The 2022 TD Ready Challenge

The TD Ready Challenge is our annual North American initiative, which has ten (10) $1 million grants available to organizations developing innovative, impactful and measurable solutions for a changing world. This signature program created by TD is a key component to delivering on the bank’s corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment.


In its fifth year, eligible non-profits and community organizations can apply for grants of CAD$1 million for Canadian-based organizations and USD$1 million for US-based organizations.

The application period is now closed. To check out the fifteen 2021 TD Ready Challenge grant recipients click on the "Recipients" tab to explore more.

Each year, the TD Ready Challenge invites eligible organizations to submit applications that offer solutions for a problem statement that is connected to one of the four drivers of change of the TD Ready CommitmentFinancial SecurityVibrant PlanetConnected Communities and Better Health. The 2022 TD Ready Challenge is focused on supporting solutions designed to help people and communities who may be disproportionately affected by climate change, to prepare for, adapt to and help mitigate the potential impacts of climate change and/or to work towards a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Background

Over the last several decades, greenhouse gas emissions have increased and climate change has captured global attention. Climate change and climate related risks are widely impacting our society with some communities being affected more than others1. Both the private and public sectors are taking steps toward decarbonizing the global economy and mitigating the effects of climate change. A healthy environment is one of the foundations to feeling confident about the future. That's why we are working to help support communities with their goals of protecting and improving the environment to enable people and economies to thrive.

As this work to mitigate the effects of climate change and move towards an equitable transition to a low-carbon economy proceeds, many people and communities may be affected in different and inequitable ways. From experiencing harsher natural disasters1, to increased risk of workers in carbon-intensive sectors being displaced2, to marginalized communities facing climate change without adequate resources3, to disproportionate impacts to health, the impacts of climate change are vast, varied, and far-reaching.

While climate change will affect the global population, it is having and will most likely continue to have a disproportional effect on certain populations including:

  • Racialized and Indigenous communities4
  • Seniors, youth and children4
  • Newcomers5
  • Low-income communities4
  • People with pre-existing health conditions and/or disabilities4,6,7
  • Communities that have traditionally been economically dependent on carbon intensive industries2

Problem Statement

The 2022 TD Ready Challenge is focused on supporting solutions designed to help people and communities who may be disproportionately affected by climate change, to prepare for, adapt to and help mitigate the potential impacts of climate change and/or to work towards a transition to a low-carbon economy.


The 2022 Challenge

How can organizations address the Problem Statement?

The 2022 TD Ready Challenge seeks to provide financial support to organizations that have designed innovative, scalable and/or replicable solutions focused on addressing the 2022 Problem Statement.

Such solutions could be focused on, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  • Providing support to address specific needs of those communities and/or people who will most likely be disproportionately impacted by climate change (e.g. physical and/or mental health support programs, programs that support flood prone communities) to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • Providing support to communities and/or workers affected by closures of carbon intensive industries or sectors, or are seeking to transition to the low-carbon economy (e.g. training and upskilling people from disproportionately impacted communities for low-carbon industries).
  • Supporting the development of cleantech entrepreneurs, businesses and companies that are focused on the development of low-carbon power generation and/or efficient energy solutions.
  • Innovation in sustainable land use to help support the decarbonization of working landscapes.
  • Large scale green infrastructure solutions that are focused on improvements such as :
    • decreasing the effect of urban heat islands, such as removal of pavement and replacement with alternative ground cover.
    • improving existing infrastructure's ability to capture stormwater flow and reduce flash floods.

The Grants

For 2022, there are a maximum of ten (10) grants available under the TD Ready Challenge for Canada and the US together. Eligible Canadian-based organizations are able to apply for CDN$1 million and eligible US-based organizations are able to apply for USD$1 million.


We will have a clear preference for programs:

  1. That support communities and people disproportionately impacted by climate change.

  2. Have wide demographic or geographical reach in areas where TD operates. This includes all of Canada, US states within TD's Retail footprint (map and listing found here), and the Metro Detroit area (Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties).

  3. Which will use the grant to scale and / or replicate solutions to additional communities or populations (or pilot projects with material evidence of viable success and scalability).

  1. Have a clear evaluation and measurement process to track impact.

  2. Where the organization has not received any funds or Grants from TD of CDN $250,000 or more or USD $250,000 or more during the period starting on August 31, 2021 through to and including August 31, 2022.

Additional considerations include:

  1. We will not fund Grant applications that focus on:

  2. Building retrofits and/or capital projects that do not have a community building aspect (e.g. training)

  3. Marketing and/or awareness programs/campaigns

  4. Projects solely focused on tree planting and/or beautification

  5. Research papers

  6. Disaster relief efforts for situations and/or damages that have already happened

  1. As part of the application process, TD requires an understanding of the financial status of your organization. If your organization's audited statement(s) reflect(s) a recent deficit, please explain the reason for this deficit in your application. Please note that a deficit will not impact your eligibility for a TD Ready Challenge Grant.


