Climate Action Fund


Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. More than ever before, Canadians are taking part in climate action. Increasing awareness and action on climate change helps Canadians lead more affordable, cleaner and healthier lives while protecting our environment.

The Climate Action Fund (CAF) supports climate actions in communities across Canada. It seeks to increase awareness and participation in climate action among Canadians, especially youth, students, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, and small and medium businesses.

How to apply for funding

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Step 1: check your eligibility

  • the applicant guide provides details on eligibility and other key information

Step 2: complete the application form

Step 3: gather your documentation

  • collect all the necessary documentation and ensure that your application is submitted before the deadline

Step 4: submit your application

Frequently asked questions

How much is the Government of Canada going to contribute to individual projects?

The maximum federal contribution per project is $500,000. The only exception is for for-profit entities, where the maximum is $200,000. There are no minimum funding levels.

Can I combine funding from other sources to support the project? Do I need to inform Environment and Climate Change Canada?

Yes, we encourage you to combine funding from other sources. You must disclose all anticipated funding sources (Canadian and non-Canadian) of the project, including in-kind contributions from other Canadian government sources. 

Can my project support more than one of the specified groups (youth, students, Indigenous peoples/organizations, and small and medium-sized enterprises)?


Given that the signing of the funding agreements may not take place until December 2018, are projects still required to spend a minimum of 80% of the total project funding within the first year of the project (i.e. before March 31, 2019)?

Yes, a minimum of 80% of total funding requested must be allocated to the first fiscal year of the project (i.e. before March 31, 2019).

We recognize that a limited number of projects will be able to incur 80% of the costs within this fiscal year. In the coming years, the call for proposals will be issued much earlier to allow for more time in a fiscal year to carry out activities and incur eligible costs.

Which project outcome should I identify if I have more than one outcome?

You should include all relevant outcomes, and select and identify any indicators and targets that contribute to program outcomes.

May I include performance indicators that are not identified in Appendix A to measure performance?

Yes. You must select at least one of the pre-defined performance indicators. You may add additional performance indicators, which will be included as part of the overall review of your application.

How will decisions be made on whether a project is funded as a grant or contribution?

We may, at our discretion, disburse funds as a grant or as a contribution. This decision will be made based on a risk assessment of the project and will be considered final.

What is the difference between a grant and a contribution?

Grants are unconditional transfer payments that the government provides to individuals or organizations for activities that meet eligibility criteria set by the funding program.

Contributions are similar to grants, except that, in order to receive funding and be reimbursed for specific costs, recipients need to meet certain performance conditions. The government can also audit the recipients' use of funding.

If I am not successful in the Call for Proposals, can I re-apply at a later date?

If you are unsuccessful in this fiscal year, you are welcome to re-apply in future intakes.

If additional funding becomes available later in the fiscal year, we may reconsider non-funded applications.

Can I provide additional information after I have submitted my application?

All information and supporting documentation must be submitted with the application. The only exception is for letters confirming cash and in-kind support from other funding sources, which may follow at a later date.

What is the review process and can I appeal a decision?

We will review and assess proposals received by the application deadline. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in the fall of 2018. Funding decisions are final and decisions cannot be appealed.

Can an organization submit more than one proposal?

Applicants may submit multiple proposals as long as they meet the eligibility criteria stated in the Applicant Guide.

Will projects with an April 1, 2019 or later start date be accepted in this round of call for proposals?

The Climate Action Fund is currently only seeking proposals with a start date in this fiscal year, i.e. before March 31, 2019.

Our organization is operating as a non-profit organization, but is not a registered charity. How should we complete the question that asks for a charitable registration number?

If your organization is operating as a non-profit organization, but is not a registered charity, you may put “not applicable” or “N/A” for the Charitable Non-Profit Organization Registration Number.

Can we call or meet a program officer to discuss specific questions about our proposal?

To ensure transparency and fairness, we will refrain from individually assisting applicants with their proposals. You are encouraged to read the Applicant Guide for guidance on eligibility.

When can I expect to hear back from you?

We have set the following service standards for the timely review and assessment of CAF project proposal under normal circumstances:

General acknowledgement of receipt of application Within 5 business days of receipt of application
Review, assessment and determination
Within 45 business days of the deadline to submit
Notification of approval/rejection of funding
Within 5 days of final funding decision by Environment and Climate Change Canada
Signing of funding agreement
Within 30 business days of notification of successful application

Key dates

  • September 21, 2018: deadline for application
  • December 2018: final funding decisions
  • December 2018: signing of funding agreement

Success stories

The Climate Action Fund (previously known as the Climate Change Innovation Program) has funded a variety of projects.


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