Funding for community projects and research initiatives are available through the following programs.
Proposal submission deadlines are subject to change from one year to the next. Please access individual site links to confirm proposal deadlines.
The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk :The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The protection of species at risk in Canada depends upon meaningful collaboration with Indigenous Peoples and organizations. Additionally, AFSAR supports projects that will proactively prevent species, other than species at risk, from becoming a conservation concern.
The AFSAR program allocates approximately $3 million a year to projects on Indigenous lands and waters.
The call for proposals typically takes place in the fall of each year. Please refer to the website for exact dates.
Environment Canada Eco-Action :The EcoAction Community Funding Program provides
financial support to community groups across Canada for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Funded projects promote the participation of local communities to address clean air, clean water, and climate change and nature issues, with the goal of building the capacity of communities to sustain conservation, rehabilitation and protection activities into the future.
Environmental Damages Fund :Following the “polluter pays principle,” the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) helps ensure that those who cause damage to the environment take responsibility for their actions. The fund gives courts a way to ensure that money from fines and settlements is directly invested in the repair of harm caused to our environment and wildlife.
The EDF program provides funding to organizations to undertake projects that will restore the environment in the areas where damage occurred. Additionally, the EDF supports research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and funds education and awareness projects related to environmental restoration and compliance.
The call for proposals happen throughout the year; contact EDF for a better idea on timing.
Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk :The goal of the Habitat Stewardship Program is to “contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened and other species at risk, and to prevent new species from becoming a conservation concern”, by engaging Canadians in conservation actions to benefit wildlife. Funded projects focus on stewardship activities that support the recovery of species at risk, including the protection or conservation of important habitat, and the reduction or mitigation of threats that might cause other species to become a conservation concern. .
The call for proposals typically take place in the fall of each year.
National Wetland Conservation Fund :The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports projects that: restore degraded or lost wetlands; enhance degraded wetlands; scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them; and encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation to build support for future wetland conservation and restoration activities.
The call for proposals is expected to take place in the fall.
Ontario Community Environment Fund : The Ontario Community Environment Fund supports environmental improvement projects that restore areas in the watershed where a violation, such as an accidental spill, or environmental impact occurred. Through funds generated from the administration of environmental penalties, the fund supports projects that focus on: community-based environmental remediation; research, education and outreach related to spill prevention; and measures to build capacity to prevent or manage spills.
The call for proposals will typically take place in the spring and perhaps at other times of the year. Contact them to learn more about possibilities.
Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund : In support of Ontario’s Great Lakes Strategy, the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund aims to help local community members take action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes, through support of at least one of the three goals: protecting water quality for human and ecological health; improving wetlands beaches and coastal areas; and protecting habitats and species.
RBC Blue Water Project :At its core, the RBC Blue Water Project seeks to protect the world’s freshwater resources through initiatives that support watershed protection and access to clean drinking water. The centerpiece of the Blue Water Project is a $50 million charitable commitment to award grants to organizations working to protect water in Canada’s growing towns and cities.
Submission deadlines vary for each type of grant. Please visit the RBC Blue Water Project Guidelines page for exact dates.
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation :For 25 years, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has supported projects to help protect the environment and green communities across Canada. The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, focusing primarily on environmental education and green space programs such as community garden programs, recycling/composting initiatives, and trail building and restoration projects.
The call for proposals will take place early this summer.
Ontario Trillium Foundation : The Ontario Trillium Foundation awards grants to support community-based initiatives that support the enhancement of healthy and vibrant communities throughout the province of Ontario. As part of these efforts, OTF awards four types of grants which vary from early conceptual-stage projects requiring seed money, all the way to grants aimed at supporting collective strategy and transformative action to tackle complex community issues in pursuit of lasting changes in Ontario communities.
Submission deadlines vary for each type of grant. Please visit the OTF Registration Application Deadlines page for exact dates.