reports (for single year and multi-year grants). We provide templates of the respective grant reports (Progress Report, Final Report for Single Year Grant, and Final Report for a Multi-Year Grant). Sample grant reports are also available to provide direction about the type of content we expect to receive in these documents.


Does the Foundation offer support to assist grantees to meet its grant reporting expectations?

We provide assistance in two ways:

  1. Grantees are contacted several weeks before their report is due to be submitted. This serves to remind them about the upcoming deadline and provides an opportunity to discuss reporting expectations.
  2. Ben Liadsky is available to provide direction about how to complete the respective grant reports and can offer feedback about draft materials before they are submitted officially. Please contact him at 416-923-8953 ext. 121 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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