Eligibility Criteria

Programs presented in applications must deal directly with people and provide benefits to people and communities. Applicants can be Canadian, or US organizations as described below:

  1. Canadian registered charities and not-for-profit organizations; or
  2. U.S. charitable and not-for profit organizations which meet the following criteria and can provide written confirmation of same:

a. Have received Section 501(c)(3) determination from the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS"); or

b. Are treated by the IRS as an organization that is not a private foundation as described in Sections 509(a)(1),(2) or (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the "IRS Code"); or

c. Are a local/state government organization.

Note: 2018 and 2019 TD Ready Challenge Grant recipients are eligible to apply.


  • Elementary and secondary schools
  • Religious organizations (i.e., organizations whose primary purpose is religious practice or worship). However, faith-based organizations that provide programs and services for broader community benefit, may be considered.
  • Pageants
  • Sports teams and sporting events
  • Individuals or individual pursuits/fundraising initiatives
  • Recreational groups (lodges, fraternal clubs, self-improvement organizations, etc.)
  • Conferences, trade shows, fairs
  • Production of videos, DVDs and television shows
  • TD Employees
  • 2020 and 2021 TD Ready Challenge Grant Recipients

Challenge Structure and Calendar

Event

September-October

An internal TD North American Judging Panel will review applications and select applications to move into final round of reviews.

November

TD Ready Challenge finalists to be notified and next steps will be shared.

December

A TD North American Executive Judging panel and subject matter experts will assess applications that move into final round of review and determine the selected recipients.

Mid-December

2022 TD Ready Challenge successful recipients will be selected and notified.

Final Round Judging Panel

Selected applicants who move into the final round of review will have their applications assessed by our TD North American Executive Judging Panel, consisting of TD executives and external subject matter experts from both Canada and the United States.


General inquiries

Yes. All applications must be submitted electronically via the application portal.


Individual meetings with applicants are not possible. The online submission ensures that all applications are submitted and reviewed in a consistent way.


Given the time required to connect with all potential applicants, application reviews are not possible. The online submission is the best way to manage everybody's time and to ensure that all applications are submitted and reviewed in a consistent way.


Grant applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, August 11, 2022. In fairness to all applicants, late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are responsible for allowing enough time when submitting their application to ensure its timely submission. Paper applications will not be accepted.


No. The initiative proposed needs to be delivered in areas in areas where TD operates. This includes all of Canada, US states within TD's Retail footprint (map and listing found here), and the Metro Detroit area (Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Wayne Counties).


Submitting the application

No. You may submit only one application to the 2022 TD Ready Challenge. Additional applications will not be reviewed.


Your application must be accompanied by your organization's most recent audited financial statement conducted by a public accounting firm/professional, which must have been completed in the past two years. Important: accountant's reviews of non-audited compilations are not acceptable.


No. The documentation requested is required in order to submit a complete application. In fairness to all applicants, incomplete applications will not be considered.


All required documents must be in PDF format. The minimum font size for the detailed project application must be 10 point. Excel files will not be accepted. Your application must be accompanied by your organization's most recent audited financial statement conducted by a public accounting firm/professional, which must have been completed in the past two years, which must be scanned and condensed into a single document. You must not upload separate files as they will not be considered part of the application.


Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an e-mail notification confirming your submission.


Yes. A copy of your application will be embedded in your e-mail notification confirming your submission. We recommend that you keep a copy of the application for your own records. However, we ask that you do not send it to us as this may lead to duplicate records.


If you receive this error message, please contact a member of your organization's technology staff. You may need to adjust your computer's settings in order to access the application.


Yes. You can copy information from an existing Word document and paste it into the appropriate text box in the application.


Evaluation

There will be 3 rounds of assessment as follows:

First Round of Assessment:

Following the Submission Deadline Date, an internal TD North American Judging Panel, selected by TD in its sole discretion and consisting of members of the TD Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship team and internal TD employees from both Canada and the United States, will review applications and assess them against the below criteria. This Panel will select applications to move into the next round of reviews and all applicants, whether successful or not, will be notified of their application status by email.

Assessment Criteria Weight
Strategic alignment

The need or opportunity described by the applicant aligns with the 2022 Problem Statement.
30%
Feasibility of the proposed plan

The intended outcomes or results of the 2022 application proposal are feasible considering the activities, resources, and minimum 12-month funding window. The applicant will be in a reasonable position to expand the impact of the 2022 application proposal within 12-36 months.
30%
Well-positioned team

The mission and/or core activities of the applicant aligns with the 2022 TD Ready Challenge Problem Statement. The applicant is well-positioned to deliver on intended results and objectives, which includes that the applicant has current established ties with the community in which they are working and/or has the ability to create new ties with communities they may be intending to reach.
20%
Value for money

The budget is reasonable considering the activities, outputs and scale of the application proposal.
20%

IMPORTANT: Applicants will not be advised of any of their assessment scores.

