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Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico Nonprofits and NGOs
for Environmental Recovery Initiatives Due to COVID-19

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) Grant

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Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

Deadline Date:

01/21/22 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and Mexico nonprofits, NGOs, and groups to support environmental recovery initiatives in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable communities, such as marginalized groups and Indigenous populations. The program aims to support an equitable, clean, and sustainable recovery in North America by helping communities build back better and become more resilient to future threats.

The NAPECA grant program will support projects that:

  1. Focus on implementing measures that will enhance the environment and seek community participation in COVID-19 pandemic recovery actions in an equitable, sustainable, and innovative way;
  2. Include an integral implementation plan that identifies actors, actions, beneficiaries, goals, measurable objectives and results;
  3. Achieve tangible and measurable positive environmental results, whether such results benefit species, ecosystems, sustainable development, or community preparedness/resilience. Results must be suitable for reporting within the timeframe of NAPECA support;
  4. May be replicable and/or scalable in other communities or regions;
  5. Create formal or informal partnerships or collaborations among relevant stakeholders, such as the different levels of government, local or Indigenous communities, academia, non-governmental organizations, youth organizations, and the private sector within the North American region;
  6. Leverage other resources (human, material, or financial) to achieve greater impact, replicability, and sustainability of the project and its results; and
  7. Are presented on time and through the established process.

Eligible projects could address topics such as managing discarded personal protective equipment and other pandemic-related waste, reducing habitat loss to conserve biodiversity, improving air quality, improving community support networks for times of crisis, implementing nature-based solutions to increase communities’ resilience, and supporting green economic activities in vulnerable communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160222

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The CEC encourages applicants to submit proposals up to C$165,000 and will consider additional funds (where available) for exceptional projects.

The CEC recognizes that a project can have a great impact at a low cost; therefore, no minimum grant amount has been established.

Term of Contract:

Projects are funded for a duration of 12 (twelve) to 24 (twenty-four) months (Maximum duration from April 2022 to March 2024).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are entities which are incorporated as non-profit organizations in Canada, Mexico or the United States. Examples of eligible applicants include non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), environmental groups, community-based associations, academic institutions, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities. Applicants must be located in Canada, Mexico, or the United States.

NAPECA does not support businesses, private individuals, municipal, provincial/state, territorial and federal governments. However, proposals from qualified organizations partnering with the private sector or local government are eligible. Additionally, NAPECA will not support potential applicants who are currently receiving or applying for funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada for their proposed projects.

The CEC cannot accept applications from an applicant whose employee or officer is, or an immediate family member of the employee or officer is:

- An official from any of the Parties to the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (ECA) (i.e., the Government of Canada, the Government of the United States of America, or the Government of the United Mexican States), or who served in that position within the past year;
- An official of the CEC Secretariat or who served in that position within the past year;
- A present or past member (within the past year) of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC); or
- A present or past member (within the past year) of the domestic advisory committees.

The following projects and activities are not eligible for funding:

- Activities for which the local, state/provincial or federal government is responsible (e.g., construction of roads, bridges, sewage treatment plants);
- Purchase of motor vehicles, property, land;
- Renovations;
- Pursuing legal action;
- Projects dedicated exclusively to planning;
- Projects meant only to beautify an area;
- Lobbying or advocacy;
- Annual or regular organizational events/campaigns;
- Expenses to attend general conferences; and
- Projects implemented outside the territory of the three ECA member countries.

The CEC will not fund expenses related to travel in excess of 15 percent of the total grant amount. Also, the CEC will not fund expenses related to overhead and administration (such as rent, telephone, fax, and photocopies) in excess of 15 percent of the total grant amount.

Pre-Application Information:

- Proposals due: 21 January 2022 (5:00 p.m. EST)
- Evaluation of grant applications: January-March 2022
- Official grants announcement: 4 April 2022
- Project implementation begins: April 2022
- Projects maximum end date: 31 March 2024

A maximum of one application per organization per country will be considered.

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

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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