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Carthy Foundation

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Carthy Foundation 



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 promoting successful transitions into the workforce for youth.  The focus includes youth who are currently in school or have left the school system.  Priority will be given to targeted initiatives for youth facing multiple barriers or taking non-traditional paths to employment. 
Market-based instruments (MBIs).  Initiatives that explore, test, and implement market-based instruments in urban, working (agricultural, forestry, industrial) and wild landscapes.   MBIs are innovative tools that can harness market forces to achieve environmental goals.  MBIs can be designed to target producers or consumers to achieve desired levels of environmental performance or to discourage unwanted negative environmental behaviours and practices.  
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.



































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. 


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