This page includes links to grant writing resources, as well as funding databases and specific grants for Canada and each province or territory in Western Canada (Canada is listed first, followed by provinces and territories in alphabetical order).
Grant Writing Resources
- Sector Source Imagine Canada Grantseeking Fundamentals
- WikiHow How to Write a Grant Proposal
- Grant Space How do I write a grant Proposal?
- BC Institute of Technology online fundraising course
- Environment Canada Green Source Funding Database
- Social Enterprise Canada
- The Funding Portal Blog
- Charity Village: Funders
- Philanthropic Foundations Canada List of Members
- Tides Canada
- Watershed Funding Opportunities
- Environment & Climate Change Canada Funding Programs
- This fund was established by The Nature Trust of BC in May 2001 and it honours two of Canada’s most celebrated conservationists and past Board members (Dr. Bert Brink and Dr. Alastair McLean) who devoted much of their lives to conserving B.C.’s native grasslands. The objective of the Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund is to promote research, habitat restoration and other stewardship activities that will assist in the management of the land, plants and animals of BC’s native grasslands.
- Applications due: February 9, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
- Environment Small Grants funds projects that take place within the Columbia Basin Trust requesting up to $5,000 that will strengthen the environmental well-being and address one of the following four categories: Ecosystems, Climate, Water and Environmental Education.
- Applications due: February 28, 2018
- HCTF accepts proposals for projects that acquire land or interests in land to secure the value of these areas for conservation of fish and wildlife habitats and populations.
- Applications due: March 31, 2018
- The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who have a conservation project in mind but need financial help to make it happen. Projects must be of a conservation nature, with priority given to projects that focus on activities that maintain, conserve or restore native (indigenous) fish and wildlife species and their habitats. PCAF will fund eligible expenses up to $10,000 in any one year.
- Applications due: May 16, 2018
- Peace Region intake begins August 3, 2017
- Coastal & Columbia Regions intake begins September 2017
- All grant applications due October 27, 2017
- A specified purpose account, administered by Environment Canada, to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit our natural environment.
- Priority funding is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife in the geographic region where the original incident occurred.
- Restoration (highest funding priority )
- Alberta Environment and Parks’ WRRP aims to improve natural watershed functions in order to build greater long-term resiliency to droughts and floods through conservation, Education and stewardship, research and data, restoration and enhancement.
- The next Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) application submission deadlines are:
- October 30, 2017 (for funding in 2018-19)
- October 30, 2018 (for funding in 2019-20)
- October 30, 2019 (for funding in 2020-21)
- The intent of this funding opportunity is to strengthen the capacity of community networks and to enhance the impact of their work. Proposed projects should focus on networks that strive to use data, research findings, and scientific approaches to improve the environments and/or health and well-being of communities in coastal regions along the U.S. outer continental shelf. We seek to support work relevant to the Gulf Research Program’s mission and that contributes to addressing chronic or emerging challenges in coastal regions that can be exacerbated by offshore oil and gas operations or natural disasters. Funding could support activities that pilot test new approaches or evaluate past approaches to developing and sustaining cross-boundary connections and activities; activities that extend existing programming to new stakeholders; or activities that foster the development of skills, competencies, and capabilities that have been shown to support cross-boundary discussions and action (e.g., development of leadership skills, science literacy, communication skills, effective collaborations and partnerships).
- Since 1995, this program has provided financial support to community-based, non-profit organizations for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. The Program encourages action focused projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future.
- The Western Mining Action Network-Indigenous Environmental Network Mining Mini-Grant Program gives away $180,000 annually in $3,000 increments to grassroots organizations across the US and Canada.
- Applications accepted are accepted three times a year: June 1, October 1, and February 1.
- In recognition of the fact that the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp by waterfowl hunters is the primary source of funding for the grant program, within the available budget, Wildlife Habitat Canada will primarily support rojects that address priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game bird, newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund projects
- Grant funding applications are due November 1 of each year.
- Funding programs are in place for the following categories: Land Acquisition, Capacity Building, Advocacy and Awareness, and Access and Activity.
- In recognition of our world’s changing needs, UL and NAAEE are proud to support innovative non-profit programs embracing E-STEM to inspire the next generation of scientists, business leaders, researchers, inventors, and engineers.
- Five recognition grants of $25,000 to $100,ooo will be distributed for innovation and excellence in the E-STEM field.
- Evergreen is one of Canada’s leading funders of community and school greening projects.
- Evergreen has multiple grant programs including Green Grants, We are Cities: Community Innovation Grant, School Ground Greening Grants, the Take a Root Program, and Watershed Champions.
- Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.
- Community Action ($1,000 – $10,000) and Leadership ($10,001 – $100,000) grants available.
- Grants are awarded to registered local or community-based organizations that protect watersheds and promote access to clean drinking water
- Grants of up to $12,000 are available for small, grassroots, activist organizations with direct-action agendas, working on campaigns or projects to preserve and protect our environment.
- Funding is also available as part of the World Trout Initiative.
