EcoAction Community Funding Program

Government of Canada

Grant amount: Up to C $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 21, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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EcoAction Community Funding Program

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Projects must address one of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental priorities: climate change, clean air, clean water and nature. Funding support may be requested for projects that have an action focus to improve the environment and increase environmental awareness and capacity in the community.

What Projects May Be Funded?

Funding is available through the EcoAction Community Funding Program for projects that address one of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental priority issues:

  • Climate change: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change or to deal with the impacts of climate change;
  • Clean air: to reduce emissions that contribute to air pollutants;
  • Clean water: to divert and reduce substances that negatively affect water quality or to focus on water conservation and efficiency; and
  • Nature: to reduce biodiversity loss, protect wildlife and plants, and protect and improve the habitat where they live.

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  • Non-profit groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding through the EcoAction Community Funding Program.
    • environmental groups
    • community groups
    • youth and seniors groups
    • community-based associations
    • service clubs
    • Indigenous organizations.
  • EcoAction Community Funding Program accepts applications for projects with a local, regional and national scope.
  • Groups that are non-incorporated may apply to the EcoAction Community Funding Program. A group may be made up of a few people who get together with a project idea.
  • The following project costs are eligible under the Program:
    • human resource costs, including salaries and benefits;
    • contract and professional service costs (e.g., accounting, audit, liability insurance costs that are directly attributed to carrying out the project, monitoring, legal or other professional fees);
    • travel and field costs (based on Government of Canada rates:;
    • material and supply costs;
    • printing and production costs;
    • communication and distribution costs;
    • equipment purchase or rental costs;
    • vehicle rental and operation costs;
    • translation costs; and
    • a reasonable share of overhead and/or administrative costs and rent that is directly attributed to program delivery.
  • For every dollar you receive from the Government of Canada, including the EcoAction Community Funding Program, you must obtain at least the same amount from non-federal government partners. This includes cash contributions and in-kind support.  


  • A strong application includes the following elements:
    • addresses Environment and Climate Change Canada’s environmental priorities of climate change, clean air, clean water or nature;
    • enhances, restores, conserves and/or protects the environment;
    • includes objectives that are realistic, achievable and measurable;
    • demonstrates direct and measurable environmental benefit;
    • provides an opportunity for community members to become actively engaged in the project activities and educates them on environmental issues;
    • involves individuals and communities with local knowledge and experience;
    • secures 50% matching funds from non-federal sources;
    • clearly demonstrates that the group has the ability to carry out the project;
    • demonstrates good value for money;
    • includes any information related to required permits and technical information to ensure reviewers are able to evaluate the feasibility of the project, its technical merit, environmental benefits, and compliance with other jurisdictions;
    • includes a completed and signed application form with a detailed budget, work plan, communications plan and evaluation plan with measurable performance indicators;
    • has an indication of sustainability of activities and/or environmental benefit beyond the funding relationship; and
    • if applicable, includes supporting documentation to adequately evaluate project activities or information to conduct an environmental screening.
    • includes other Environment and Climate Change Canada priorities such as Indigenous engagement and official languages. For further information on Environment and Climate Change priorities contact a regional program officer.


  • The following groups are not eligible but are encouraged to partner with non-profit organizations to support a project proposal:-
    • businesses
    • educational institutions
    • individuals; and
    • municipal, provincial, territorial and federal governments
  • The following activities are not eligible for funding:
    • projects already under way; 
    • continuation of projects previously funded by EcoAction;
    • ongoing programs and activities;
    • activities required by law and/or mandated by all levels of government;
    • projects in relation to the enforcement of or compliance with by-laws in effect;
    • projects focused primarily on the purchase of capital assets;
    • activities focused primarily on research and monitoring activities;
    • activities focused primarily on planning;
    • projects designed only to beautify an area;
    • preparation of formal curriculum materials;
    • core organizational functions (e.g., meetings, maintenance and administration);
    • annual or regular organizational events/campaigns;
    • expenses to attend general conferences;
    • projects focused on recreational activities;
    • purchase or construction of infrastructure (e.g., land, buildings, roads and bridges);
    • purchase of a vehicle;
    • incentives and rebates (but can be used as matching funding);
    • project activities that fall under the mandate of other government funding programs, including other Environment and Climate Change Canada funding programs (however, may support activities that complement such programs);
    • lobbying, advocacy or fundraising activities (or that can be perceived as such);
    • decontamination of sites;
    • further disbursement of funds to a third party recipient (i.e. micro grants); and
    • projects outside of Canada.