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Environmental Grants Program

Grants to Ontario, Canada Nonprofits to Meet
Environmental Challenges in the Niagara Region

GrantWatch ID#: 171405
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Niagara Community Foundation


12/05/16 12:00 PM

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Grants to Ontario, Canada charitable organizations for collaborative programs that meet urban and rural environmental challenges in the Niagara region. The Foundation welcomes applications from eligible youth-led initiatives and volunteer groups.

Priorities for funding include programs that:
-Protect and/or restore environmental integrity of the shorelines
-Protect and/or improve the water of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and related tributaries
-Protect, improve or restore aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife
-Establish and/or improve rural and urban space, tree planting/urban canopies which are linked to water quality
-Provide education and awareness of the above listed priorities

Projects must also reflect one or more of the following:
-Foster cooperative approaches to environmental issues
-Address an identifiable environmental need
-Involve members of the community to be served in the design and implementation of the program
-Show evidence of sustainability and/or on-going monitoring (if appropriate for the project)

All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- How was the project need determined and what were the methods used to identify the need?
- How does the project fit with the priorities of the Niagara Community Foundation?
- If similar programs are offered within their delivery area, why should the applicant’s program be considered?
- What is the capability of the applicant to undertake the project?
- How will the success of the project be determined?
- How sustainable is the project (if applicable)?

Eligible applicants include charities providing programs and services in Niagara.

Grants are not available for:
- Core operating costs or current program costs
- Operating or capital deficits
- Activities of religious organizations that serve primarily their membership and/or their direct religious purposes
- Endowment funds
- Retroactive funding for any project expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date
- Individuals
- Political activity as defined by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s publication on registering a charity
- Programs and services outside of Niagara
- Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation

Charities applying for grants will need to have 8 out of 13 criteria for following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation. The check list is included in the grant application. If a minimum of 8 practices are not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address gaps.

All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying.
This must be done at least 7 days before deadline.

General FAQs:

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

To submit your application online:

For more information about your pre-application grant consultation contact:
JoAnne Krick
Tel: 905-684-8688

Niagara Community Foundation
8 Church St, Suite 301
St. Catharines ON L2R 3B3
Tel: 905-684-8688
Fax: 905-684-2337

Niagara Region

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