Environmental funding programs

Community Action Programs for the environment

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) plays an important role in the recovery of species at risk on Indigenous lands by encouraging meaningful involvement of Indigenous Peoples and communities in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act. Funds are allocated to projects that protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species at risk, as well as to projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.

The fund supports Indigenous organizations and communities across Canada in building their ability to participate in the protection and recovery of species at risk, preventing species from becoming a conservation concern, and recovering and protecting important habitat on Indigenous lands and waters.

Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:

  1. AFSAR Species at Risk (SAR) Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA
  2. AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern

The fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and co-managed by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency, with the support of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the guidance of National Indigenous organizations.

Eligible applicants

  • Indigenous associations/organizations
  • Territorially based Indigenous groups
  • District councils/Chief and council
  • Traditional appointed advisory committees
  • Indigenous corporations
  • Tribal councils
  • Indigenous partnerships and groups
  • Indigenous school authorities
  • Indigenous cultural education centres
  • Indigenous land/resource management authorities
  • Indigenous cooperatives
  • Indigenous societies
  • Indigenous boards and commissions
  • Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients

Geographic location

Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on:

  • Reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Indigenous Peoples under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867
  • other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27
  • lands and waters where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out
  • federal waters

Contact the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year. A minimum of 20% matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required (20₵ confirmed match for each $1 of AFSAR funding).

Funding deadline

The 2018-19 call for proposals is available. In accordance with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Grants and Contributions Service Standards, applicants will receive an acknowledgement of the submission of a successful application within five (5) working days of the application deadline. Contact the program or regional coordinator if you have submitted an application but have not received this acknowledgment.

Community Interaction Program: St. Lawrence Action Plan

The Community Interaction Program, co-administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Government of Quebec, supports community projects to improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem. Projects focus on specific environmental issues requiring action, and include awareness raising and educational activities; studies to identify specific action; the implementation of restoration actions such as shoreline cleanup stabilization and revegetation; or measures to protect species at risk.

Eligible applicants

All non-profit, non-governmental organizations are eligible, provided they have been legally constituted for at least one year and have their head office in the province of Quebec. Organizations must demonstrate that they have a charter in accordance with Quebec's Companies Act (Part III) or its equivalent.

Geographic location

Projects must be carried out along the St. Lawrence River, as it is defined, meaning the water, river bed, shorelines, wetlands, barachois, 600 or so islands and archipelagos, and the fluvial lakes found between the Ontario border and the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. If you wish to obtain more specific information on the geographic parameters, please contact a project officer.

Range of funding available

Depending on the category of the project being funded (awareness raising, study, actions following studies, or restoration), the maximum amount available varies between $25,000 and $200,000.

Deadline for application submissions

For more information about the deadline, contact the St. Lawrence action Plan program.

Contact

For more about the program or to apply, call 1-800-463-4311 or send us an email at: quebec.interactions_communautaires@ec.gc.ca.

EcoAction Community Funding Program

Helping communities create a healthy environment

The EcoAction Community Funding Program funds projects across Canada to encourage Canadians to take action to address clean water and climate change, and to build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future.

Take action for your environment

Your organization may be eligible to receive financial support from Environment and Climate Change Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program to address environmental issues of importance in your community. Your project must have measurable, positive environmental results and promote community participation.

Eligible applicants

  • Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. This includes environmental groups, community groups, youth and seniors groups, community-based associations, service clubs, and Aboriginal organizations
  • Organizations must secure at least half of the total project funding from sources other than the federal government
  • Organizations must be able to measure the direct positive environmental results of the project and build the community's capacity to take action toward priority environmental issues

Eligible projects

Your project should address one or more of the following key environmental issues:

  • Clean water
    Projects with a focus on reducing or diverting substances that negatively affect water quality or with a focus on water-use efficiency and conservation. For example:
    • reduction of nutrient load, contaminants or toxics in water bodies
  • Climate change
    Projects with a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions or with a focus on addressing the impacts of climate change. For example:

    • sustainable consumption and waste reduction activities
    • cooling measures to reduce urban heat islands

For more project examples, visit EcoAction Community Funding Program.

Quick facts

  • Projects may be local, regional or national in scope
  • Up to a maximum funding of $100,000 per project is available
  • The maximum duration of a project is 36 months

For more information

Please call us to discuss your project idea. We will advise you on the eligibility of your organization and project, and answer any questions you may have on the application process. To learn more about program criteria, eligibility and how to apply, download the Applicant's Guide and Application Form on our website.

