Our mission is to assist children, youth and women to overcome poverty, abuse and neglect and gain an equal opportunity to safety, health and education. Our focus is supporting small to medium sized charities in Canada undertaking projects in Canada.
We provide one-time and multi-year grants to Canadian charitable organizations whose aims and programmes help us fulfill our mission.
We receive and evaluate project proposals from registered Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations each year, and provide grants in three tranches in winter, spring and fall to selected organizations.
The Board of Directors of the Traquair Family Foundation is comprised of the family of Brian and Janis Traquair. The directors are:
Ellen has experience in the insurance industry and has her MBA from DePaul University. Ellen is married to Robert Castro, and they live in Chicago. Ellen is president of the foundation.
Hugh is an internal medicine physician at Hamilton Health Services and is married to Celina Baines, an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Hugh is vice president of the foundation. They live in Toronto.
Janis is active in our Toronto neighbourhood and church community, and is secretary of the foundation. Janis and Brian live in Toronto.
Brian retired from a career in the software industry in 2016, and is now advising fintech start-ups. He is active in a number of charities and provides pro-bono consulting to the not-for-profit sector. Brian is treasurer of the foundation.
Established in 2009, the Traquair Family Foundation is committed to equity of opportunity for everyone. Our mandate is to support initiatives of Canadian charities that are aligned to our mission. We only provide grants for programs and activities in Canada.
The Traquair Family Foundation respects faiths of all kinds, but we do not make grants available to religious organizations or charities affiliated with religious organizations.
We have provided basic information here on our website. This includes background on our mandate as well as financial reports. If you would like to know more, please contact us via the form or via email.
In order to apply for a grant, please completed the grant application form.
Please submit a grant request by using the required Grant Application Form in the next section. Please complete the form and email it to us at email@example.com. We will confirm receipt and may reply with questions. Please be as specific as possible on the requested grant amount and the intended use of the funds.
We review grant proposals year-round. We make decisions and issue grant cheques in Winter, Spring and Fall of each year. We choose the initiatives most closely aligned to our mandate, and based on the relative impact to the applicant organization.
Our grants range generally between $1,000 and $10,000. We have both a one-time grant program, which is the default, and a three-year grant program for proposals of particular merit. It is our practice to generally rotate grant recipients after three years.
We ask to receive your normal annual report by email, as well as a letter describing the ways in which our funds were used and the impact they created.
If you wish to acknowledge the grant, please use "Traquair Family Foundation".
In order to apply for a grant from the Traquair Family Foundation, please download the Application Form below. It is a fillable PDF form and is required for any request. Please complete the form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to also provide a letter or proposal, please attach one or both to the email along with the application form.
We make grants at three times during the year - Winter, Spring and Fall.
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