Capacity-Building Grants for Family Support Networks 

2024-2025 Call for Applications Is Now Closed 

The Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO) provides grants to Family Support Networks (FSNs) in Ontario – peer-based groups for family members and other unpaid caregivers who are supporting adults living with developmental disabilities. This program is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). 

The grant program aims to make it easier for families and caregivers to find peer support in their community, share information, and build connections for their own wellbeing and the people for whom they provide care.  These capacity-building grants are intended to support, strengthen, and expand Family Support Networks across the province. 

Questions about the grant process? Ask by email.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on OCO activities, including the next call for grant applications. 

Information About the Application Process

  • Who can Apply?

    Are you a member of a family support network (FSN)? 

    Are you a member of an organization that supports one or more FSNs? 

    Are you a member of an informal family or caregiver group that supports people with developmental disabilities? 

    This annual grant program is for new and established Ontario FSNs. These networks are made up of family members or unpaid caregivers who support adults with intellectual disabilities. Organizations that support family led FSNs can also apply. Grants are only available to FSN as a group within the community. These grants are not intended to provide direct support to families or individuals. 

    See the Guidelines and Application Form for more information on eligibility. 

  • Types of Funding and Grant Amounts

    Applicants can apply for one of three types of funding: 

    • New and emerging FSNs ($1,000 to $4,500): to support the creation of new FSNs and build the capacity of less established FSNs. 
    • Growth and support of existing FSNs ($1,000 to $4,500): to strengthen the capacity of FSNs already established, but which need funding to maintain, strengthen and develop. 
    • Impact and Collaboration Grants ($2,500 to $10,000): to support collaborative initiatives that will have a greater impact and benefit families and caregivers of adults within more than one FSN or that will affect several communities in the province. 
  • Grants Awarded in 2023-24

    Capacity-Building Grants were awarded to support Family Support Networks from across Ontario for the 2023-24 grant program.  

    Funding helped to strengthen and reinvigorate FSNs that were impacted by the pandemic, establish new networks, and create new tools, resources, and opportunities for mentorship and skill-building. 


    Autism Home Base Durham 

    Coalition Des Familles  

    Francophones D’Ottawa 

    Connected Families (Community Living Burlington) 

    Connect-In FSN 

    Courage Culture Club 

    Danforth Family Network 

    Disability Family Advocacy Network 

    Down Syndrome Association of Peterborough 

    Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County 

    Durham Down Syndrome Association 

    Ensemble (Community Living Essex) 

    Everyday Families (Miles Nadal  

    Jewish Community Centre) 

    Families as Partners (Community Living Ajax Pickering) 

    Families Matter Cooperative 

    Family Alliance Ontario 

    Family Connections Cheer Group 

    Family Support Network  


    Family Support Network supported by Community Living York South 

    Family Voice of Lanark County 

    Guelph Wellington Family Network (Community Living Guelph Wellington) 

    Halton FASD Support for Parents & Caregivers 

    Hamilton FASD Parent & Caregiver Support Group 

    Kingston & Area Family Network 

    Leeds and Grenville Family Network 

    Microboards Ontario 

    Moeen Centre 

    New Paths Brant 

    Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association 

    P.A.D.D. Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities 

    Perth County Family Network (Facile Perth) 

    Prisms Options Program 

    Réseau francophone des Conseils de familles Ontario 

    Sawubona Africentric Circle of Support 

    Scarborough Residential Alternatives 

    Temiskaming & Area Family Network 

    Stormont Dundas Glengarry (SDG) Caregivers Network 

    Temiskaming & Area Family Network 

    Thames Valley Family Network 

    TRM: The Right Attitude 

    Thunder Bay Family Network 

    Waterloo Region Family Network 

    Waterloo Wellington Down Syndrome Association  

    York South Family Support Network 


Related Videos

Watch useful videos on this topic.

Video Library

YouTube Thumbnail
4 min

Learn about Capacity-Building Grants for Family Support Networks dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disability.


Related Resources

Find useful resources on this topic.

Resource Library
Guidelines for 2024-25 Grant Program (Closed)  
  • 15 min
  • (246 KB)
2024-2025 Application Form (Closed)
  • Form
  • (290 KB)
  • 5 min
  • (171 KB)

Contact Us

Questions about the grant process? Send us an email. 


Contact Us

You might also find these pages useful.

Here are a list of suggested pages based off this topic.


Take our quiz to get helpful resources based directly on your needs.

Step 1 of 6

Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?