Learn about the funding opportunities (grants and contributions) that are offered by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Labour Program and Service Canada by browsing Programs accepting applications or funding by topic. What are grants and contributions? Grants are unconditional transfer payments that the Government provides to individuals or organizations for activities that meet eligibility criteria set by the funding program. Contributions are similar to grants, except that, in order to receive funding and be reimbursed for specific costs, recipients need to meet certain performance conditions. The government can also audit the recipients' use of funding.