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Ed Smee Fund

Grants to Ontario Community Groups for Environmental
Conservation Programs in Hamilton and Burlington

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Foundation / Corporation

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Hamilton Community Foundation - Conserver Society of Hamilton and District (Conserver Society)

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Ontario nonprofits for small projects in research, education, or advocacy on protecting the natural environment in Hamilton and Burlington. Applicants must notify the funding source of their intent to apply by August 30, 2017. Primary areas of interest include the following:

1) Conserving energy and other resources;
2) Sustainability and biological diversity;
3) Reduction of toxic chemicals in air, land, and water;
4) Participation in neighborhood decision making; and
5) Aid for others in achieving goals sympathetic with those of the Conserver Society.

The Fund encourages initiatives that meet the following criteria:

- Supports education, research and advocacy aimed at the protection of the natural environment;
- Is located in Hamilton and/or Burlington;
- Has a defined timeframe;
- Has the potential to effect change;
- Is innovative;
- Is a concern of a definable community; and
- Is receiving, or applying for, funding from other sources (if appropriate).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147736

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests of up to $3,000 will be considered. Grants are awarded in varying amounts. The amount granted per funding cycle is based on available funds and the potential value of the proposed initiative to the community.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be awarded on January 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by a Registered Canadian Charity. Organizations that are themselves not a registered charity must be in partnership with one that is. Initiatives supported must be carried out within the cities of Hamilton and/or Burlington.

Grants are not made to reduce operating or capital deficits; to support ongoing operating costs; to individuals; to religious organizations unless the community-at-large will benefit significantly; to annual, general or capital fundraising campaigns; to promote political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies or for purposes that may be deemed discriminatory.

Pre-Application Information:

To begin the application process, send an email briefly describing your project to ascertain its eligibility for a grant. If your email notice-of-interest is approved, the Ed Smee Conserver Society Fund Committee will send you an application form to complete and submit.

The Committee will acknowledge receipt of, and review all submitted applications. The Committee may request additional information, send a representative to make a site visit, or invite the applicant to address the Committee.

The Committee makes selections based on the criteria listed above and awards funding to successful applicants on January 1st of the following year that the application was received (e.g. 2012, 2014, 2016, etc).

Please note that funding cycles are once every two years (2011, 2013, 2015, etc).

-Email notice-of-interest: July 1 to August 30
-Committee review of emails: September 1 to 30
-Invite to submit application: September 1 to 30
-Submit applications: Deadline: October 31
-Application review: November 1 to November 30
-Application selection: December 1
-Notification to successful applicant(s): December 15
-Award funding: January 1

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send email notices-of-interest and any questions to:

Deirdre Connell
905-540-8787 ext. 155

Conserver Society of Hamilton and District
c/o EcoHouse
22 Veevers Dr.
Hamilton, ON L8K 5P5

Grant Coverage Areas:

Hamilton and Burlington

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Canada: Ontario