TAF Grants: High-Performance Buildings

Toronto Atmospheric Fund

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $300,000

Next deadline: Nov 15, 2019

Later deadlines: Feb 22, 2020, May 10, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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Our Mission

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) invests in urban solutions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution.

Our Vision

Our ultimate goal – reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) – informs all our actions. This target isn’t simply another milestone. It’s our vision for a climate-smart urban region that functions within its environmental means and is a leader among climate-friendly urban centres around the world. Reaching the ambitious, yet achievable 2050 target of lowering carbon emissions by 80 per cent will benefit everyone. We can realize a livable, prosperous region with a low-carbon economy – a region where people spend less time commuting, spend less money on energy costs and the fallout of extreme weather events, and breathe cleaner air.

Granting Stream: High-Performance Buildings

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) provides grants to charities, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) for projects that have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the region and/or air pollution in Toronto.

Whether we are at home, work, school, or out having fun, Canadians spend most of their time indoors – that means using heating, cooling, lighting, appliances and hot water. So it’s not surprising that buildings contribute almost half of carbon emissions in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) through their natural gas and electricity consumption. To significantly lower regional emissions, we need to make new and old buildings drastically more energy efficient, and even consider how they could be turned into renewable energy generation assets.


Our granting program for high-performance buildings prioritizes projects that:

  • Increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings, especially multi-unit residential buildings, aiming for 40 per cent energy performance improvements.
  • Improve the energy efficiency of new construction, striving for near net zero energy consumption
  • Advance policy and financing approaches to facilitate and scale energy-efficiency retrofits
  • Pilot demonstrations of promising energy efficiency and zero-emissions building technologies and management approaches
  • Deepen tenant engagement to support behaviour-related energy efficiency practices
  • Seek understanding of the co-benefits of energy efficiency such as improved indoor environmental quality and local job creation
  • Quantify and describe the workforce and training gaps that need to be filled to serve a scaled-up energy efficiency retrofit sector, informing the creation of the TransformTO Workforce for High-Performance Building Campaign

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


  • Your application must demonstrate the project’s potential to reduce carbon emissions in the GTHA and/or air pollution in Toronto.
  • Only registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for TAF grants.
    • Charities seeking to undertake policy advocacy activities should familiarize themselves with the Canada Revenue Agency rules governing their participation in political activities.
  • Project applications can be single-year or multi-year requests.
    • The requested funds should be in line with the project’s scope and timeframe.
  • Grants can be used to fund all project-related costs, including project evaluation and third-party advisory services.
    • Funding can also be used to offset operating costs and a portion of administrative costs directly linked to a TAF-funded project.


  • TAF will not fund:
    • Partisan political activities
    • Projects where the primary activity is an event such as a conference, workshop, or training session
    • A project that builds on, or is another phase of, a currently funded project from the same proponent. However, TAF can provide concurrent funding to the same recipient for different projects.