Funding Programs

Community Action Programs for the Environment

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) plays an important role in the recovery of species at risk on Aboriginal lands by encouraging meaningful involvement of Aboriginal people and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Funds are allocated to projects that protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species at risk, as well as to projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

The fund supports Aboriginal organizations and communities across Canada in building their ability to participate in the protection and recovery of species at risk, preventing species from becoming a conservation concern, and recovering and protecting important aquatic and terrestrial habitat on Aboriginal lands.

Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:

  • The AFSAR Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA; and
  • The AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.

The fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and co-managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency, with the support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the guidance of National Aboriginal organizations.

Who can apply?

  • Aboriginal associations/organizations
  • Territorially based Aboriginal groups
  • District councils/Chief and council
  • Traditional appointed advisory committees
  • Aboriginal corporations
  • Tribal councils
  • Aboriginal partnerships and groups
  • Aboriginal school authorities
  • Aboriginal cultural education centres
  • Aboriginal land/resource management authorities
  • Aboriginal cooperatives
  • Aboriginal societies
  • Aboriginal boards and commissions
  • Other organizations (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients

Geographic location

Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on:

  • Reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Aboriginal people under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867;
  • Other lands directly controlled by Aboriginal people (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27;
  • Lands and waters where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out; and
  • Federal waters.

Contact the program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year. A minimum of 20% matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required (20₵ confirmed match for each $1 of AFSAR funding).

Funding deadline

The annual call for proposals takes place in the fall.

Contact

For more information, please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada or Department of Fisheries and Oceans regional office.

Program website

Website: Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

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Community Interaction Program - St. Lawrence Action Plan

The Community Interaction Program, co-administered by Environment Canada and the Government of Quebec, supports community projects to improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem. Projects focus on specific environmental issues requiring action, and include awareness raising and educational activities; studies to identify specific action; the implementation of restoration actions such as shoreline cleanup stabilization and revegetation; or measures to protect species at risk.

Eligibility

All non-profit, non-governmental organizations are eligible, provided they have been legally constituted for at least one year and have their head office in the province of Quebec. Organizations must demonstrate that they have a charter in accordance with Quebec's Companies Act (Part III) or its equivalent.

Geographic location

Projects must be carried out along the St. Lawrence River, as it is defined, meaning the water, river bed, shorelines, wetlands, barachois, 600 or so islands and archipelagos, and the fluvial lakes found between the Ontario border and the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. If you wish to obtain more specific information on the geographic parameters, please contact a project officer.

Range of funding available

Depending on the category of the project being funded (awareness raising, study, actions following studies, or restoration), the maximum amount available varies between $25,000 and $200,000.

Deadline for application submissions

For more about the deadline, contact the program.

Contact

For more about the program or to apply, call 1-800-463-4311 or send us an email.

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EcoAction Community Funding Program

Helping Communities Create a Healthy Environment

The EcoAction Community Funding Program funds projects across Canada to encourage Canadians to take action to address clean air, clean water, climate change and nature issues, and to build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future.

Take action for your environment

Your organization may be eligible to receive financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program to address environmental issues of importance in your community. Your project must have measurable, positive environmental results and promote community participation.

Who can apply?

  • Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. This includes environmental groups, community groups, youth and seniors groups, community-based associations, service clubs, and Aboriginal organizations.
  • Organizations must secure at least half of the total project funding from sources other than the federal government.
  • Organizations must be able to measure the direct positive environmental results of the project and build the community's capacity to take action toward priority environmental issues.

What types of projects are funded?

Your project should address one or more of the following key environmental issues:

  • Clean air
    Projects with a focus on improving air quality or reducing emissions that contribute to air pollution. For example:
    • active transportation such as biking, and alternative methods of commuting aimed at reducing traffic and harmful air emissions
  • Clean water
    Projects with a focus on reducing or diverting substances that negatively affect water quality or with a focus on water-use efficiency and conservation. For example:
    • reduction of nutrient load, contaminants or toxics in water bodies
  • Climate change
    Projects with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or with a focus on addressing the impacts of climate change. For example:

    • sustainable consumption and waste reduction activities
    • cooling measures to reduce urban heat islands
  • Nature
    Projects with a focus on protecting, rehabilitating or restoring the natural environment. For example:
    • improving biodiversity by restoring and conserving habitat that will provide long-term protection to plants and wildlife in sensitive areas

For more project examples, visit our website.

Did you know?

  • Projects may be local, regional or national in scope.
  • Up to a maximum funding of $100,000 per project is available.
  • The maximum duration of a project is 36 months.

Got a project idea?

Please call us to discuss your project idea. We will advise you on the eligibility of your organization and project, and answer any questions you may have on the application process. To learn more about program criteria, eligibility and how to apply, download the Applicant's Guide and Application Form on our website.

Application deadline

The annual application deadline is November 1. Your complete application must be submitted to the Environment and Climate Change Canada office in your area on or before the deadline.

Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Offices

Atlantic & Québec Region

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6
Phone: 902-426-8521
or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)
E-mail: ec.ecoaction.qa.ec@canada.ca

Québec
801-1550, avenue D'Estimauville
Québec, Quebec G1J 0C3
Phone: 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)
E-mail: ec.ecoaction.qa.ec@canada.ca

Ontario Region

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-4734
or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)
E-mail: ec.ecoactionon.ec@canada.ca

West & North Region

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
123 Main Street, Suite 150
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4W2
Phone: 204-984-5952
or 1-800-567-1570 (toll-free)
E-mail: ec.ecoactionouestnord-ecoactionwestnorth.ec@canada.ca

British Columbia and Yukon
#201-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S5
Phone: 1-800-567-1570 (toll-free)
E-mail: ec.ecoactionouestnord-ecoactionwestnorth.ec@canada.ca

*Please contact your closest Regional Office directly if you would like to submit your application by fax.

 

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Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified-purpose account administered by Environment Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to manage funds received as compensation for environmental damage. These funds may come from court orders, awards, out-of-court settlements and voluntary awards. They primarily support the restoration of natural resources and environment, and wildlife conservation projects in the same geographic area where the damage originally occurred. The EDF also supports research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources.

Who can apply?

  • Non-government organizations
  • Community-based environmental groups
  • Aboriginal communities and organizations
  • Universities
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Geographic location

Projects are to be carried out in the province or territory where the available funds are located. Find out about available funds in your region.

Range of funding available

Available funds vary according to the number of court awards and voluntary contributions being sent to the EDF, and in which province or territory. For details on funding in your region, visit the Available Funds page.

Funding deadlines

Environment Canada actively seeks project proposals from eligible groups. Please contact your Environment Canada regional office to confirm available funds in your area.

Contact

For more information or to apply to the program, contact the EDF office in your area.

Program website

Website: Environmental Damages Fund

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Great Lakes Sustainability Fund

The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund provides technical and financial support to action projects aimed at cleaning up, restoring and protecting the environmental quality and beneficial uses of Canada's Great Lakes in areas of concern. The fund is targeted at three key priority areas: fish and wildlife habitat rehabilitation and stewardship; contaminated sediment assessment and remediation; and innovative approaches to improving municipal wastewater effluent quality.

Who can apply?

  • Eligible organizations are federal government departments other than Environment Canada
  • Provincial ministries
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal organizations and communities
  • Conservation authorities
  • Environmental non-governmental organizations
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Private industry

Geographic location

Projects are restricted to the Canadian Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Range of funding available

Funding is variable and depends on the project.

Funding deadline

Early December of each year.

Contact

For more information or to apply to the program, call 416-739-5834 or email.

Program website

Website: Great Lakes Sustainability Fund

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Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity as a whole. These funds promote the participation of local communities to help with the recovery of species at risk and preventing other species from becoming a conservation concern.

Funding under the HSP is separated into two distinct streams:

  1. The HSP Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA); and
  2. The HSP Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.

The HSP is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.

Who can apply?

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Community groups
  • Aboriginal organizations and communities
  • Private corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • Crown corporations

Geographic location

Projects must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada.

Contact the program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding usually ranges from $30,000 to $100,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required ($1 confirmed match for each $1 of HSP funding).

Funding deadline

The annual call for proposals takes place in the fall.

Contact

For more information, please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office.

Program website

Website: Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

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Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund

The Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund provides financial support to implement priority projects aimed at improving the scientific understanding of the watersheds for decision-making; rehabilitating priority habitats to restore the health of the aquatic ecosystem and the coldwater fishery; and to reduce phosphorus from rural and urban sources.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Academia
  • Non-governmental community organizations
  • Agricultural associations
  • Conservation authorities
  • Businesses
  • Industries
  • Provincial and municipal governments

Geographic location

The watersheds of the Lake Simcoe Region including Lake Couchiching and the Severn River west to Port Severn. It also includes the watersheds and bays of the Nottawasaga Valley, Severn Sound, and the targeted coastal regions which extend west of Hwy 400/69 and from Port Severn in the south, to the French River in the north.

Range of funding available

The fund normally provides up to one third of the required resources for a project but in exceptional cases will consider supporting up to two thirds.

Funding deadlines

There will be a call for proposals in the fall of each year, which will specify the timelines for proposals to be submitted and provide a template to guide the proponent on how to apply.

Contact

For more information or to apply to the program, call 416-739-4826 or email: ls-gbfund@ec.gc.ca.

Program website

Website: Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund

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Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund

The Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund provides financial support for high-impact, solution-oriented projects aimed at reducing nutrient loads, and improving the long-term ecological health of the lake and watershed.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals
  • Non-profit organizations and associations (NGOs and ENGOs)
  • Industry and industry associations
  • Aboriginal governments and organizations
  • Provincial, municipal, territorial and local governments
  • Regional conservation districts and authorities
  • Research, academic and educational institutions
  • Watershed-based organizations

Geographic location

Projects must take place in the Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta portions of the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

Range of funding available

All projects meeting funding criteria will be considered.