Second Round of Assessment:

Selected applicants will move into a second round of review completed by an internal TD North American Judging Panel, selected by TD in its sole discretion and consisting of members of the TD Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship team, internal TD colleagues from both Canada and the United States and external subject matter experts from both Canada and the United States. This Judging Panel will review applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round of Assessment set out above. This Panel will select applications to move into the final round of reviews and all applicants, whether successful or not, will be notified of their application status by email.

Final Round of Assessment:

Selected applicants who move into the final round of review will have their applications assessed by our TD North American Executive Judging Panel, consisting of TD executives and external subject matter experts from both Canada and the United States

This Judging Panel will review these applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round Assessment set out above plus one additional component involving a TD Employee Voting exercise which will have a 10% weighting.

TD Employee Voting exercise

For this TD Employee Voting exercise, applications will be anonymized, summarized and displayed internally so that TD Employees across North America can vote for the application of their choice. The TD Employee Voting exercise will have a 10% weighting, however this weighting will only be applied provided a minimum of 100 votes are received and the votes demonstrate a thoughtful review of the application in question. If the TD Employee Voting component is activated, the results of this voting will be provided to the Judging Panel and the weighting of the remaining criteria to be used by the Judging Panel will be adjusted as set out below. If the TD Employee Voting component is not activated, then the Judging Panel will review applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round of Assessment set out above.

Selected applicants may be asked to prepare supplementary materials for review by the Judging Panel as part of the Final Round of Assessment. Successful applicants will be contacted by email by the end of December 2022.

Assessment Criteria Weight
Strategic alignment

The need or opportunity described by the applicant aligns with the 2022 Problem Statement.
27.5%
Feasibility of the proposed plan

The intended outcomes or results of the 2022 application proposal are feasible considering the activities, resources, and minimum 12-month funding window. The applicant will be in a reasonable position to expand the impact of the 2022 application proposal within 12-36 months.
27.5%
Well-positioned team

The mission and/or core activities of the applicant aligns with the 2022 TD Ready Challenge Problem Statement. The applicant is well-positioned to deliver on intended results and objectives, which includes that the applicant has current established ties with the community in which they are working and/or has the ability to create new ties with communities they may be intending to reach.
17.5%
Value for money

The budget is reasonable considering the activities, outputs and scale of the application proposal.
17.5%
TD Employee Voting Component 10%

IMPORTANT: Applicants will not be advised of any of their assessment scores. In addition, a financial analysis of the organization may be conducted to measure the financial health of the organization.


Final funding decisions will be made by the TD North American Executive Judging Panel. Successful recipients will be announced in January 2023.


There will be 3 rounds of assessment as follows:

First Round of Assessment:

Following the Submission Deadline Date, an internal TD North American Judging Panel, selected by TD in its sole discretion and consisting of members of the TD Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship team and internal TD employees from both Canada and the United States, will review applications and assess them against the below criteria. This Panel will select applications to move into the next round of reviews and all applicants, whether successful or not, will be notified of their application status by email.

Assessment Criteria Weight
Strategic alignment

The need or opportunity described by the applicant aligns with the 2022 Problem Statement.
30%
Feasibility of the proposed plan

The intended outcomes or results of the 2022 application proposal are feasible considering the activities, resources, and minimum 12-month funding window. The applicant will be in a reasonable position to expand the impact of the 2022 application proposal within 12-36 months.
30%
Well-positioned team

The mission and/or core activities of the applicant aligns with the 2022 TD Ready Challenge Problem Statement. The applicant is well-positioned to deliver on intended results and objectives, which includes that the applicant has current established ties with the community in which they are working and/or has the ability to create new ties with communities they may be intending to reach.
20%
Value for money

The budget is reasonable considering the activities, outputs and scale of the application proposal.
20%

IMPORTANT: Applicants will not be advised of any of their assessment scores.

Second Round of Assessment:

Selected applicants will move into a second round of review completed by an internal TD North American Judging Panel, selected by TD in its sole discretion and consisting of members of the TD Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship team, internal TD colleagues from both Canada and the United States and external subject matter experts from both Canada and the United States. This Judging Panel will review applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round of Assessment set out above. This Panel will select applications to move into the final round of reviews and all applicants, whether successful or not, will be notified of their application status by email.

Final Round of Assessment:

Selected applicants who move into the final round of review will have their applications assessed by our TD North American Executive Judging Panel, consisting of TD executives and external subject matter experts from both Canada and the United States

This Judging Panel will review these applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round Assessment set out above plus one additional component involving a TD Employee Voting exercise which will have a 10% weighting.

