Funding Opportunities

Planning your next project? Here’s a list of funding opportunities to consider. Check back often as we update this list frequently. The list is organized alphabetically within each season. Don’t miss the ‘ongoing intake’ set of opportunities!

 

Winter (Dec – Feb)

Alpine Club of Canada, Environment Grant: Provides support that contributes to the protection and preservation of mountain and climbing environments, including the preservation of alpine flora and fauna in their natural habitat. Deadline: JanuaryRead more…

BC Agricultural Council, Agriculture Environment Initiative: Provides funding assistance for projects aimed at improving environmental sustainability in agriculture. Topics addressed may for example by related to soil, air or water quality, water conservation, pesticide reduction. Deadline: FebruaryRead more…

Evergreen, Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants: Funding for community-based initiatives across Canada, including native planting initiatives, aquatic stewardship projects, community skills sharing workshops etc. Deadline: FebruaryRead more…

RBC Blue Water Project, Community Action Grants: The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. In 2013-2014, RBC will support initiatives that help protect water in our growing towns and cities. Deadline: JanuaryRead more…

RBC Blue Water Project, Leadership Grants: The RBC Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world’s most precious natural resource: fresh water. In 2013-2014, RBC will support initiatives that help protect water in our growing towns and cities. Deadline: DecemberRead more…

Service Canada, Canada Summer Jobs: Provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 fewer employees are eligible. Deadline: JanuaryRead more…

Waneta Terrestrial Compensation Program: The goal of the program is to provide financial support to project that support conservation and restoration through research, physical works and other applied projects. Projects must be located within the Waneta area and have a terrestrial ecosystem focus. Deadline: JanuaryRead more….

Weeden Foundation, Biodiversity Funding: Funds for domestic and international projects to help protect biodiversity. Deadline: JanuaryRead more…

World Wildlife Fund, Community Water Fund: Provides grants to registered charitable organizations working on projects aimed to conserve, protect, and restore freshwater and riparian habitats and the species living within them. Deadline: DecemberRead more…

Spring (Mar – May)

Community Fund of North Kootenay Lake, Grants: Provides small grants to projects that support a vision of thriving and resilient rural communities of North Kootenay Lake. Deadline AprilRead more…

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Public Conservation Assistance Fund: Provides small grants to organizations and individuals. Projects must maintain, conserve, or restore indigenous fish and wildlife species and their habitat. Deadline MayRead more…

Kootenay Savings Community FoundationKootenay Savings Community Fund: Funding of cultural, educational, economic, environmental, health and social non-profit projects of benefit to the communities served by Kootenay Savings. Deadline: MarchRead more…

Mountain Equipment Co-op, Community Contributions: Training and development of key staff, exceptional volunteers or board members in areas such as leadership skills, strategic planning, governance, fundraising or financial management, public and political engagement and communications, data management and data-driven strategies. Deadline: MarchRead more…

Nakusp and Area Community Foundation, Grants: Provides small grants to projects carried out within the communities of Nakusp, Burton, Faurquier, Edgewood and Trout Lake. Deadline AprilRead more…

PatagoniaEnvironmental Grants and Support: Supports local groups working to protect local habitat (biodiversity and ecosystem protection). Priority areas: to project and restore native fish populations and the habitat on which they depend. Deadline AprilRead more…

Real Estate Foundation of BC, General Grants (request of any size): Grants supporting sustainable food systems, freshwater sustainability or the sustainable built environment. Deadline: MarchRead more…

 

Summer (June – Aug)

BC Ministry of Finance, Community Gaming Grant: The Province of BC has reinstated the BC Community Gaming Grants and nonprofit environmental groups are eligible to apply. Deadline: August 31, 2016Read more…

Columbia Basin TrustEnvironment Program (Small Grants less than $10,000): Funding for innovative projects that will help address Basin-wide environmental challenges. The intent of the Environmental Initiatives Program (EIP) is to encourage environmental awareness for all generations about Basin ecosystems and associated human interactions. Deadline: JuneRead more…

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Fish and Wildlife Funding: Support to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitats affected by the creation of BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in the Columbia Region. Deadline: Opens July, deadline OctoberRead more…

PatagoniaEnvironmental Grants and Support: Supports local groups working to protect local habitat (biodiversity and ecosystem protection). Priority areas: to project and restore native fish populations and the habitat on which they depend. Deadline AugustRead more…

Fall (Sept – Nov)

Aviva Insurance, Aviva Community Fund: Open competition with voting for charitable organizations. Supports action-oriented projects that “create”, “make”, “purchase” or otherwise intended for the greater good of the community. Deadline: September – OctoberRead more…

Columbia Basin Trust, Environment Program (Large Grants up to $60,000):  Our Environment Grants fund community-initiated and community-supported projects in the areas of ecosystems, climate, water or environmental education. Deadline: September 30Read more…

Columbia Valley Community Foundation: Provides small grants to organizations to address needs that are not met by other funding sources in the Columbia Valley. Deadline OctoberRead more…

Environment Canada, Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk: This programs goal is to protect habitat and contribute to the recovery of species of risk. Deadline: FallRead more…