Application deadline

Please visit our website to find out the application deadline. Your complete application must be submitted to the Environment and Climate Change Canada office in your area on or before the deadline.

Environment and Climate Change Canada regional offices

Atlantic and Québec region

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B2Y 2N6

Telephone: 902-426-8521
Toll-free: 1-800-663-5755
Email: ec.ecoaction.qa.ec@canada.ca

Québec
801-1550, avenue D'Estimauville
Québec, Quebec G1J 0C3

Telephone: 418-648-3444
Toll-free: 1-800-663-5755
Email: ec.ecoaction.qa.ec@canada.ca

Ontario region

4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5T4

Telephone: 416-739-4734
Toll-free: 1-800-661-7785
Email: ec.ecoactionon.ec@canada.ca

West and North region

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
123 Main Street, Suite 150
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4W2

Telephone: 204-984-5952
Toll-free: 1-800-567-1570
Email: ec.ecoactionouestnord-ecoactionwestnorth.ec@canada.ca

British Columbia and Yukon
#201-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S5

Telephone (toll-free): 1-800-567-1570
Email: ec.ecoactionouestnord-ecoactionwestnorth.ec@canada.ca

*Please contact your closest Regional Office directly if you would like to submit your application by fax.

Environmental Damages Fund

The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is a specified-purpose account administered by Environment Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, to manage funds received as compensation for environmental damage. These funds may come from court orders, awards, out-of-court settlements and voluntary awards. They primarily support the restoration of natural resources and environment, and wildlife conservation projects in the same geographic area where the damage originally occurred. The EDF also supports research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources.

Eligible applicants

  • Non-government organizations
  • Community-based environmental groups
  • Aboriginal communities and organizations
  • Universities
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Geographic location

Projects are to be carried out in the province or territory where the available funds are located. Find out about available funds in your region.

Range of funding available

Available funds vary according to the number of court awards and voluntary contributions being sent to the EDF, and in which province or territory. For details on funding in your region, visit the Environmental Damages Fund: available funds page.

Funding deadlines

Environment Canada actively seeks project proposals from eligible groups. Please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada regional office to confirm available funds in your area.

Contact

For more information or to apply to the program, contact the EDF office in your area.

Program website

Environmental Damages Fund

Great Lakes Protection Initiative

Through the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, the Government of Canada takes action to restore and protect Great Lakes water quality and health. To help achieve this, the Initiative provides funding to support action by others on the following priorities:

  • restore Areas of Concern
  • prevent toxic and nuisance algae
  • reduce releases of harmful chemicals
  • engage Indigenous peoples
  • engage the public through citizen science

Eligible applicants

Eligible recipients vary depending on priority and may include:

  • conservation authorities
  • Indigenous communities, governments and organizations
  • industry associations
  • municipalities
  • non-government organizations
  • not for profit and for profit organizations
  • research, academic and educational institutions

Geographic location

Projects must take place in the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes drainage basin.

Amount of funding available

Funding varies based on the priority.

Funding deadline

Applications are now being accepted until March 15, 2018 for all priorities, with the exception of the engaging Indigenous peoples priority. Applications for projects that support the engaging Indigenous peoples priority will be accepted until March 30, 2018.

Contact

For more information or to apply for funding, visit the Great Lakes Protection Initiative Funding page.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) allocates funds to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and help to preserve biodiversity as a whole. These funds promote the participation of local communities to help with the recovery of species at risk.

The HSP is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada and managed cooperatively with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.

Eligible applicants

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Community groups
  • Indigenous organizations and communities
  • Private corporations
  • Educational institutions
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
  • Crown corporations

Geographic location

Projects must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Indigenous lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada.

Contact the Habitat Stewardship Program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding usually ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required ($1 confirmed match for each $1 of HSP funding).

Funding deadline

The 2018-19 call for proposals is available.

Important Notice

Environment and Climate Change Canada appreciates the interest of all organizations that take action to address the issue of recovering species at risk and preventing species from becoming a conservation concern. While we will continue to fund the 26 ongoing previously-approved HSP Prevention stream projects for 2018-19 so that projects can be completed, we will not be funding any new projects this year under the Prevention stream.

