Environmental Funding Guide
The following agencies provide funding to environmental organizations or for environmental projects. For info on criteria and application procedures, contact them directly.
For a comprehensive, searchable national database of funders, visit
Environment Canada’s Green Source Funding Database.
Assiniboine Credit Union – Sponsorships and Grants
Projects Funded: Community Renewal, Environmental Sustainability, Cooperative Development
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Participant Funding Program
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency administers a Participant Funding Program which supports individuals and non-profit organizations interested in participating in environmental assessments.
CP Loewen Family Foundation
Projects Funded: Projects with an environmental/education focus, alleviation of poverty, community building, and economic mobility.
Eco-Action, Environment Canada
Projects Funded: to eligible groups, organizations and individuals for local action projects that protect or conserve our natural environment and to create employment opportunities for young scientists and post-secondary graduates seeking hands-on training.
Projects Funded: Projects dealing with environmental scientific research, various social services, food and clothing distribution, mental health support and shelters.
Environmental Damages Fund
The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) helps ensure polluters take responsibility for their actions. It gives courts a way to guarantee tat the money from pollution penalties and settlements is directly invested to repair the actual harm done by the pollution.
Environmental Youth Corps
Projects Funded: This program reduces the risk involved with hiring a young professional, while also allowing talented graduates to get a head start in their environmental careers.
Evergreen – Common Grounds Funding
Evergreens’ Common Grounds program – in partnership with Walmart Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, The Home depot Canada, and Unilver Canada – provide grants to community groups doing environmental stewardship work across Canada.
Investors Group Community Projects Fund
Projects Funded: Environment is one of the granting categories, priority sectors will be identified by the Fund Committee each year based on employee feedback. Preference will be given to capital or specific project grants, rather than operating support.
Lake Winnipeg Basin Stewardship Fund
Projects Funded: The Fund will support projects of activities having concrete, demonstrable results to reduce pollutants, and in particular, nutrient loads entering Lake Winnipeg.
Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance
Proposals for alternative food systems related projects that will be used to support community projects, students, and networking opportunities in Manitoba are being accepted up to 2013.
Manitoba Community Services Council Grants
Projects Funded: Flexible, but projects must serve the community.
Manitoba Hydro – Environmental Partnership Fund
Projects Funded: Focus on education regarding environment/energy.
Manitoba Hydro – Forest Enhancement Program
Projects Funded: Projects that do not replace or duplicate government or forest industry activities, such as Tree Planting projects, Forest Education Projects, Innovative Forest projects.
Mountain Equipment Coop – National Fund
Projects Funded: Projects that protect outdoor environmental areas of significant recreation and wilderness value to MEC members. Mandate is to educate MEC members and the general public on important wilderness issues and the importance of protecting our natural environment.
RBC Blue Water Leadership Grants
RBC Blue Water Project Leadership grants are directed to organizations that are leaders in providing programs in North America and other countries where RBC does business. The focus for these grants are:
1) Watershed protection: Programs and projects that focus on watershed awareness, community-based watershed stewardship, protection and restoration of sensitive natural areas, or sustainable water use and conservation.
2) Access to clean drinking water: Programs and projects that focus on making sure communities have access to clean, safe drinking water, when and where it is needed.
Science Horizons Program
A Federal youth program to help employers top up salaries and provide mentorship to non-employed / recently graduated youth (under 30). The work must be science related (typically but not restricted to field work) in an Environment Canada related area.
Applications must be sent to appropriate region – please visit www.ec.gc.ca/sci_hor
Shell Environmental Fund
Projects Funded: Projects that propose innovative, action orientated ways of improving and protecting the Canadian environment.
Special Conservation Fund – Manitoba Conservation
Projects Funded: Projects that enhance/foster a better understanding of Manitoba’s natural resources. Projects dealing with sustainable development/environmental issues at the local level, which encourage public awareness.
Sustainable Development Innovations Fund – Manitoba Conservation
Projects Funded: Projects with environmental innovation and sustainable development issues that are environmentally and ecologically sound. Special recognition for youth involvement.
TD Friends of the Environment
Projects Funded: Projects that preserve Canadian environment. Projects that assist youths in understanding and participating in Environmental activities within local communities (also enhances cooperation among environmental organizations).
Thomas Sill Foundation
Projects Funded: Primary – capital grants, Secondary – pilot or demonstration projects.
Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
Projects Funded: Projects dealing with fresh water resource issues (protection of ground water and reducing demand), involving Canadians in global affairs (Priority is given to Canadian youth engagement).
Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund
Projects Funded: Organic Waste Management & Composing, Construction & Demolition (C & D) Waste Management, Pollution Prevention, Model Integrated Waste Management System Development & Planning
1. Community Grants
Projects Funded: Community projects in the areas of community service, education, health, arts and culture, heritage, recreation and the environment.
Projects Funded: Grants of up to $5,000 to charitable organizations taking concrete steps toward more sustainable operations.