The Weston Family Parks Challenge supports projects that enhance the natural elements in parks, engage a broad range of partners and the local community, offer new solutions to manage and maintain parks, and have the potential to be replicated in other jurisdictions.
The program is built around the following core elements:
- Nature focus – Enhances the natural elements of green spaces.
- Connection to community – Enables communities and organizations to come together to support their local park, encouraging stewardship at a personal and community level and revitalizing their relationship with nature.
- Sustainability – Contributes to high-quality maintenance and management of parks for the long term through community engagement, strong partnerships and diverse funding streams.
- Innovation – Generates new park solutions, designs and partnerships that can be replicated elsewhere in Toronto and Canada.
- The minimum grant amount is $25,000. No maximum grant amount has been set and the Weston Family Parks Challenge is open to supporting large projects.
- Only projects involving a publicly-accessible greenspace or open space within the City of Toronto are eligible.
- Applicants must be registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency or be partnered with a charity that is actively involved in the project.
The three-year challenge has transformed the way parks are understood, funded and operated in Toronto. The Weston Family Parks Challenge
has ended and applications are no longer being accepted.