Intact Foundation

The Intact Foundation is an integral part of our core value of being socially responsible. Since its inception in 2003, the Intact Foundation has donated over $37 million in charitable funding to more than 1,400 organizations nationally.

To ensure we continue to make an impact on some of the most pressing issues affecting Canada, the Intact Foundation focuses on three areas where our generosity can have a significant impact – adapting to a changing climate, addressing the root causes of child poverty and empowering employees to help their communities.

Adapting to Climate Change

Natural disasters caused by climate change – such as floods, wildfires, extreme heat, wind and hail – are real and immediate. These disasters cost people, businesses and governments billions of dollars every year, and they take a toll on Canadians’ mental and physical health.

Making communities more resilient is part of our purpose. Through the Intact Adaptation Action Grants, Intact is helping Canadians take preventative measures to protect themselves from natural disasters and build a more climate-resilient country.

Focus Areas:

In 2019, the Intact Foundation is investing $1 million in charities that are developing practical and effective solutions that help protect people and communities from floods, wildfires, extreme heat, wind and hail.

We will prioritize projects that:

  • use natural infrastructure as part of their solutions
  • aim to create practical and effective solutions
  • take a community engagement approach
  • help Canadians understand the climate risk(s) they are facing

Our funding structure recognizes that transformational change takes time and requires an investment in both new and existing ideas. Specifically, we are offering three kinds of grants:

  • Fostering ideas: Developing new ideas through research, peer support and/or skills development. (Term: 1-2 years)
  • Testing Concepts: Testing existing concepts to validate their impact and make necessary adjustments to create a viable solution. (Term: 2-3 years)
  • Scaling Projects: Scaling proven concepts to expand impact and reach. (Term: 2-3 years)

Funding Details

Funding allocations will be for a maximum of three years, with a total maximum grant of $400,000. Only one application per organization will be accepted.

Apply for a Grant

The Intact Adaptation Action Grants window is now open. To apply, click here.

For any inquiries, contact

Application Timelines

  • October 22 at 10:00 a.m. EDT: Application window opens
  • November 4 at 2:00 p.m. EDT: Information webinar (English). You can download the webinar recording and the presentation slides
  • November 30 at 11:59 p.m. EST: Application window closes
  • December 1 – January 31, 2020: Application review
  • February 3 – 14, 2020: Funding announcements

Application Restrictions

The Intact Foundation does not provide charitable contributions to the following types of requests:

  • Capital campaigns or physical infrastructure projects or endowments
  • A general fundraising campaign
  • Reduction of accumulated capital or operating deficits
  • Partisan political or strictly religious activities
  • Professional or amateur sports (individual or team)
  • Production of a film, video, or publication (can be part of a project or program)
  • An event, conference, workshop, or seminar
  • Third-party fundraising activities
  • Financial support to individuals
  • Scholarships or bursaries
  • Emergency needs
  • Currently funded organizations that have not submitted all required reports

Addressing Child Poverty

The Intact Foundation works with United Way agencies nationally to address the root causes of child poverty. We direct up to $1.5 million annually in employee matching to United Way programs that help improve early childhood development, and promote employability, skills building and networking opportunities for parents.

The Intact Foundation also funds UNICEF Canada’s One Youth Initiative, which aims to make Canada the best place in the world to grow up in by 2030. We committed $400,000 over four years to help create a data-driven framework to measure and track how we’re progressing towards our goal to create resilient communities where all children thrive.

Community Impact

Our employees live our values every day and work to help our customers and communities. The Intact Foundation amplifies their generosity by matching their charitable donations dollar-for-dollar and donating $20 for every hour volunteered, to a maximum of $1,000 per employee per year.