Maytree believes that when human rights are protected, individuals and communities experience less poverty and we create a society that is inclusive, equitable, and prosperous. We also believe that everyone can and should have a role in building and strengthening the communities where they live.

Who may apply?

We welcome proposals from registered charities and community-based, non-profit organizations that have an explicit mandate to reduce poverty and build strong civic communities.

What do we fund?

We seek proposals that work towards one or more of the following goals and outcomes:

  1. Develop and promote policy ideas that address systemic causes of poverty and safeguard social and economic rights in the Canadian context.
  2. Develop leadership and skills capacity among civil society and people with lived experience of poverty to participate in the development of processes, policies, and solutions to address poverty.
  3. Strengthen the connections among civic communities, people with lived experience, and institutions to address poverty and build a culture of rights.
  4. Support youth to realize their social and economic rights, particularly their right to housing, education, and work.

Maytree’s funding is focused on the Greater Toronto Area, but funding requests with potential for broader scope, impact, and learning from across Canada are welcome.

Applicant organizations should also support decent work conditions and promote human rights.

What do we not fund?

  • Support for an individual
  • General fundraising campaigns
  • Deficit-reduction
  • Equipment purchases
  • Building or renovation costs
  • Capital campaigns or endowments
  • Partisan political activities
  • Religious activities
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Programs and services which are part of the government’s mandate

How to apply

Please note there is no set deadline. Maytree is open to receiving letters of interest throughout the year.

Eligible organizations can download the letter of interest guidelines.

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact Maytree at to discuss their proposals in advance of applying.