Environment Canada, EcoAction Canada Community Funding Program: This program supports 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. Deadline: NovemberRead more…

Evergreen, Royal Bank of Canada – Evergreen Watershed Champions Award (Outdoor Learning and Play): Award recognizes classes that demonstrate learning about their local watershed and action to care for it. Deadline: SeptemberRead more…

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, Fish and Wildlife Funding: Support to conserve and enhance fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitats affected by the creation of BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in the Columbia Region. Deadline: OctoberRead more…

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Enhancement and Restoration Grants: Supports projects that focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife and their habitats, and have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome, while maintaining or enhance opportunities for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and outdoor recreational activities. Deadline: NovemberRead more…

Kootenay Conservation Program, Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund: The purpose of this fund is to provide local financial support for important projects in the Columbia Valley that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas; one step towards restoring and preserving a healthy environment. Deadline: OctoberRead more…

Kootenay Conservation Program, Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund: The purpose of this fund is to provide local financial support for important projects in the Kootenay Lake area that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas. Deadline: OctoberRead more…

Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, Kootenay Savings Community Fund: Funding of cultural, educational, economic, environmental, health and social non-profit projects of benefit to the communities served by Kootenay Savings. Deadline: September 30Read more…

Leroi Community FoundationGrants: This foundation supports projects that benefit the communities of Fruitvale, Montrose, Rossland, Trail and Warfield. Deadline: NovemberRead more…

Mountain Equipment Co-op, Community Contributions: Training and development of key staff, exceptional volunteers or board members in areas such as leadership skills, strategic planning, governance, fundraising or financial management, public and political engagement and communications, data management and data-driven strategies. Deadline: SeptemberRead more…

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, Grant: NAPECA will support a diverse set of projects by providing access to resources for a broad base of hands-on groups and organizations. Deadline: SeptemberRead more…

Real Estate Foundation of BC, General Grants: Grants supporting sustainable food systems, freshwater sustainability or the sustainable built environment. Deadline: September 8, 2016Read more…

Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent, Adaptive Management Initiatives: This program supports collaborative, on-the-ground climate adaptation efforts that will build a sustainable and resilient future for the Crown of the Continent. Deadline: NovemberRead more…

TD Friends of the Environment FoundationGrants: Funding for charitable organizations. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year, we are excited to announce a special round of funding focused on the revitalization, animation and stewardship of public green spaces.  Deadline for expressions of Interest: September 19Read more…

Wildlife Habitat Canada, Conservation Grants: This program supports projects that address priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds. Deadline: NovemberRead more…

 

 

Ongoing

The Brainerd FoundationConservation Policy, Place-based Conservation, Conservation Capacity: Funds to protect the environment of the Northwest and to build broad citizen support for conservation. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Columbia Basin Trust Small Grants Program: If you have an idea that will address community priorities and encourage community development activities that have broad community benefit, you can apply for up to $5,000 through the new Columbia Basin Trust Small Grants program. For more information on this program, see the CBT website. Accepting project applications all year. Reviews applications in the first week of January, March, May, September and November.

EcoCanada, Environment Canada Youth Internship Program: Funds given to support recent post-secondary graduates opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and experience which will prepare them for sustainable employment in the field of environmental science. Deadline: Fall? Read more…

Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Green Municipal Fund: Funds for municipalities and their partners in municipal sustainable development. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Gosling Foundation, Better Organization for Nature: Funder partnership with sustainability network, to support community of practice, provide learning opportunities, and to fund specific initiatives to strengthen member organizations.  Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Gosling FoundationNature Festival Seed Fund: Supports initiation of festivals and similar events that feature nature awareness and appreciation by bringing attention to the ecological features of a community. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Gosling FoundationUnsolicited Proposals: Considers unsolicited proposals that are innovative, strategic in nature and have the potential to significantly impact areas of interest such as protection of lands of ecological value and environmental education with an emphasis on nature awareness and appreciation. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Hewlett FoundationWestern Conservation Grant: Projects to conserve the ecological integrity of the western United States and Canada for people and wildlife. Key strategies: land conservation, improving water flows of key rivers, increasing western clean energy. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Honda Canada Foundation, Honda’s Community Involvement Program: Funding for projects to enhance the social well- being of Canadian communities. Its charitable values include education, environment and engineering. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

Patagonia World Trout Initiative: Supports grassroots groups with charitable status or sponsorship working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon, and other fish species within their native range. Intake ongoing for qualifying groupsRead more…

Small Change Fund, Crowd-funding Platform: Small Change Fund is a crowd-funding platform which aims to help your project get access to individual donors across Canada.  They believe in the power of people coming together to do good, and that their small change can, and will, make a big difference to you. They currently accept proposals from registered grass-roots charities or registered Aboriginal bands in Canada. Deadline: OngoingRead more…

TeckCommunity Investment Fund: Support programs and initiatives that are designed to support and enhance environments with particular focus on water biodiversity (including wetlands protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitats, flora and fauna) and energy. Deadline: OngoingRead more…