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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016

EcoAction Community Funding Program

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Projects must address one of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental priorities as listed in the Call for Proposals. Funding support may be requested for projects that have an action focus to improve the environment and increase environmental awareness and capacity in the community.

Program requirements

1) Core requirements
All projects must clearly demonstrate that activities are measurable, provide opportunities for community members to take action, and will result in a positive environmental impact. All projects and activities must include:
  • at least one (1) environmental indicator AND one (1) capacity building indicator as per the list of performance indicators listed in the Annex;
  • actions that will lead to tangible environmental results within the timeframe of the project;
  • an indication of the potential for self-sustaining continuity after the termination of EcoAction support; and
  • requirements for alignment with provincial, territorial and/or municipal by-laws.
Projects that have a strong community engagement and education component must also include the methodology to measure the extent to which behavioural change will be achieved within the timeframe of the project, e.g. pre- and post-project surveys.

2) Funding requirements
At least 50% of the total value of your project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Employment support programs within Employment and Social Development Canada and programs for Indigenous peoples within Indigenous Services Canada are exempt from this requirement. Please contact us for more information.

Contributions to your project from sources other than the Government of Canada may be in the form of cash, in-kind support, or a combination of both. In-kind support may include donations of:
  • equipment, materials and/or office space;
  • volunteer time for project activities, coordination or professional services;
  • expertise from consultants, elders or academics;
incentives, e.g. discounts offered on purchased items and services; and,
  • any other donated goods or services that contribute to covering the costs of the project.
For example, a company may donate $500 worth of rain barrels, or members of a local community group may volunteer 400 hours of their time to work on your project. These are considered in-kind contributions toward your project and are attributed a fair market monetary value.

3) Community support and involvement requirements
Project proposals need to demonstrate support and involvement of community members. The EcoAction Community Funding Program is designed to provide Canadians with a way to become involved in the creation of more sustainable communities through the development of action-based projects that yield measurable results. Through funded projects, Canadians are equipped with the tools they need to act on their knowledge and values as individuals and members of communities in support of environmental sustainability.

For example, a community project aiming to improve watershed health and water quality by engaging landowners and volunteers needs to submit, along with its application, letters demonstrating cash and/or in-kind support from the community and its project partners.

Who may apply?
Non-profit groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding through the EcoAction Community Funding Program. Examples of eligible groups include:
  • environmental groups;
  • community groups;
  • youth and seniors groups;
  • community-based associations;
  • service clubs; and,
  • Indigenous organizations.
The following groups are not eligible but are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations to support a project proposal:
  • businesses;
  • educational institutions;
  • individuals; and,
  • municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments.

Contact Name: EcoAction Canada
Contact Phone: 1-800-663-5755
Subject Area(s): Environmental Protection and Management
Last Reviewed: February 1, 2018, 10:47 am
Deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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