- The Green Municipalities Fund provides funding to three types of municipal environmental initiatives: grants to develop plans; grants to conduct feasibility studies and field tests; and below-market loans (usually in combination with grants) to implement capital projects.
- Funding is allocated in five sectors of municipal activity: brownfields, energy, transportation,waste and water.
- This grant program is designed to support non-profit nongovernmental organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States that work with local communities to create a shared sense of responsibility for stewardship of the environment.
- Established in memory of Cathy and Laura Gainey, the Gainey Foundation is committed to supporting charitable organizations that offer environmental and arts education programs for youth.
- Delivered for the Trust by the Kootenay Livestock Association, the Grassland and Rangeland Enhancement Program supports efforts to maintain and/or enhance grassland resources while meeting conservation, environmental and recreational objectives.
- Objectives include promoting the stewardship of the grassland resource, striving to maintain and enhance biodiversity and long-term fish and wildlife productivity in public grassland ecosystems and improving compatibility between livestock management and recreation use.
- As part of Canada’s national strategy for the protection of species at risk, the Government of Canada established the Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP). The overall goals of the HSP are to “contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk, and to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern, by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife.”
- The HSP allocates approximately $12.7 million a year to projects that both conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats and to those that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
- The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR), established in 2004-2005, supports the development of Aboriginal capacity to participate actively in the implementation of theSpecies at Risk Act (SARA). The AFSAR program allocates approximately $4.7 million a year to projects that both conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats on Aboriginal lands and waters to those that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern.
- Alberta Ecotrust supports the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues through grants that enable Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.
- Alberta Ecotrust presently has three grant streams: Community Grants, Major Projects, and Collective Action Grants.
- Through this program, grants of up to $10,000 (new amount for 2014) are awarded to watershed stewardship groups which are working in their communities to raise awareness of local watershed issues or improve the condition of their local watershed.
- A new grant stream under the current Watershed Stewardship Grant Program has started to fund wetland-specific projects in support of the Wetland Policy. Grants up to $10,000 will be issued in 2015 to eligible groups on a per-project basis.
- This fund supports conservation activities by individuals, organizations and communities that contribute to fish and wildlife population health and the health of their environments, and to the understanding, appreciation and use of those environments. Projects that increase participation in and awareness of outdoor opportunities, while developing knowledge and respect for conservation, are also funded through this grant.
Pacific Parklands Foundation Grants
- Funding opportunities include the Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund and the Rain Garden Fund.
- General Grants for up to $20,000 are available, with priority to initiatives related to of sustainable communities under the focus areas of fresh water, sustainable food systems, and well-planned built environments.
- Northern Development offers a range of funding programs suited to a diverse set of economic development priorities in central and northern British Columbia.
- Fund projects that enhance and conserve fish and wildlife and that align their Action Plans in the BC Coastal, Columbia, and Peace Regions.
- Refer to their Funding Information Kit for details.
- The program goals are to increase recipient’s capacity to deliver environmental education in the Canadian Columbia Basin region and increase the capacity of other CBEEN members to deliver environmental education through the sharing of new information, resources, or skills gained through Pro-D activities.
- Grant funding is available to support the mandate of the Columbia Basin Trust: to improve environmental conditions in the Basin; to identify social and economic priority issues and implement mechanisms to address them; to improve Basin residents understanding and involvement in water issues; and to ensure youth in the Basin are actively engaged in addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.
- CVLCF funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity.
- Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization.
- Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum three years.
- This program from the Lieutenant Governor of BC encourages and supports youth to get outside and explore their own communities to discover and document unique attributes, identify and research key issues of concern, and investigate stewardship initiatives.
- In addition to activities and resources, Stewards of the Future provides funding and support for high school teachers and other educators to go on field trips, visit local sites of interest, and engage in stewardship projects in their communities.
- $500 – $1000 bursaries for staff or volunteers at partner organizations of the Kootenay Conservation Program.
- EcoFriendly Sask provides small grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment.
- Manitoba Sustainability Initiatives Directory Sustainability Funding Database
- The P2 branch supports innovative solutions to environmental issues through the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF). The SDIF supports projects, activities, research and developments that further the sustainability of Manitoba’s environment, economy, human health and social well-being.
- Targeted funding programs under the Fund are the Wate Reduction and Pollution Prevention Fund, Manitoba Climate Change Action Fund, and the Water Stewardship Fund.
- The Lake Winnipeg Foundation supports projects working to improve water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its watershed. Their Stewardship, Research and Education Grants Program awards grants range from $500 to $10,000, and covering up to 100% of eligible project costs, depending upon fund availability.
- The Sustainable Community Grants support projects and programs that foster Community Renewal, Environmental Sustainability, and Community Enterprise Development, with funding ranging from $500 to $5,000 dollars.
- The Yukon River Panel anticipates that up to approximately U.S. $1.2 million will be available to fund Yukon River restoration and enhancement projects in 2015. Both private and public sector applicants are eligible for funding.