TD Employee Voting exercise

For this TD Employee Voting exercise, applications will be anonymized, summarized and displayed internally so that TD Employees across North America can vote for the application of their choice. The TD Employee Voting exercise will have a 10% weighting, however this weighting will only be applied provided a minimum of 100 votes are received and the votes demonstrate a thoughtful review of the application in question. If the TD Employee Voting component is activated, the results of this voting will be provided to the Judging Panel and the weighting of the remaining criteria to be used by the Judging Panel will be adjusted as set out below. If the TD Employee Voting component is not activated, then the Judging Panel will review applications and assess them against the same criteria used for the First Round of Assessment set out above.

Selected applicants may be asked to prepare supplementary materials for review by the Judging Panel as part of the Final Round of Assessment. Successful applicants will be contacted by email by the end of December 2022.

Assessment Criteria Weight
Strategic alignment

The need or opportunity described by the applicant aligns with the 2022 Problem Statement.
27.5%
Feasibility of the proposed plan

The intended outcomes or results of the 2022 application proposal are feasible considering the activities, resources, and minimum 12-month funding window. The applicant will be in a reasonable position to expand the impact of the 2022 application proposal within 12-36 months.
27.5%
Well-positioned team

The mission and/or core activities of the applicant aligns with the 2022 TD Ready Challenge Problem Statement. The applicant is well-positioned to deliver on intended results and objectives, which includes that the applicant has current established ties with the community in which they are working and/or has the ability to create new ties with communities they may be intending to reach.
17.5%
Value for money

The budget is reasonable considering the activities, outputs and scale of the application proposal.
17.5%
TD Employee Voting Component 10%

IMPORTANT: Applicants will not be advised of any of their assessment scores. In addition, a financial analysis of the organization may be conducted to measure the financial health of the organization.


For 2022, the maximum total combined number of Grants available under the TD Ready Challenge for Canada and the US together, is a total maximum of ten (10) Grants (each a "Grant" and collectively the "Grants"), based on a budgetary funding commitment by The Toronto-Dominion Bank ("TD") for each of Canada and the US as follows:

  1. A total Canadian budget maximum of CDN $10 million for a maximum of ten (10) Grants of CDN$1 million each; and
  2. A total US budget maximum of USD $10 million for a maximum of ten (10) Grants of USD$1 million each.

The foregoing budgetary funding commitment is based on the clear understanding that there will not be more than a combined total of ten (10) Grants for Canada and the US together.


In 2022, Canadian-based organizations can request CDN $1 million and US-based organizations can request USD $1 million.


In 2022, ten (10) $1 million grants are available. Successful Canadian-based organizations will receive CAD$1 million and US-based organizations will receive USD$1 million. No other grant amounts will be awarded.


After the grant is awarded

For the 2022 TD Ready Challenge, successful Grant recipients will receive their specific Grant amount in a maximum of three annual installments, and the amount of each installment to be based on the length of the project. The exact amount of each installment to be mutually agreed in writing between the Bank and each recipient. An executed agreement between the Bank and each successful recipient will be required, which will include the mutually agreed upon installment payment schedule.


Yes. If your organization is successfully selected to receive a grant award, you will be required to submit progress reports. The number of progress reports will be mutually agreed to in writing between the Bank and each recipient and the total number of reports will be based on the length of the project.


No. Unless an extraordinary circumstance is identified and discussed with the Bank in advance, grants may not be used for any other purpose than the purpose set out in the organization's original 2022 TD Ready Challenge application.


If your organization is selected to receive a 2022 TD Ready Challenge grant, the grant funds must be put to use no later than three years from the award date of the grant.


Please contact us by email at tdreadycommitment@td.com. Include "The 2022 TD Ready Challenge" in the subject line of your email.


Specific questions for US organizations

In the United States, the TD Ready Challenge is handled by the TD Charitable Foundation, which can only make grants to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations. If you have recently received your determination letter from the IRS, you may not yet be in the IRS database against which we match potential applicants. Please e-mail a scanned copy of your newly issued 501(c)(3) determination letter to us at US-CharitableGiving@TD.com. A member of the TD Charitable Foundation team will give you further instructions on how to proceed with the grant competition application.


No. US organizations will be paid in USD. For more information see the FAQ: " What grant amounts are available for 2022?"

The 2021 TD Ready Challenge Recipients

In our fourth year, the 2021 TD Ready Challenge received over 300 applications from eligible non-profit and charitable organizations across our North American footprint. Each application was extensively reviewed by a TD judging panel based on alignment to the problem statement, level of innovation and potential for sustainable impact.

Fifteen finalists rose to the top with strong submissions that clearly demonstrated innovative, measurable, and scalable solutions that focus on addressing the predicted learning loss for students K-12 as a result of the pandemic.

Meet the 2021 TD Ready Challenge grant recipients. Click on the recipients to learn about their programs in their own words.


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