Climate Action Fund

The application process is now closed

May 13, 2019: the application process is now closed


Since 2018, the Climate Action Fund has awarded $3 million to support innovative ideas. The objective of projects funded under the program is to raise awareness of climate change and to build capacity in order to increase climate actions that contribute to Canada’s clean growth and climate change plan (the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change).

Two-step application process

Step 1: read the applicant guide

Step 2: apply for funding through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS)

  • Please refer to GCEMS to complete the Climate Action Fund online application form

Frequently asked questions

What makes a strong application?

A strong application aligns with the program’s objective, meets eligibility criteria, and includes the required information necessary for reviewers to evaluate your capacity to carry out the project, the feasibility and merit of the project, and expected results of the project.

Can I submit more than one proposal?

You may submit multiple proposals as long as they meet the eligibility criteria stated in the Applicant Guide. However, funding awarded to a recipient is subject to maximum limits per recipient.

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

For transparency and fairness to all applicants, we are not able to assist or provide comments on proposed projects. You are encouraged to read the Applicant Guide for guidance on eligibility and to consider the suggestions provided. 

Do I have to use the on-line form?

Yes, only on-line applications are accepted.

How can I connect to an organization to access the Climate Action Fund opportunity if I am applying as a youth or student?

If you are applying as an individual and not as an organization, you can create an organization using  your name (e.g. “John Smith”) as a title along with any 9 digits as the business number, e.g.123456789.

Key dates

  • April 29, 2019: open for application
  • May 13, 2019: the application process is now closed. The deadline for application was 6PM (PST)
  • Summer 2019: expected funding decisions

Success stories

The Climate Action Fund has funded a variety of projects. Find out more about some of our success stories.

See highlights from the 2018 Climate Action Fund campaign.

News releases


Climate Action Fund projects
Program name Project name Project description Ultimate recipient name Program contribution Estimated total project cost Province/Territory Announcement date Rank
Climate Action Fund Markham Cycles - Incubating Cycling Hubs in Suburban Canadian Communities This project proposes to address barriers and incubate cycling potential as a way to take action against climate change in the suburban city of Markham, Ontario. The project will first develop a interactive and visual personal transportation GHG audit tool to residents about climate change. The tool will also include a map where residents can identify commonly visited destinations within 5km of their home or place of work, the outputs of which will be presented at various public events. A community bike hub will also be opened, with barriers such as bike loans to address common barriers to cycling. Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $250,000 $273,034 Ontario July 3, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Bringing young farmers together to take action on climate change Project with a suite of activities to bring together young farmers along with students and other allies to educate participants about climate change, plan for action, and engage networks. Specific activities will include: Kitchen Table meetings to build awareness of climate change and associated opportunities for action; a climate workshop; and a presentation of findings and a model for engaging with young farmers on climate change at the Union's annual National Convention. Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $83,606 $99,856 Ontario June 6, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Exploring Climate Change by the Seat of your Pants Virtual field trips, connecting students with specialists in the field on-line. They are proposing that their 2019 theme be climate change. Students $50,000 $50,000 National May 31, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Canadian Clean Growth small- and medium-sized enterprise Success Stories Compile case studies of small business clean economy success stories from across Canada, select in partnership with representative groups 20 projects, highlight projects as success stories and host public roundtables on success stories Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $223,100 $313,000 National May 22, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Informing and Accelerating Canada's Clean Growth Transition Produce a new series of policy-research reports that showcase how the right policies and actions can help Canada achieve its 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) target, while driving economic growth and competitiveness. Proposed activities: engagement and outreach to share outcomes of policy work, Clean Growth Summit (Spring 2019), workshops and events to build a network around reports and policy discussions. Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $245,000 $570,000 National May 22, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Random Acts of Green App Implementation The “Random Acts of Green” App aims to encourage both individuals and organizations to reduce their GHG production actively. The App will include incentives such as “Green Points” and discounts on its online catalogue that will be rewarded according to the self-reported amount of reduced GHG production. Although the development of the App was approved and funded in January 2018, the cancellation of the Cap and Trade program resulted in the loss of funds to implement it and measure its effectiveness. The funds will be used to spread awareness and use of the App; to spearhead quarterly effective public social media GHG reduction challenges; to help companies build, develop, and maintain Corporal Social Responsibility programs; and to monitor, analyze, evaluate and report on the amount of GHG emissions reduced individually and collectively across Canada. Private For-Profit $200,000 $408,600 National April 18, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Climate Change in New Brunswick: Impacting our Communities Project is creating a K-12 curriculum, with both an in-class and hands-on component, focussing on environmental issues, including climate change. Community outreach events will also be utilized to invite environmental organizations, companies, and agencies to display interactive booths to share projects, informaiton, and career advice to New Brunswick communities. Students, Youth, Indigenous Governments or Organizations, Private For-Profit $50,000 $180,000 New Brunswick April 16, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Driving Climate Action through Outreach and Promotion in the Hamilton - Burlington "Bay Area" This project will drive climate action through outreach and promotion that engages the (Hamilton - Burlington) Bay Area community to build awareness and understanding of climate change impacts and practical actions, targeting youth and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In order to achieve this, the Centre for Climate Change at Mohawk (CCCM), a multi-sector regional collaboration, will focus on a project called the Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO). BACCO aims mainly to advance deep climate actions in the Bay Area. The project will include a national-scale, multi-day, multi-partner Climate Change Summit with a Youth Climate Change Summit to motivate and empower individuals and organizations to take action in their communities. In addition, the Collaboration will organize a series of free public seminars on community climate change. A strategic Climate Communications plan will support all of the above. This preparation, which is anticipated as the bulk of the work, will take place in the first fiscal year, and will also include the development of the required materials. Students, Youth, Indigenous Governments or Organizations, Private For-Profit $262,610 $374,275 Ontario April 4, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Clean Climate Action School Climate Action School seeks to develop and implement climate-focused curriculum and hands-on workshops for students in Nova Scotia that draws upon traditional Mi'kmaq and scientific knowledge to increase awareness and stewardship and build skills. Students, Youth, Indigenous Governments or Organizations $118,964 $118,964 Nova Scotia March 11, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Accelerating to Zero Carbon Accelerating to Zero Carbon - enable Zero Carbon Buildings across Canada by supporting small- and medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), with a specific focus on architectural, engineering and renewable energy firms, to increase their knowledge for the design, adoption and application of Zero Carbon Buildings. The project will create capacity for Zero Carbon Buildings with the support of leading colleges and industry association partners including but not limited to George Brown College, Humber College, British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and by engaging Canada Green Building Council’s 1,000 emerging green building professional members (young professionals and students) who are eager to make Zero Carbon Buildings the norm. Begins January 2, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019. Students, Youth, Private For-Profit $496,333 $496,333 National February 20, 2019 5
Climate Action Fund Youth Climate Change Ambassador Program This group will plan an event (which will engage with various levels of government, enviornment NGOS and businesses and seek to recruit youth for the program), further youth recruitment, development of the Youth Ambassador program itself, followed by the training of the 40 selected youth. Upon recieving their training, Ambassadors will work with Ecology Ottawa to host four public events that focus on areas relevant to Ottawa becoming a climate leader. Youth will also be expected to make one presentation to either schools or other interested groups. Students, Youth $125,000 $164,000 Ontario February 15, 2019 5


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