They provide financial support to non-profit and non-government organizations for Canadian communities to take on local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment and to build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities in the future.
EcoAction funds projects that:
- lead to tangible environmental results
- engage the community to improve the environment
- increase environmental awareness
- increase capacity in communities
- result in sustainable outcomes and engagement following project completion
- This year, funding is available for new projects that engage Canadian communities and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the following key environmental priority: Fresh Water.
- Your project must address the following priority result:
- Canadians contribute to improving freshwater quality through actions that reduce harmful substances in freshwater and/or restore and protect freshwater ecosystem health.
- The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000 per project; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000 per project. The maximum project duration is 36 months.
- A minimum of 50% of the total project value must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Consequently, EcoAction can fund a maximum of half a project’s expenses provided that no other Government of Canada funds are used. An exception to this requirement are funds from programs for Indigenous Peoples within Indigenous Services Canada. These funds may be included as matching funding for the project.
Please note: Funding from employment support programs within Employment and Social Development Canada are also exempt from this requirement; however, they cannot be used as matching funding for the project.
Projects may have a local, regional or national scope. Project activities must take place in Canada.
- Projects must always address the environmental priority of the call for proposals and clearly demonstrate that activities:
- lead to measurable results for the environment at the end of the project
- provide opportunities for community members to take action
- produce positive environmental results
- lead to results and engagement that will be sustained after the completion of EcoAction funding
- As indicated in the program’s list of performance indicators (available via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) portal), all projects must also include:
- at least one environmental indicator; and,
- at least one capacity building indicator.
- Additionally, a minimum of at least 50% of the total value of your project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.
Non-profit and non-governmental groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding, examples include:
- environmental groups
- community groups
- youth and seniors groups
- community-based associations
- service clubs
- Indigenous organizations
The following groups are ineligible, but are encouraged to partner with non-profit and non-governmental groups and organizations to support a project proposal:
- educational institutions
- C3 organizations
- crown corporations
- municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal governments.
For more information, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/ecoaction-community-program.html