Climate Action and Awareness Fund

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Introduction

The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) will invest $206 million over five years to support Canadian-made projects that help to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Action and Awareness Fund is designed to support projects that can create middle class jobs for Canadians who work in science and technology, academia and at the grassroots community level. These projects are critical as we continue to build a sustainable net zero emissions economy by 2050.

The Climate Action and Awareness Fund has three main priorities:

The Climate Action and Awareness Fund was created with contributions from the previous Climate Action Fund, as well as a significant investment from the Environmental Damages Fund.

Application period

Projects submitted for the community-based climate action request for proposals have been assessed. Decisions and next steps have been communicated to applicants via the email addresses they provided in their applications. We thank all applicants for their participation.

Letters of intent for the advancing climate science and technology request for proposals will be accepted until June 10, 2021.

Available funding

Funding for the Climate Action and Awareness Fund comes from two existing programs, the Environmental Damages Fund and the Climate Action Fund. The Environmental Damages Fund provides a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit Canada’s natural environment. The Environmental Damages Fund helps to ensure that environmental good follows environmental harm by supporting projects with measurable outcomes in Canadian communities.

Since 2018, the Climate Action Fund has awarded up to $3 million per year to support innovative ideas that raise awareness and build capacity for action that contributes to Canada’s clean growth and climate change plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The Climate Action Fund is contributing up to $15 million over five years to support community-based climate action projects.

Current Request for Proposals: Advancing climate change science and technology

The current request for proposals is seeking projects that advance climate change science and technology in Canada. The objective of this request for proposals is to support projects that will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate mitigation actions that will work towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

Climate change science and technology projects may include activities related to monitoring, data collection, model development, application of novel technologies, and/or knowledge synthesis aimed at enhancing understanding at the national, provincial, regional, or local level, including Indigenous communities.

There is a two-step application process, consisting of a letter of intent phase open to all eligible applicants, followed by an invitation-only full proposal phase. This is intended to facilitate the development of a broad range of innovative proposals.

Eligible recipients

To be eligible for funding under this request for proposals, lead applicants must be one of the following:

Lead applicants are responsible for submitting their proposal through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System, and for negotiating and signing a Funding Agreement, if selected. Lead applicants are encouraged to consider collaborative proposals and partner with other academic institutions or organizations, including federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal government partners.

For more information about eligibility, please log in to the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System to access the Applicant Guide and Application Form.

Advancing climate change science and technology - Request for proposals research themes

The projects funded by this request for proposals must fall under one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Informing carbon sink enhancements: nature-based climate solutions

Proposals should advance the quantification of, and reduce uncertainties in, our understanding of Canada’s carbon sinks to inform opportunities to employ Nature-Based Solutions to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The results should inform the development of integrated estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from Canadian ecosystems, our understanding of how direct land management actions impact ecosystem carbon cycles, or our understanding of the potential role of carbon sinks in Canada’s greenhouse gas mitigation strategy. Also of interest are proposals that will inform Canada’s reporting on efforts to enhance natural carbon sinks, including the quantification of those actions, and will improve reliability and consistency in reporting methodologies for managed and unmanaged lands, wetland restoration, forestry and agricultural practices. Additionally, proposals could also address direct and/or indirect impacts on climate, air quality, ecosystem function, and biodiversity.

Theme 2: Understanding the potential for, and implications of, negative emission technologies

Proposals should advance our understanding of the extent to which technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere — such as Direct Air Capture and Carbon Capture and Sequestration — may contribute to the net-zero goal. Proposals could explore the efficacy of different technologies and practices (including the development and testing of measurement tools), their economic viability, the risks associated with their use, and optimal policies for scaling up these technologies/practices (e.g., carbon price, tax credits). Also of interest are proposals that advance our understanding of potential environmental trade-offs and ecological or atmospheric parameters for validating large-scale quantitative assessments of emissions and removals resulting from intentional enhancement.

Theme 3: Understanding city- and municipal-level GHG emissions and mitigation effectiveness

Proposals should contribute to improving the quantification of GHG emissions and short-lived climate forcers at the city and municipal level, and enable the application of methods to identify mitigation opportunities and evaluate their effectiveness to augment national reporting processes (e.g., advancing the use of top-down atmospheric observations or bottom-up inventory-based approaches). Proposals could advance work related to atmospheric monitoring and modelling aimed at identifying emission reduction opportunities by source type and tracking changes in emissions (i.e., top-down approaches), as well as work to evaluate these top-down estimates against bottom-up emissions estimates. Proposals could also explore methodologies and protocols for using in-situ low-cost medium-precision GHG sensor technology to inform mitigation actions and evaluate effectiveness in a way that enables consistent application across Canada and aligns with international approaches.