Other sources of funding remain available for preventing species from becoming a conservation concern. We encourage you to check out the other programs listed on this page for potential funding options.

In accordance with Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Grants and Contributions Service Standards, applicants will receive an acknowledgement of the submission of a successful application within five (5) working days of the application deadline. Contact the program or regional coordinator if you have submitted an application but have not received this acknowledgment.

Contact

For more information, please contact the program by email at: ec.PIH-HSP.ec@canada.ca.

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

Application-based funding is available through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program for targeted, outcome focused actions. Projects will be aimed at reducing nutrients, enhancing collaboration and supporting enhanced engagement of Indigenous peoples on freshwater issues.

Eligible applicants

  • Not-for-profit organizations (for example, non-governmental organizations and groups, service clubs, co-operatives, community, charitable and volunteer organizations)
  • Indigenous communities, governments and organizations
  • Research, academic and educational institutions
  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations (for example, small businesses, industry associations and agricultural associations)
  • Local organizations (for example, community and volunteer associations, organizations and groups, senior and youth groups)
  • Municipal governments, local governments and provincial or territorial Crown corporations
  • Regional conservation districts and authorities

Eligibility requirements

  • Projects must be implemented or carried out in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta portions of the Lake Winnipeg Basin
  • Projects must address at least one of the following three key freshwater priority issues:
    • nutrient reduction
    • collaborative governance
    • Indigenous engagement
  • Projects must be completed before March 31, 2022 when the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program sunsets

Application deadline

Letters of Intent are due February 21, 2018. For applicants that are deemed eligible to proceed, the full proposal submission deadline is March 26, 2018. 

Contact us

Environment and Climate Change Canada
Lake Winnipeg Basin Program
150 - 123 Main St.
Winnipeg MB  R3C 4W2

Telephone: 1-800-567-1570
Email: ec.lacwinnipeginfo-lakewinnipeginfo.ec@canada.ca

Low Carbon Economy Fund

The Low Carbon Economy Fund is a 2 billion dollar funding program over 2017-2022. Projects that are to be considered under the Fund will reduce emissions, create jobs and save Canadians and companies money by making homes and buildings more efficient; help companies innovate or use technologies to reduce their emissions; and support the forest and agriculture sectors to enhance stored carbon in forests and soils.

National Wetland Conservation Fund

Important Notice

Environment and Climate Change Canada appreciates the interest of all organizations that have participated in the National Wetland Conservation Fund, and that take action to address the issue of wetland restoration and enhancement. While we will continue to fund the 55 ongoing previously-approved NWCF projects for 2018-19 so that projects can be completed, we will not be funding any new projects under this program.

Other sources of funding remain available for protecting wetlands. We encourage you to check out the other programs listed on this page for potential funding options.

For more information, please contact the program by email at: ec.fncmh-nwcf.ec@canada.ca.

We remain committed to the conservation and protection of wetlands across the country though the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Further, we will continue to provide the revenue from the sale of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation stamp to Wildlife Habitat Canada to implement on the ground wetland conservation projects.

From 2014/15 to 2017/18 the National Wetland Conservation Fund supported on-the-ground activities to restore and enhance wetlands in Canada. The objectives of the fund were to:

  • restore degraded or lost wetlands on working and settled landscapes to achieve a net gain in wetland habitat area
  • enhance the ecological functions of existing degraded wetlands
  • scientifically assess and monitor wetland functions and ecological goods and services in order to further the above objectives to restore and/or enhance wetlands
  • encourage the stewardship of Canada’s wetlands by industry and the stewardship and enjoyment of wetlands by the Canadian public

Program website

National Wetland Conservation Fund

Gulf of Maine Initiative

The Gulf of Maine Initiative aims to maintain a healthy ecosystem that supports long-term sustainability and economic growth by supporting projects that:

  • enhance habitat conservation
  • inform decisions and actions on responsible development
  • increase understanding and monitoring of ecosystem health
  • identify and reduce key stressors to ecosystem health

Organizations are encouraged to build partnerships and collaboration for more effective conservation and responsible development in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

Eligible applicants

In 2018 to 2019, only organizations that have previously received funding through the Gulf of Maine Initiative (2014 to 2019) are eligible to apply.

