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Grants to Ontario Community Groups for Environmental Programs in Eligible Locations

Ed Smee Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF)
Conserver Society of Hamilton and District Inc. - Ed Smee Fund
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Ontario: Hamilton or Burlington;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/05/23
Deadline: 01/20/24 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ontario nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for environmental conservation activities. Applicants must submit a notice of interest prior to applying. Funding is intended for small research, education, or advocacy projects related to protecting the natural environment. Eligible programs benefit communities in Hamilton and Burlington.

Primary areas of interest include the following: 

  • Conserving energy and other resources;
  • Sustainability and biological diversity;
  • Reduction of toxic chemicals in air, land, and water;
  • Participation in neighborhood decision making; and
  • Aid for others in achieving goals sympathetic to 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).


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
Please note that funding cycles are once every two years (2021, 2023 etc). The next funding cycle begins in 2023. Receiving letters of interest in Fall 2023. Funding for successful letters of interest will be received in early 2024.

- Email notice-of-interest: October 1st to November 5th
- Committee review of emails: November 6th to 30th
- Invite to submit application: by November 30th
- Submit applications: Deadline: January 20th
- Application review: January 20th to 31st
- Application selection: February 1st
- Notification from the Ed Smee Committee to the Hamilton Community Foundation of successful applicant(s): February 1st
- Notification to successful applicant(s): February 1st
- Award funding: March 1st

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 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.

Estimated Size of Grant
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 March 1, 2024.

Contact Information
Send email notices-of-interest to

Conserver Society of Hamilton and District
c/o EcoHouse
22 Veevers Dr.
Hamilton, ON L8K 5P5
905-540-8787 ext. 117

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