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EcoAction Community Funding Program

Grants to Canada Nonprofits for Community
Projects to Improve the Environment

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Government of Canada - Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

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03/21/18 11:59 PM Receipt (Applicant's Local Time)


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Grants starting at $25,000 to Canada nonprofit organizations and community groups for projects that will positively impact the environment. Applicants must contact the appropriate program office at least one month prior to the deadline to obtain the application and receive guidance. Eligible projects address the priority issues of clean water or climate change.

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 behavioral change will be achieved within the timeframe of the project, e.g. pre- and post-project surveys.

Eligible Projects:

Funding is available through the EcoAction Community Funding Program for projects that address one of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental priority issues:

-Clean water: to divert and reduce substances that negatively affect water quality or to focus on water conservation and efficiency; and,

-Climate change: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change or to deal with the impacts of climate change;

EcoAction Community Funding Program accepts applications for projects with a local, regional and national scope.

Eligible Costs:

The following project costs are eligible under the Program:

-Human resource costs, including salaries and benefits;
-Contract and professional service costs (e.g., accounting, audit, liability insurance costs that are directly attributed to carrying out the project, monitoring, legal or other professional fees);
-Travel and field costs (based on Government of Canada rates:;
-Material and supply costs;
-Printing and production costs;
-Communication and distribution costs;
-Equipment purchase or rental costs;
-Vehicle rental and operation costs;
-Translation costs; and,
-A reasonable share of overhead and/or administrative costs and rent that is directly attributed to program delivery.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162751

Estimated Size of Grant:

EcoAction can provide up to $100,000, with a minimum funding request of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin in summer 2018.

The maximum length of a project is 36 consecutive months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit 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 nonprofit organizations to support a project proposal:
-Educational institutions;
-Individuals; and,
-Municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments.

Groups that are non-incorporated may apply to the EcoAction Community Funding Program. A group may be made up of a few people who get together with a project idea. Within this group, at least two people must take financial and legal responsibility for the project.

Note: Government of Canada employees who participate in an EcoAction Community Funding Program project are subject to the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service.

The following activities are not eligible for funding:
-Projects already under way;
-Continuation of projects previously funded by EcoAction;
-Ongoing programs and activities;
-Activities required by law and/or mandated by all levels of government;
-Projects in relation to the enforcement of or compliance with by-laws in effect;
-Projects focused primarily on the purchase of capital assets;
-Activities focused primarily on research and monitoring activities;
-Activities focused primarily on planning;
-Projects designed only to beautify an area;
-Preparation of formal curriculum materials;
-Core organizational functions (e.g., meetings, maintenance and administration);
-Annual or regular organizational events/campaigns;
-Expenses to attend general conferences;
-Projects focused on recreational activities;
-Purchase or construction of infrastructure (e.g., land, buildings, roads and bridges);
-Purchase of a vehicle;
-Incentives and rebates (but can be used as matching funding);
-Project activities that fall under the mandate of other government funding programs, including other Environment and Climate Change Canada funding programs (however, may support activities that complement such programs);
-Lobbying, advocacy or fundraising activities (or that can be perceived as such);
-Decontamination of sites;
-Further disbursement of funds to a third party recipient (i.e., micro grants); and,
-Projects outside of Canada.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To learn more about the 2018 EcoAction Community Funding Program call for proposals, please attend the webinar on Thursday, February 15th at 1:00 PM EST. Registration is required.

Pre-Application Information:

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 staff for more information.

Environment and Climate Change Canada's (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until March 21, 2018 for projects beginning summer 2018.

For more information on this opportunity and to obtain a copy of the 2018 application form and applicant's guide, please contact your regional office. Program officers are available to discuss draft proposals and provide advice on completing the application form.

Contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Office at least one month ahead of the application deadline. A Program Officer will provide support to help with the application process.

Community groups are strongly encouraged to have their application form reviewed by one of the Program officers.

Your completed application package must be received on or before the application deadline by your regional EcoAction office.

Applications will be accepted by your Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office on or before 11:59 PM (your local time) on the date of the application deadline.

Once departmental approvals have been confirmed, all applicants (both successful and unsuccessful) will be notified in writing. If your project is approved, you will be contacted to negotiate a Contribution Agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions of funding. The department works towards completing this process within 40 working days.

Program Requirements:

Contact Information:

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

To attend the February 15 webinar:

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)


801-1550, D'Estimauville Avenue
Quebec, Quebec G1J 0C3
Phone: 418-648-3444
or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free)

Ontario Region:

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4
Phone: 416-739-4734
or 1-800-661-7785 (toll-free)

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)

British Columbia and Yukon:
#201-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S5
Phone: 1-800-567-1570 (toll-free)

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Geographic Focus:

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