TD FEF Funding

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Grant amount: Approximately C $4,000

Next deadline: Jan 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Jul 15, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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    Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada. With the support of more than 150,000 donors, TD FEF has provided approximately $76 million to over 24,000 environmental projects and programs.

    This round of is specifically focused on supporting projects that connect Canadians with public green spaces through green infrastructure or programming.

    TD FEF has specific application criteria for the following projects:

    • Community Gardens: Community Garden projects need to contain a focus on at least one environmental issue in order to be eligible for funding.
    • Environmental Education: Environmental Education projects should contain a focus on the local environment and identify why it is important to educate the public. For school projects, the project should focus on information that is appropriate to the target audience combined with a ‘hands-on’ educational component or workshop.
    • Outdoor Classrooms: Outdoor classroom projects should address the benefits of having one for the school and how the entire school and possibly the community will use this space to take part in environmental learning.
    • Tree Planting and Urban Naturalization Projects: For tree planting and naturalization projects, there should be a focus on engaging the community as volunteers and on planting native species.

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


    • Organizations eligible to receive funding:
      • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
      • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
      • Municipalities
      • Aboriginal groups
    • TD FEF makes grants to eligible organizations directly rather than through individual fundraising activities.
    • TD FEF can only fund projects taking place in Canada.
    • Eligible projects include:
      • Schoolyard greenings and outdoor classrooms
      • Park revitalization & restoration work
      • Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs
      • Community gardens
      • Natural playgrounds
      • Citizens science projects in public green spaces
      • Bioblitzes
      • Trail building & restoration
      • Neighbourhood park programming including festivals & stewardship
      • Tree plantings (native species)


    • What the Foundation does not fund:
      • Internal or external salaries or other people-costs where they make up more than 50% of the amount requested (includes web design, graphic design, writers, translation, labour, etc.,)
      • Capital costs or infrastructure (sheds, gazebos, solar panels etc.)
      • Administrative or operating expenses
      • Landscaping/beautification
      • Expenses related to advocacy activities
      • Projects occurring on private land
      • Scholarships, grants or bursaries
      • Awards and prizes
      • Playground equipment
      • Mileage, accommodation, meal costs or other travel expenses
      • Expenses incurred prior to application date
      • Advertising expenses (print media, radio, online, etc.)
      • Postage and shipping costs
      • Venue or equipment rentals
      • Projects taking place outside of Canada
      • Academic-style research projects are not the right fit for TD FEF funding.
    • The following projects are not eligible for funding:
      • In-class/indoor education programs
      • Research
      • Recycling/ vermicomposting projects
      • Energy conservation projects
      • Protection of Endangered Species/Wildlife
      • Landscaping/beautification
      • Ornamental structures
      • Conferences/summits/science fairs
      • Land acquisition
      • Film Festivals
    • We do not provide funding to individuals.