The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is accepting applications for projects to fund under the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) Grant Program to engage and partner with local and Indigenous communities, academia, and non-governmental organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States to promote a shared responsibility and stewardship for the environment.
The CEC encourages innovation and flexibility, promoting model environmental initiatives that will help build long-term partnerships to improve environmental conditions at the community level.
The CEC is calling for proposals from organizations to support environmental initiatives that will help North American communities implement solutions and strengthen their capacities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The CEC encourages applicants to submit proposals up to C$165,000 and will consider additional funds (where available) for exceptional projects.
- Projects are funded for a duration of 12 (twelve) to 24 (twenty-four) months.
The NAPECA grant program will support projects that:
- Focus on implementing measures that will enhance the environment and seek community participation in COVID-19 pandemic recovery actions in an equitable, sustainable, and innovative way;
- Include an integral implementation plan that identifies actors, actions, beneficiaries, goals, measurable objectives and results;
- Achieve tangible and measurable positive environmental results, whether such results benefit species, ecosystems, sustainable development, or community preparedness/resilience. Results must be suitable for reporting within the timeframe of NAPECA support;
- May be replicable and/or scalable in other communities or regions;
- Create formal or informal partnerships or collaborations among relevant stakeholders, such as the different levels of government, local or Indigenous communities, academia, nongovernmental organizations, youth organizations, and the private sector within the North American region;
- Leverage other resources (human, material, or financial) to achieve greater impact, replicability, and sustainability of the project and its results; and
- Are presented on time and through the established process.
- Eligible applicants are entities which are incorporated as non-profit organizationsin Canada, Mexico or the United States. Examples of eligible applicants include non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), environmental groups, community-based associations, academic institutions, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities. Applicants must be located in Canada, Mexico, or the United States.
- NAPECA does not support businesses, private individuals, or municipal, provincial/state, territorial and federal governments. However, proposals from qualified organizations partnering with the private sector or local government entities are eligible.
- Additionally, NAPECA grants cannot be used to support potential applicants who are currently receiving or applying for funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada for their proposed projects.
- The CEC cannot accept applications from an applicant whose employee or officer is, or an immediate family member of the employee or officer is:
- An official from any of the Parties to the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (ECA) (i.e., the Government of Canada, the Government of the United States of America, or the Government of the United Mexican States), or who served in that position within the past year;
- An official of the CEC Secretariat or who served in that position within the past year;
- A present or past member (within the past year) of the CEC Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC); or
- A present or past member (within the past year) of the domestic advisory committees.
For more information, visit http://www.cec.org/about/north-american-partnership-for-environmental-community-action/