Funding deadlines

Visit the website for deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Contact

For more information or to apply to the program, call 1-800-567-1570 or email.

Program website

Website: Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund

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National Wetland Conservation Fund

The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports on-the-ground activities to restore and enhance wetlands in Canada. The objectives of the fund are to:

  • Restore degraded or lost wetlands on working and settled landscapes to achieve a net gain in wetland habitat area;
  • Enhance the ecological functions of existing degraded wetlands;
  • Scientifically assess and monitor wetland functions and ecological goods and services in order to further the above objectives to restore and/or enhance wetlands; and
  • Encourage the stewardship of Canada’s wetlands by industry and the stewardship and enjoyment of wetlands by the Canadian public.  

The NWCF focuses on working landscapes.

Who can apply

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Individuals
  • Universities
  • Conservation authorities
  • Private corporations
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • Provincial Crown corporations

Geographic location

Projects must take place on private lands, municipal lands, Provincial Crown lands, federal Crown lands in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, or Indigenous land across Canada.

Contact the program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding is variable and depends on the project. Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000, with a maximum amount available of $500,000 per year per project. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required ($1 confirmed match for each $1 of NWCF funding).

Funding deadlines

The annual call for proposals takes place in the fall.

Contact

For more information, contact the program by email at: ec.FNCMH-NWCF.ec@ec.gc.ca.

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Gulf of Maine Initiative

The Gulf of Maine Initiative aims to maintain a healthy ecosystem that supports long-term sustainability and economic growth by supporting projects that:

  • enhance habitat conservation;
  • inform decisions and actions on responsible development;
  • increase understanding and monitoring of ecosystem health;
  • identify and reduce key stressors to ecosystem health.

Organizations are encouraged to build partnerships and collaboration for more effective conservation and responsible development in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

Who can apply?

Only Canadian organizations are eligible and include:

  • Non-profit organizations
  • Aboriginal governments and organizations
  • Universities/Academic institutions

Geographic location

Projects must be focused in the Canadian portion of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Recipient organizations need not be located there, but the work must take place within the Canadian side of the geographic boundary.

Range of Funding Available

Projects are eligible for funding up to a maximum of $200,000.
At least 30% of the total value of the project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Other contributions may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.

Funding Deadline

The deadline to submit an application is November 6, 2015.

To Apply

Documents

Contact:

For questions or concerns, please contact the Environment Canada office:

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 2N6
Phone: 902-426-8521
or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)
Fax: 902-426-2062

Email: GMI-IGM@ec.gc.ca

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Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives

The Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives Funding Program (AEI) aims to improve the health, productivity and long-term sustainability of the ecosystems in Atlantic Canada. The program seeks to achieve greater environmental impacts by encouraging comprehensive ecosystem-based projects that include partnerships and collaboration amongst organizations throughout Atlantic Canada. Funding will be provided for projects that enhance integrated ecosystem planning and decision-making, increase ecosystem knowledge and science, and undertake actions that reach across ecosystems in Atlantic Canada to conserve, restore and enhance ecosystem health.

Who can apply?

Only Atlantic Canadian organizations are eligible and include:

  • Non-government organizations;
  • Coalitions and Networks of organizations;
  • Research and academic institutions;
  • Aboriginal governments and organizations.

Although business/industry, federal, provincial, and municipal governments are not eligible funding recipients, they are encouraged to partner with applicants on projects. 

Geographic location

Projects must be focused in Atlantic Canada, which includes the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Range of funding available

Projects can be funded up to $250,000 per project with a maximum project length of three years.

At least 30% of the total value of the project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Other contributions may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.

Funding deadlines

The call for project proposals occurs each fall. For this funding year, the application deadline is November 20, 2015.

To Apply

Documents

Contact

For questions or concerns, please contact the Environment Canada office:

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 2N6
Phone: 902-426-8521
or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)
Fax: 902-426-2062

Email: aei-iea@ec.gc.ca

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Employment Programs

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

Environment Canada's Science Horizons program is a collaborative effort with Canadian universities, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other eligible organizations that offers promising young scientists and post-secondary graduates hands-on experience working on environmental projects under the mentorship and coaching of experienced scientists and program managers.

Who can apply?

  • Not-for-profit organizations such as charitable and volunteer organizations, professional associations, and non-governmental organizations
  • Aboriginal organizations or associations
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors and youth groups, and service clubs
  • For-profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations and industry associations
  • Municipal/local governments and provincial/territorial agencies if specified in a federal-provincial/territorial agreement or Memorandum of Understanding, or specified by the Minister of the Environment

Geographic location

Canada-wide

Range of funding available

A maximum of $12,000 per year.

Funding deadlines

For more information on funding deadlines, please contact the program.

Contact

For more information about the Science Horizons program, please contact the program by email.

Program website

Website: Science Horizons Youth Internship Program

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