Apply for funding under the Sustainable Development Goals Program - Contributions

On this page

Application period

The call for proposals is now closed

Applicants must not start their proposed projects until notified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) of approval and an agreement has been signed between the organization and a representative of ESDC.

Please note that not all applications submitted under this application process will be approved. Funding is limited and subject to budget considerations of ESDC and allocation of funds by Parliament.

Decisions are final and there is no appeal process.

June 28, 2019 to September 19, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern time.

We anticipate that projects could start as early as Winter 2020.

Description of funding

You can apply for up to $300,000 in contribution funding per year, for projects up to 36 months in duration. These projects have to focus on fostering partnerships, innovation and addressing data/research gaps in Canada.

Eligible organizations may submit only one application for funding in this process.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program supports projects that aim to:

  • build awareness of the 2030 Agenda
  • increase partnerships and networks
  • advance research, and
  • further Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda

You may also apply for a grant project that focusses on engaging and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of our ongoing call for proposals launched in May 2019.

Objectives

We are funding projects that will identify and implement new and innovative approaches or increase impact of existing activities in order to work towards achieving 1 or more of the following objectives:

  • Identify and address gaps in knowledge and/or data to support Canada's efforts to meet the SDGs
  • Enhance collaboration between various sectors to explore new technologies and foster innovation and investment for the SDGs
  • Create resources to enhance and share knowledge on the SDGs including the contribution of Indigenous knowledge and practices in relation to advancing sustainable development
  • Establish accountability frameworks to support impact measurement and demonstrate SDG progress

Your application clearly demonstrates how it will:

  • advance the 2030 Agenda as a whole, or multiple SDGs. (projects targeting only one SDG will not be eligible for funding

Eligibility

To apply, you must meet all the following eligibility criteria. Otherwise, your application will not be further considered.

  • Your application is submitted on or before September 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern time
  • Your organization is:
    • a non-profit organization
    • an Indigenous organization (including band council, tribal council and self-government entity)
    • an international organization
    • a coalition, network and committee
    • a research organization and institute
    • an educational institution
    • a public health and social services institution, or
    • a for-profit organization
  • Your project does not exceed 36 months in duration
  • The funding amount you are requesting does not exceed $300,000 per year
  • Your application clearly demonstrates how it will:
    • identify and implement new innovative approaches for advancing Canada's progress on the 2030 Agenda
    • increase the impact of existing activities that support Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and/or
    • advance the 2030 Agenda as a whole, or multiple SDGs. (projects targeting only one SDG will not be eligible for funding

Note to organizations located and operating in Québec:

Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif, The Québec National Assembly adopted an Act respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (RLRQ, chapter M-30). This Act provides, in particular, that all Québec public bodies must obtain the authorization of the Québec government before entering into any agreement with the federal government, one of its departments or government agencies, or with a federal public agency. Any entity that is subject to the Act is responsible for obtaining the necessary authorization prior to the conclusion of such an agreement. If your proposed project is successful, ESDC will allow a reasonable amount of time for you to obtain the authorization from the Government of Québec. If you are unable to obtain the required authorization in a reasonable amount of time, your application could be withdrawn.

How we assess your application

We will assess your application based on the following criteria:

  1. Project objectives (refer to Question 43 of the Applicant guide)
    • Your application clearly demonstrates how your organization will work towards achieving 1 or more of the following objectives:
      • identify and address gaps in knowledge and/or data to support Canada's efforts to meet the SDGs
      • enhance collaboration between various sectors to explore new technologies and foster innovation and investment for the SDGs
      • create resources to enhance and share knowledge on the SDGs including the contribution of Indigenous knowledge and practices in relation to advancing sustainable development
      • establish accountability frameworks to support impact measurement and demonstrate SDG progress
    • Your application clearly demonstrates how it will:
      • advance the 2030 Agenda as a whole, or multiple SDGs. (projects targeting only one SDG will not be eligible for funding
  2. Innovative and Impact (refer to Question 44 of the Applicant guide)
    • Your application clearly demonstrates how your organization will:
      • identify and implement new innovative approaches for advancing Canada's progress on the 2030 Agenda, or
      • increase the impact of existing activities that support Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda
  3. Project activities, timelines and feasibility (refer to Question 44 of the Applicant guide)
    • Your application clearly describes each activity
    • Your project activities are specific, measurable and realistic
    • Your project activities are relevant to the project objectives. They support the achievement of the project outcomes
    • Your project timelines are clear and feasible
  4. Project measurement (refer to Question 45 and 46 of the Applicant guide)
    • Your application must focus on 1 or more of the following project outcomes:
      • the identification of gaps to meet the SDGs and approaches to address them
      • the implementation of innovative approaches that drive progress on more than one SDG
      • the integration of Indigenous and local knowledge into approaches to achieve the 2030 Agenda, and
      • the development of new ways to measure the impact of the SDGs indicators
    • Your application includes potential results measurement Indicators
    • Your application describes how you intend to measure and report on each individual result indicator you have identified
  5. Project budget (refer to Section B, Part 3)
    • Your project costs are reasonable, detailed and support the project activities