Geographic location

Projects must be focused in the Canadian portion of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Recipient organizations need not be located there, but the work must take place within the Canadian side of the geographic boundary.

Funding deadline

Please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Office for further details.

Contact

For questions or concerns, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada office:

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 2N6

Telephone: 902-426-8521
Toll-free: 1-800-663-5755
Fax: 902-426-2062

Email: ec.gmi-igm.ec@canada.ca

Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives

The Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives Funding Program (AEI) aims to improve the health, productivity and long-term sustainability of the ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.

The program supports projects that use an ecosystem-based approach that includes broad partnerships and collaborative action leading to positive environmental results. Funding will be provided for projects in Atlantic Canada that:

  • enhance integrated ecosystem planning and decision-making
  • increase ecosystem knowledge and science
  • undertake actions in priority ecosystems to conserve, restore and enhance the health of ecosystems

2018 to 2019 priorities

Ecosystems of focus

In 2018 to 2019, AEI will pilot a place-based approach which will support projects focused in priority ecosystems of concern.  A place-based approach will allow the ability to demonstrate focused results in particular priority ecosystems over time.  For 2018 to 2019, AEI will focus its support on addressing water quality issues in 2 large priority ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.

Eligible projects must take place in one of these 2 watersheds:

  • Saint John River watershed
  • Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence watershed
Issue of focus: water quality

Projects must improve the assessment, monitoring, modeling, and/or mitigation of multiple stressors and their cumulative effects on water quality in one of the priority ecosystems. Within this priority, projects are required to focus on specific stressors:

  • nutrients
  • sediments
  • bacteria
  • pesticides
  • micro-plastics
  • or other issues of concern

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants include all Atlantic Canada-based:

  • Indigenous governments and organizations
  • non-government organizations
  • coalitions and networks of organizations
  • research and academic institutions

Although business/industry, federal, provincial, and municipal governments are not eligible funding recipients, they are encouraged to partner with applicants on projects.

Range of funding available

Projects can be funded up to $200,000 per project with a maximum project length of 3 years.

Projects may begin on or after July 1, 2018. Projects must be completed no later than March 31, 2021.

At least 30% of the total value of the project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Other contributions may be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.

Note that Environment and Climate Change Canada funding for the project must be spent within Atlantic Canada.

Funding deadlines

Applications are due by midnight March 16, 2018.  Please contact your Environment and Climate Change Canada Regional Office for further details. 

Contact

For questions or concerns, please contact the Environment and Climate Change Canada office:

45 Alderney Drive
16th Floor, Queen Square
Dartmouth, N.S. B2Y 2N6

Telephone: 902-426-8521
Toll-free: 1-800-663-5755
Fax: 902-426-2062

Email: ec.iea-aei.ec@canada.ca

Engaging Canadian kids in wildlife conservation

The Government of Canada has 3-year (2018 to 2021) funding available for organizations to develop and deliver programming for children. This funding will support national-scale, regionally specific programs aimed at educating and engaging children aged 6 to 12 in Canadian wildlife conservation. Overall, this funding will educate kids about protecting Canada’s biodiversity for future generations and the threats, like climate change, that impact it. More specifically, the funding will support programming that achieves the following three goals:

  • increasing kids’ knowledge and awareness of Canada’s wildlife, including threats to wildlife and habitat, and how to conserve and recover species at risk 
  • providing kids with opportunities to get involved in activities that help conserve nature
  • inspiring kids to be active stewards of the natural world

The request for proposals period has now closed for this funding opportunity.

Employment programs

Science Horizons Youth Internship Program (Science Horizons)

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Science Horizons supports green jobs for youth by providing wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire interns in the environmental sector. Interns must be recent college or university graduates in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

The program is delivered by our two agents, Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada) and Colleges and Institute Canada, who deliver the Environmental Youth Corps and the Clean Tech Internship Program, respectively.

Eligible applicants

  • Individuals
  • Provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments including institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations
  • Local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors and youth groups, and service clubs
  • Indigenous including First Nations band/tribal councils
  • Non-government organizations including not-for-profit, such as charitable, volunteer organizations and professional associations
  • For-profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations and industry associations
  • Post-secondary educational institutions

Geographic location

Canada-wide

Range of funding available

A maximum of $15,000 per year.

Contact

To apply or for more information, please contact ECO Canada or Colleges and Institutes Canada.

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