Capacity-Building Grants for Family Support Networks

Capacity-Building Grants for Family Support Networks

Apply Now! Deadline for 2023-24 Grants is June 30th, 2023.

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 of adults with developmental disabilities 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.

Watch this video to learn more and hear from past grantees! 

2023-24 Grant Program is open 

Please see below for the Grant Guidelines and Application Form.

Partners for Planning offers a map of Family Support Networks in Ontario. Find a Family Support Network in your community here.

  • Guidelines and Application Form for 2023-24

    Guidelines for 2023-34 Grant Program (PDF / Word Doc)

    Application form for 2023-24 Grant Program (Word Doc)

    FAQ (PDF / Word Doc)

  • Join an Information Session  

    Virtual Information Sessions for Applicants

    We want to make it as easy as possible for you to apply.  New and returning applicants are encouraged to join an information session (via Zoom) offered on two dates.  Both sessions will cover the same content. Please note that these sessions will only be offered in English.  If you wish to speak to someone in French about the grant program, please contact

    May 30th, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.
    Join Zoom Meeting

    June 12th, 2023 @ 12:00 p.m.
    Join Zoom Meeting

  • Contact Us

    Have questions?  Need help with your application?  Contact us at

  • Grants Awarded in 2022-23 

    Capacity-Building Grants were awarded to support Family Support Networks from across Ontario for the 2022-23 grant program.  Funding helped to strengthen and re-invigorate FSNs that were impacted by the pandemic, establish new networks, and create new tools, resources, and opportunities for mentorship and skill-building.

    ABLE 2: Support for People with Disability Halton FASD
    Autism Home Base Hamilton FASD Support for Parents/Caregivers
    Bridging Connections – Crossing All Bridges Learning Centre Inclusion Action in Ontario Education Community
    Coalition des familles Francophone d’Ottawa  Jewish Disability Family Network
    Community Living Essex County – Ensemble Kingston & Area Family Network
    Community Living Glengarry Leeds & Grenville Family Network
    Connect-In Family Support Network Lifetime Circles
    Courage to Care Family Support Network Microboards Ontario
    Danforth Family Network Muskoka Family Network
    Disability Advocacy Network of Eastern Ontario Ontario Prader Willi Syndrome Association
    Durham Association for Family Resources and Support Prince Edward Family Engagement Network
    Everyday Families Reseau francophones de Conseils de familles Ontario 
    Facile Independent Facilitation Perth Sama Sama Circle
    Families Matters Cooperative Sawubona Afrocentric Circle of Support
    Family Alliance Ontario Scarborough Residential Alternatives
    Family Connections Cheer Group Silver Linings Family Circle
    Family Network Thames Valley The Right Madittude
    Family Support Network Newmarket/Aurora Waterloo Wellington Down Syndrome Society
    Family Voice of Lanark County
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