North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) Grants Program

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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Grant amount: Up to C $165,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 6, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Canada, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Canada, Mexico, United States

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Call for Proposals: “Helping Your Community Adapt to Extreme Events"

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is accepting applications for projects to fund under the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA).

The CEC is calling for initiatives that focus on enhancing the capacity of communities to prepare, respond and adapt to extreme events, such as drought, floods, wildfires and extreme temperatures, and advance community-level actions that have the opportunity to contribute to, or benefit from, the CEC’s work on preparedness and resilience to extreme events.

NAPECA grant selection criteria

The NAPECA grant process will support projects that:

  • Focus on enhancing your community’s ability to prepare, respond and adapt to extreme events. The community work may be able to benefit from CEC’s work on extreme events or contribute community expertise and best practices in preparedness, response and resilience to enhance the CEC work on this topic across North America;
  • Include a complete 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 occur 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, non-governmental organizations, and private sector within the North American region
  • Leverage other resources to achieve greater impact, replicability and sustainability of the project and its results; and
  • Are presented on time and through the established process.

Project types can include, but are not limited to, capacity building, pilot projects, transfer of innovative technologies, conducting outreach or education, sharing best practices, communication and preparedness/response process improvements, training environmental and community leaders, engaging youth on environmental activities, reducing risks to the environment.


Projects are funded for a maximum duration of 12 (twelve) months.

The CEC encourages applicants to submit proposals up to C$165,000 and will consider additional funds (where available) for exceptional projects.

The CEC recognizes that a project can have a great impact at a low cost; therefore, no minimum grant amount has been established. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants are any entity which is incorporated as a non-profit organization in Canada, Mexico or the United States.
  • Examples of eligible applicants include nonprofit and nongovernmental 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 of a NAAEC Party (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.
  • The following projects and activities are not eligible for funding:
    • Activities for which the local, state/provincial or federal government is responsible (e.g., construction of roads, bridges, sewage treatment plants);
    • Purchase of motor vehicles, property, or land;
    • Renovations;
    • Pursuing legal action;
    • Projects dedicated exclusively to planning;
    • Projects meant only to beautify an area;
    • Lobbying or advocacy;
    • Annual or regular organizational events/campaigns;
    • Expenses to attend general conferences; and
    • Projects implemented outside the territory of the three NAAEC member countries.