Further consideration could be given to:

  • applications that support Official Languages Minority Communities
  • coverage of a variety of SDGs goals, and
  • geographical coverage

Steps to apply

Application period

June 28, 2019 to September 19, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern time

Create a Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS) account to apply online

To apply online, you will need to create a GCOS account. You should create your GCOS account as soon as possible as it may take several business days to complete it.

GCOS allows you to:

  • apply for funding opportunities
  • submit claims and supporting documents
  • track the status of your applications
  • manage all your ESDC funding applications and approved active projects in one single GCOS account

Create a Grants and Contributions Online Services account

Gather your project documents and information

Before submitting your Application for Funding, ensure that you have included all of the required documents in your application package. Not doing so could result in the rejection of your application from this process.

Apply, submit and track the status of your application online using GCOS

  1. Read the Funding for contribution projects under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program – Applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Budget detail template (Excel format, 293 KB or PDF format, 47 KB)
  3. Apply online using GCOS

Apply by email

  1. Read the Funding for contribution projects under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program – Applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding (EMP5523) and the Budget detail template (Excel format, 293 KB or PDF format, 47 KB) online or by hand.
  3. Print and sign the signature pages only.
  4. Scan and email them along with the Application for Funding form to EDSC.ODD2030-2030SDG.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca. If, you are unable to scan them, you can mail them to the address below. Clearly indicate in your email if further documentation will be coming by mail.

Apply by mail

  1. Read the Funding for contribution projects under the Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program – Applicant guide to complete your application form. This guide includes details for each question of the form.
  2. Complete the Application for Funding (EMP5523) and the Budget detail template Excel format, 293 KB or PDF format, 47 KB) online or by hand.
  3. Print, sign, and mail the documents to:
    • Mailing address
    • Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program submissions
    • Coordination Unit, Mailstop: 402
    • National Grants and Contributions Delivery Centre (ESDC)
    • 140 Promenade du Portage Phase IV 4th Floor
    • Gatineau Québec  K1A 0J9

After you have applied

Through GCOS

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt

By email

You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt

By mail

You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email within 21 calendar days. We will use the email address you provided in your application.

Contact us

If you have questions about this application process, send an email to EDSC.ODD2030-2030SDG.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca. You can send your questions until September 19, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.

An information session will be held during the first 4 weeks of the intake period. Another information session will be held in late August, 2019. Interested applicants can participate by teleconference. If you are interested, send an email to EDSC.ODD2030-2030SDG.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca, and we will provide you more details. In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French).

Glossary

Sustainable development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It has three dimensions that are balanced and complement each other:

  • Economic: supporting the creation of conditions to allow quality jobs that stimulate the economy without harming the environment
  • Environmental: supporting the creation of conditions to conserve natural resources and the environment to allow people to live well, now and in the future
  • Social: supporting the creation of conditions to current and future generations to promote diverse and inclusive communities where rights are respected and people feel secure and reach their full potential

Innovative approach

An approach that will introduce a new product, idea, process, or technology, or complement, rethink, and/or adapt existing activities that support Canada's implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable Development Goals

Specific set of objectives that aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity and, peace and justice. They are:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions, and
  17. Partnerships for the goals

Multiple SDGs

Are defined as two or more of the 17 SDGs or applicable to the Agenda 2030 as a whole.

Report a problem or mistake on this page
Please select all that apply:

Thank you for your help!

You will not receive a reply. For enquiries, contact us.

Date modified: