TAF Grants: Building Sector

Toronto Atmospheric Fund

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $200,000

Next deadline: Feb 21, 2020

Later deadlines: May 15, 2020, Aug 28, 2020, Nov 15, 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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Providing grants is a key way we accelerate low-carbon solutions

We provide 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 an air pollution in the region.

Recent TAF grants cover a wide range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement. We’re pleased you’re interested in securing a grant from us to help lower carbon emissions or air pollution in the region.


Our granting programs focus on the two biggest sectors for carbon emissions:

In the building sector, we are looking to provide grants to scalable projects that:

  • Demonstrate new approaches to significantly reduce the carbon intensity and increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings, especially multi-unit residential buildings, aiming to reduce the average GHG intensity of large buildings in the GTHA 35% by the year 2030.
  • Support the transition of new construction in the GTHA to be near net-zero carbon emissions and energy consumption by the year 2030
  • 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
  • Work with diverse collaborators to demonstrate 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, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities in the GTHA are eligible to apply for TAF grants.
  • 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.