Donations and Sponsorship Funding Guidelines

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our team members and our communities. We aim to make a difference through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of our employees.


Giving back is deeply embedded in CIBC’s culture and is closely aligned with our business purpose. By supporting services, programs and groups that help remove barriers to realizing personal ambitions, we are making a positive impact in our communities.

CIBC will consider funding for: 

  • Canadian registered charities or non-profit organizations that use the funds within Canada
  • Organizations with audited financial statements, sound financial practices, and a sustainable funding model
  • Projects or programs that are aligned to one of our three focus areas:

o  Cancer: organizations that deliver research, diagnosis, treatment and wellness for all types of cancers

o  Inclusive communities: innovative solutions focused on peoples with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and the Black community

o  Financial education: initiatives that help people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of financial well-being

Corporate donation requests are accepted year-round, but are reviewed annually between January to October.

CIBC Children’s Foundation will consider funding for:

  • Canadian registered charities that use funds within Canada
  • Projects or programs that directly support children in need — under the age of 14
  • Projects or programs that have a record of achievement or potential for success in line with our overall goals
  • Projects and programs that address a community need and provide direct impact to the community served
  • Projects and programs that include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
  • Requests that include financial statements for the charitable organization, sound financial practices, a sustainable funding model and a program budget

CIBC Children’s Foundation applications are accepted year-round, but are reviewed annually between February to May.

CIBC does not fund:

  • Multiple contributions to the same organization during one fiscal year (November 1 to October 31), which includes funding through both CIBC corporate and the CIBC Children's Foundation 
  • Initiatives outside Canada
  • For-profit organizations or other corporations’ community outreach initiatives
  • Religious organizations
  • Public, private or religious schools, including playgrounds and costs associated with student travel
  • Day cares, pre-kindergartens, pre-schools
  • Individual or team fundraising initiatives or events
  • Third-party flow-through or umbrella organizations, such as private or family foundations
  • Boards of Trade, Chambers of Commerce or service clubs such as Rotary
  • Business, industry or member-based associations
  • Golf tournaments
  • Conferences or registration fees
  • Matching contributions and endowments
  • Heritage organizations
  • Political organizations; advocacy and lobbying activities
  • Think tanks
  • Statues, monuments, art work or beautification projects
  • Advertising or promotional initiatives
  • Publication or distribution of books or movie productions


How to apply for funding

CIBC's online funding application requires approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can save a partially completed application and return to it later if necessary.

Before you apply, please ensure you have reviewed CIBC's funding guidelines and that your request meets at least one of our strategic areas of focus — cancer and persons with disabilities.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application following submission.

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