EcoAction Community Funding Program: frequently asked questions
This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the EcoAction Community Funding Program. General inquires may be forwarded to our National Office.
- How do I turn a project idea into a final project proposal?
- What type of projects does the EcoAction Community Funding Program fund?
- How are performance indicators used to track the overall environmental success of all the funded projects?
- What makes for a strong project application?
- How do I acknowledge the EcoAction Community Funding Program?
How do I turn a project idea into a final project proposal?
Community groups are encouraged to share a draft outline of their project at least one to two months before the funding deadline. A Regional Program Officer will review the eligibility of the group and project idea as well as suggest areas that could be modified to strengthen the original proposal.
Final proposals must be sent to your Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Office on or before the deadline. Applications or proposals delivered by hand and signed for by an Environment and Climate Change Canada Employee or received by fax, by e-mail or by post and postmarked in accordance with the deadline will be accepted.
If the application deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday (when postal services may be unavailable) you will need to submit the application earlier and/or ensure it is postmarked before the deadline date.
What type of projects does the EcoAction Community Funding Program fund?
In keeping with major Environment and Climate Change Canada and Government of Canada environmental priorities, the Program supports projects that address the following four themes:
Clean Air - reducing air emissions that contribute to air pollutants
Clean Water - diverting and reducing substances that negatively affect water quality or focusing on water conservation and efficiency
Climate Change - reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change or dealing with the impacts of climate change
Nature - protecting wildlife and plants, and protecting and improving the habitats where they live.
How are performance indicators used to track the overall environmental success of all the funded projects?
Performance indicators are measurable results that demonstrate how project objectives are met. All projects are required to clearly demonstrate that their objectives and goals are measurable and to show how project results are captured. Environment and Climate Change Canada evaluates the success of EcoAction Community Funding Program by analysing detailed information from individual projects. Standard project performance indicators have been developed for the EcoAction Community Funding Program. These are used to guide applicants and recipients in the development of project-specific indicators to measure progress toward the achievement of project deliverables and results. All projects must include at least one (1) environmental indicator from the list of performance indicators. The use of standard indicators will enable the Program to aggregate project-level results in order to demonstrate how and to what extent environmental benefits have occurred as a result of EcoAction-supported activities. Environment and Climate Change Canada uses this information to roll-up and report on overall program results.
What makes for a strong project application?
To be eligible for funding support, projects should plan to:
- have social, economic, health and environmental benefits
- respond to the overall goals of the EcoAction program
- respond to clearly defined and demonstrable community needs
- involve people from the community
- share results with others and facilitate transferability of knowledge or skills
- include a baseline for a measurable indicator that will be tracked
- demonstrate knowledge of the environmental problem, a sound project plan, and strong management for the project
- publicize the results of the activity to increase awareness of the issue and encourage community support and interest
- demonstrate potential for the project to be self-sustaining after the EcoAction Community Funding Program support
How do I acknowledge the EcoAction Community Funding Program?
Please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Office to discuss appropriate ways to acknowledge the EcoAction Community Funding Program in communications materials that you produced for your project. According to Government of Canada's Contribution Agreement, you should acknowledge Environment and Cliamte Change Canada's contribution to your project in various types of communications materials. To do this, please use a sentence such as: "This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada".
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