Toronto Atmospheric Fund Grants Program

Toronto Atmospheric Fund


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

Next anticipated deadline: Sep 1, 2018

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 2, 2019, May 18, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

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

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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Overview:

The Atmospheric Fund provides grants to community groups, charities, non-profit organizations, and the City of Toronto for projects that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gases and/or air pollution in Toronto. We offer this support because we understand that solutions to climate change and air pollution require action at the community level. 

Our grants program has three priority granting streams:

Energy-Efficient Buildings

Toronto’s built environment produces approximately 50% of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, our granting program prioritizes projects that help improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings, especially large, commercial, industrial and multi-unit residential buildings. Because we would like to see energy-efficient retrofits implemented across Toronto, we are especially interested in projects that have the potential to be scaled up through, for example, policy change, as well as projects that could attract large public or private investments in energy efficiency. We are also interested in initiatives that explore how new buildings can be designed and built to maximize energy efficiency.

Social Innovation

Through this granting stream, we are looking for creative, high-impact approaches to addressing climate change and/or air pollution in Toronto. These could be new innovations or existing ideas that are under-utilized, and we are open to ideas that may need lead time to have impact. We can fund emerging ideas so that the recipient can address research gaps, analyze stakeholder interest, test technologies, undertake business case development, or any other activity needed to solidify the feasibility of the opportunity. Regardless of the type of project you would like to explore, it must demonstrate the potential for emissions reduction in Toronto.

Knowledge Transfer

We recognize that even the most brilliant report or pilot study is of little value if it isn’t dearly communicated to the right audiences. TAF will consider providing top-up funding and advisory support to grantees producing new knowledge that has broad relevance, to help them promote their findings to key audiences in an engaging way. TAF will look for opportunities to support the transfer of knowledge between different groups and sectors, supporting multi-sectoral convening, scholarships, internships and mentoring. In some cases, TAF will direct funding to promote new ideas developed by groups not previously funded by a TAF grant, but that have a strong relevance to TAF’s mandate.

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

Eligibility:

  • TAF provides grants to registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. 
  • TAF funds projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. 
  • TAF is open to funding a variety of activities and approaches, including research, capacity-building, multi-sector collaborations, social ventures, policy advocacy, and pilot tests.
  • We also fund initiatives at different stages of the project cycle, from concept development to implementation to reporting on and distributing project results.

Preferences:

  • TAF currently prioritizes projects that can significantly improve the energy performance the region’s built environment.
    • However, we’re also interested in initiatives that advance other local GHG and air pollution reduction opportunities. 

Ineligibility:

  • Please note that TAF will not fund the following:
    • 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 
  • Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for grant funding.