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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)

Deadline Date:

03/03/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations and community groups for projects that will positively impact the environment. Funding is intended to support new projects that engage the public and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key environmental priority: freshwater. Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth, or small businesses.

Projects must include one related priority result:

  • Canadians contribute to the improvement of water quality through the diversion and reduction of harmful substances in freshwater; or
  • Canadians contribute to improvement of freshwater management and increase climate resilience through action involving the development and/or restoration of natural infrastructure.

Projects must always address the environmental priority of the call for proposals and clearly demonstrate that activities:

  • Lead to measurable results for the environment at the end of the project;
  • Provide opportunities for community members to take action; and,
  • Produce a positive environmental impact.

As indicated in the program's list of performance indicators (available via the GCEMS portal), all projects must also include:

  • At least one environmental indicator; and,
  • At least one capacity building indicator.

All projects must include at least one environmental indicator and at least one capacity building indicator. Projects must always address the environmental priority of the call for proposals and clearly demonstrate that activities are measurable; provide opportunities for community members to take action; and produce a positive environmental impact.

The following project costs are eligible under EcoAction:

  • Human resources, including salaries and benefits
  • Contract and professional services (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 expenses (based on Government of Canada rates)
  • Materials and supplies
  • Printing and production costs
  • Communication and distribution costs
  • Equipment purchases or rental fees
  • Vehicle rental and operation costs
  • Translation fees
  • 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:

The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000 per project; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

For projects beginning summer 2021. Projects have a maximum duration of 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit groups and non-governmental groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding including:
- 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:
- Businesses;
- Educational institutions;
- C3 organizations;
- Crown corporations;
- Individuals; and,
- Municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments.

Pre-Application Information:

ECCC's EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until March 3, 2021 at 12 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST.

A minimum of 50% of the total project value must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.

A program officer will be pleased to discuss the eligibility of your group and project, answer your questions and provide general guidance.


Contact Information:

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

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Atlantic & Québec Region
Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Québec
Ontario Region

West & North Region
British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

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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;

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