Funding & grants


Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation (AMDF) is a private non-denominational and non-political family foundation established in 2002 by Aubrey and Marla Dan.

We invite organizations working in the areas of community, healthcare and education to submit funding proposals. Inquiries and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, funding decisions are made throughout two funding cycles: January 1 - March 31 and May 1 - July 31.


#DesjardinsFoundation Prizes

The #DesjardinsFoundation prizes, organized by Desjardins Foundation, award financial assistance for projects with a direct impact on kindergarten, elementary and secondary school students.


Organizations will be eligible for the #DesjardinsFoundation prizes if they belong to one of the following categories:


Gainey Foundation

Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, the Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth.

The Gainey Foundation carefully examines all funding requests submitted by registered charitable organizations that offer environmental and/or arts education programs for youth.

Under the Income Tax Act, the Foundation may make grants only to “qualified donees”; for the most part this means federally registered charities.


Lehigh Hanson Cares program

Lehigh Hanson and our affiliated companies work diligently to fulfill our vision of Simple Actions Build Strong Communities by supporting initiatives in our local communities and focusing on Arts and Education, Environment, and Health & Well-being. The Lehigh Hanson Cares program was established to form a structured and cohesive platform to drive community engagement across our business lines, while also promoting and supporting employees who donate time and monies to non-profit, charitable organizations.


Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant

Since 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has been dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children at high-needs elementary schools.

The Foundation provides support to high-needs elementary schools primarily through two signature programs: the Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant and the Indigo Adopt a School program.

Staff members of high-needs Canadian elementary schools are invited to apply for our programs during the following application times:


Sun Life Making the Arts More Accessible™ program

Arts and culture make a tremendous contribution to our communities and our country. We're proud to help sustain and celebrate Canada's cultural institutions, which are among the world's finest. This is consistent with one of our foremost values – a commitment to excellence.

We also believe that the arts should be available for everyone to experience, regardless of means – a focus we formalized through our award-winning Making the Arts More Accessible™ program.

This program provides funding for:


ArtsNS - Mi'kmaq Arts Program

The Mi’kmaq Arts Program supports the development and continuation of Mi’kmaq art forms in the territory of Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). Arts Nova Scotia recognizes the specific needs and practices of the Mi’kmaq arts community and acknowledges a new funding program is required. 

Arts Nova Scotia aspires for all Nova Scotians to have opportunities to engage with the art forms that derive from Mi’kmaq language, world views, practices, and protocols.   


ArtsNS - Grants to Individuals

This program supports Nova Scotia’s professional, practicing artists in the creation and dissemination of their own work.  The program also supports professional artists by helping them to develop their practice and skills in all disciplines including fine crafts, literary, visual, media, and performing arts. 

Individual artists may submit one application per category per deadline.