FEF Grant Overview
- Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
- Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
- Aboriginal groups
The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.
Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives. For a full list, please see the Common Questions.
Expenses that we do NOT fund
Internal or external salaries or other people-costs where they make up more than 75% 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
- Ornamental structures
- Land acquisition
- 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 the application date
- Advertising expenses (print media, radio, online, etc.)
- Postage and shipping costs
- Venue or equipment rentals
- Projects taking place outside of Canada
- Research projects
All grant applications must be submitted online.
New for 2019!
- How is your organization addressing an environmental issue?
- Who is engaged in the project (local schools, Aboriginal groups, seniors, families, general community etc.)?
- Is there an educational or workshop component?
- Will the garden be accessible to people with disabilities or limited mobility?
- How will you engage the community?
- If associated with a school, how will the garden be maintained over the summer months? What is the maintenance plan?
- For new gardens, does your organization have permission to use the land?
- If planting vegetables, how will the crops be used?
- For school projects, are there curriculum ties? If so, in what subjects?
- If the applicant is an environmental organization presenting to the school, have schools approached you requesting the program, or will you be initiating a new relationship?
- How does the education initiative support the teachers involved (if applicable)?
- What are the goals of the educational program? Is there any follow up with the participants following the activities?
- Is the education about environmental issues that are relevant to the local community? If it is focused on global or international issues, how is it being tied into the local environment?
- For community education projects, explain why it is relevant to the community
- How is the school and/or community involved with building the outdoor classroom? Will there be a dedicated space for learning activities?
- Has the applicant received permission from the school board?
- What courses/workshops will the outdoor classroom host? How will teachers be encouraged to use the space?
- Will there be a planting component to the outdoor classroom? If so, how will the plantings be maintained over the summer months?
- How will the outdoor classroom be shared with the community?
- Where is the planting taking place? Why is the project needed at this point?
- Who is involved in planning the project and in carrying out the planting?
- How will the organization engage the community?
- Please provide a plant list in your application detailing what native or non-native plants will be used and why (e.g., increase pollinators, provide shade, etc.)
- Who owns and/or manages the property? Has the organization obtained permission to plant?
- How will the site/trees be maintained?
- How will the organization educate the public about recycling/composting?
- How does the organization plan on encouraging recycling/composting?
- If the installation of recycling/compost bins is part of the project, what is the maintenance plan? Will the organization hire a service for disposing of the materials? How will you maintain funding for the program?
- If composting, how will the compost be used?
- If at a school, will there be any organized teacher training or professional development regarding natural playgrounds?
- Has there been any design work completed by a landscape architect or similar? Are the various elements integrated into one cohesive design?
- Was there any consultation with staff and/or students? Are there opportunities for student involvement in the project beyond use of the area as a play space?
- Is there a plan to measure or evaluate the use of the space?