Theme 4: Understanding multiple benefits of integrated mitigation approaches for greenhouse gases and air pollutants

Proposals should improve understanding of how greenhouse gas and air pollutant mitigation strategies impact both climate and air quality, recognizing that climate forcers and air pollutants frequently share common sources and climate forcers are often air pollutants themselves. This could include work to develop and apply new joint climate and air quality models and analysis frameworks to evaluate emission pathways for achieving net-zero GHG emissions and air quality objectives. Proposals aimed at quantifying the potential multiple benefits (e.g., reduced impact on human health and sensitive ecosystems) would also be valuable. This could include multidisciplinary studies across climate, air quality, health, and agriculture to understand the integrated impact of GHG and air pollutant mitigation.

Theme 5: Understanding and quantifying transportation sector emissions in Canada

Proposals should improve the characterization of travel behaviour in Canada (e.g., on-road public and private, including cars, trucks, buses, etc.) and inform improved inventory reporting and targeted policies to reduce GHG and air pollutant emissions, leveraging big data analytics, telematics, and other techniques. While there is high confidence in total transport emissions and some of the key drivers (e.g., total fuel consumption) and correlated variables (e.g., total number of vehicles), proposals are sought to address critical knowledge gaps in the more refined and geospatially resolved understanding of transportation emissions, such as use patterns of where, when, and what types of vehicles are driven over what distances or modal preferences. Proposals could also examine how travel patterns respond to significant changes, such as pandemics, socio-economic shocks, or extreme events, to quantify changes in travel patterns over time and modal shifts.

Funding amount

This request for proposals will provide up to $6 million per project for a total of up to $59 million to eligible organizations over a maximum of five years.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System. Those invited to participate in the full proposal phase will receive application invitations from the Climate Action and Awareness Fund.

More information

For more information on this request for proposals, please visit the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System to access the Applicant Guide and Application Form.

Frequently asked questions

FAQ page (Questions and answers last updated on April 14, 2021.)

Contact us

All inquiries related to the Climate Action and Awareness Fund may be forwarded to: ec.fasc-caaf.ec@canada.ca.

Past requests for proposals

Youth climate awareness request for proposals 

Youth climate awareness request for proposals

In June 2020, the Environmental Damages Fund accepted applications for projects that encourage youth awareness, engagement and action on climate change issues and solutions. Project applications are currently under review: approved projects will be funded under the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund.

Community-based climate action request for proposals

Community-based climate action request for proposals

Launched September 17, 2020, the request for proposals for community-based climate action projects will provide knowledge, tools and/or skills that lead to or engage communities in climate action. This request for proposals will provide from $100,000 to $6 million to eligible organizations, for a total of up to $50 million over five years.

Eligible recipients

To be eligible for funding under this request for proposals, lead applicants must be one of the following:

  • not-for-profit non-governmental organization
  • university or academic institution
  • Indigenous organization

Lead applicants are responsible for submitting their proposal and for negotiating and signing a funding agreement if selected. Lead applicants are encouraged to partner with at least one other organization, such as a non-governmental organization, Indigenous organization, university and academic institution, small and medium-sized enterprise, and/or a provincial, territorial or municipal government.

Eligible activities

The types of support, outreach and resources provided through community-based climate action projects may include workshops, networking, training, virtual platforms, climate awareness activities – including those related to Indigenous Knowledge – and more. These activities should enable communities to take action on climate change.

In addition, the lead applicant's project activities must focus on a specific community. Strong proposals will demonstrate knowledge of the community, why the project is needed, and how it will support the objective. Potential communities include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous communities
  • communities facing obstacles to engaging in climate action
  • communities experiencing low engagement on climate action
  • communities with significant exposure to climate risk

Funding amount

The minimum project funding request is $100,000 and the maximum is $6 million. Organizations requesting funding between $100,000 up to $500,000 must spend funds over one to two fiscal years, starting in 2020-2021. Organizations requesting over $500,000 up to $6 million must complete their project within five years of the signed Funding Agreement.

Climate Action Fund

Since 2018, the Climate Action Fund 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).

In September 2020, the Climate Action Fund opened a request for proposals under the new Climate Action and Awareness Fund.

Consult the news releases and success stories to learn more about projects funded under the Climate Action Fund.

News releases

Learn more about the announced projects for Climate Action and Awareness Fund and the Climate Action Fund.

Success stories

We turn the spotlight on initiatives helping to increase action and raise awareness of climate change.

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