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TD Ready Challenge

Grants to USA and Canada Charities and Nonprofits
for Projects to Address Inequities Worsened by COVID-19

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Deadline Date:

08/26/21 4:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants to USA and Canada charitable and nonprofit organizations for projects that address inequities that have been worsened by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Preference will be given to organizations with a wider geographic reach and with scalable programs. Applications must also address one or more of the four Funding Source focus areas.

The 2021 TD Ready Challenge seeks to provide financial support to organizations that have designed innovative, scalable and/or replicable solutions to help address the predicted pandemic-caused learning loss in math and reading faced by disproportionately impacted students in grades K-12 in communities across North America.

Solutions must address at least one of the four drivers of change of the TD Ready Commitment: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190857

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $375,000 CAD up to $1 million CAD for Canadian organizations or $325,000 USD to $1 million USD for US organizations.

Term of Contract:

If your organization is selected to receive a 2021 TD Ready Challenge grant, the grant funds must be put to use no later than three years from the award date of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following are eligible to apply:
- Canadian registered or incorporated charities and not-for-profits
- U.S. charitable, non-profit organizations as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code

TD will not fund grant applications for initiatives that are not innovative in nature, meaning they do not enable new approaches. For example, initiatives that purchase educational materials or school equipment or whose purpose is to write research papers are not eligible.

TD will not fund grant applications for initiatives that are solely focused on technology supplies such as laptops, modems and other computer or computer-related devices, nor will TD fund grant applications for internet access improvement plans including increasing internet speed and/or internet networks.

The following are not eligible to apply:
- Elementary and secondary schools
- CEGEPs (Quebec)
- Religious organizations (i.e., organizations whose primary purpose is religious practice or worship). However, faith-based organizations that provide programs and services for broader community benefit, may be considered.
- Pageants
- Sports teams and sporting events
- Individuals or individual pursuits/fundraising initiatives
- Recreational groups (lodges, fraternal clubs, self-improvement organizations, etc.)
- Conferences, trade shows, fairs
- Production of videos, DVD’s and television shows
- TD Employees
- Recipients of 2019 or 2020 TD Ready Challenge grant

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Challenge Structure and Calendar:
- September-October 2021: An internal TD North American Judging Panel will review applications and select applications to move into final round of reviews.
- November 2021: TD Ready Challenge finalists to be notified and next steps will be shared.
- December 2021: A TD North American Executive Judging panel and subject matter experts will assess applications that move into final round of review and determine the selected recipients.
- Mid-December 2021: 2021 TD Ready Challenge successful recipients will be selected and notified.

A North American Executive judging panel will consist of TD executives and external subject-matter experts who will evaluate final applications and select successful recipients for the 2021 TD Ready Challenge.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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