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PARTNERS AND FUNDING
The following list of potential partners or funding sources for habitat projects is by no means exhaustive, and some sources listed may not be appropriate for your particular project. Consider these suggestions but also think about other organizations and groups within your community who might be interested in sponsoring your habitat project.
Approaching Local Businesses
Businesses like to be involved in community projects. Ask them if they're interested in supplying you with materials and equipment. In return, you can give them free publicity by acknowledging their contribution in a newsletter. Or you can erect a sign at your project site which says, "This project was made possible with help from (name of sponsor)." It's also a good idea to send thank-you notes to sponsors.
Some businesses you could contact and the materials they could supply:
ORGANIZING A COMMUNITY PROJECT
There are several steps involved in putting together a successful community habitat project. If you go through these steps thoroughly, you'll very likely create a worthwhile project that will benefit both your community and local wildlife.
Remember the little details
As you move your project through its various stages, don't forget small but important details:
SOURCE: WILD ABOUT GARDENING www.wildaboutgardening.org
PROPOSAL WRITING TIPS
Fundraising is an essential part of most greening projects. Remember to look first to your own community for funding. Contact local organizations such as Rotary and Lions Clubs as well as local businesses for contributions of in-kind goods, services and cash donations. Every funding organization has specific requirements and often has a deadline for applications. Call them directly for more information.
Developing the Proposal
SOURCE: EVERGREEN FOUNDATION
POSSIBLE FUNDING SOURCES FOR SCHOOL GROUND AND COMMUNITY PLANTING PROJECTS
TD provides funding for environment and wildlife initiatives carried out by schools across Canada. Examples include compost programs, tree planting initiatives, school gardens, education programs for children, urban renewal projects, wildlife rehabilitation, and environmental cleanups.. Donations can range from less than $1,000 to more than $25,000 based on the scope of the project and how well the project meets the funding criteria. For more info, check out www.tdfef.com .
2. Evergreen Foundation
Evergreen is one of Canada's leading funders of community and school greening projects. Since 1991 they have provided over $5.7 million worth of funds to more than 2,500 projects across Canada, ranging from wetland restoration to school ground food gardens.
If your school or community is planning a greening project, check out our grant programs to learn how Evergreen can help. In addition to funding, they also provide training, design and maintenance advice, and a range of print and online resources to ensure the success of your project.
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants
For schools wishing to create outdoor classrooms and food gardens to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.
Amount: $500 to $3,500 for publicly funded Canadian schools (JK-Grade 12); $500 to $2,000 for not-for-profit daycares
Evergreen's Common Grounds Grants are offered to support community groups in protecting and restoring urban green spaces. All proposed projects must be open to the community, should have a strong volunteer-involvement component, and must be located entirely on publicly accessible lands.
Community groups must be working in partnership with their local municipality or other institutional partner such as federal or provincial government agencies, crown corporations or publicly funded institutions (such as a university or hospital).
Projects on school grounds are not eligible for the grant programs below, but schools or school groups may be eligible if they are undertaking projects in parks or other publicly accessible lands, in partnership with other community organizations.
Walmart - Evergreen Green Grants
These grants are designed for community-based restoration and stewardship initiatives in urban and urbanizing areas, including naturalization, restoration and stewardship, and community food gardens.
Amount: Up to $10,000
The Rebuilding Nature Grant Program
Supported by The Home Depot Canada Foundation and led by Evergreen
For community groups to cover the costs of tools and building projects, native plants and trees, and other expenses in support of environmental stewardship projects.
Amount: $1,000, $3,000 or $12,000 plus $2,000 in The Home Depot gift cards
For community-driven restoration initiatives, as well as education projects that promote the wise use of water resources through educational and hands-on activities.
Amount: $3,500 to $10,000
For more information on these grants, go to www.evergreen.ca
3. The Home Depot Canada Foundation Community Grant Program
The Home Depot Canada Foundation grant awards grants up to $5,000 to Canadian registered charitable organizations or municipalities undertaking affordable, sustainable local neighbourhood improvement projects that incorporate environmentally responsible practices. Grants are made in the form of cash and/or Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools and materials. Eligible projects include building, rebuilding, painting, refurbishing, landscaping and planting. Preference is given to projects that make use of volunteer service.
For more info, go to www.homedepot.ca/foundation
4. Aboriginal Peoples' Program Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth
CCAY provides funding for accessible, community=based, culturally -focused beautification projects that involve aboriginal youth aged 10-24 that promote cultural development, community engagement, leadership development, youth engagement and life skills and wellness. Projects should be in partnership with aboriginal organizations or advisory committees and should be located in an off-reserve, urban or northern community whose population is over 1,000.
For more information, go to www.canadianheritage.gc.ca
5. Ontario Horticultural Association Special Project Fund
OHA provides $500 grants to its Societies for projects that involve long lasting benefit to individual Societies or community such as the planting of trees and shrubs and perennials. It does not cover the purchase of annuals or hardscaping materials.
For more information visit www.gardenontario.org
6. Canadian Tire Community Environmental Award Program
This fund provides funds of up to $10, 000 for community-based projects which provide a significant, positive contribution to improving the environment in communities across Canada where Canadian Tire stores are located. Canadian Tire Associate Store employees sponsor award applications from non-profit organizations they support.
For more info, contact your local Canadian Tire Store.
7. Tree Canada
Tree Canada and FedEx work together to make Canadian schools cleaner, greener places by providing up to $10, 000 towards the transformation of school grounds into environmentally enriched learning landscapes. They have no set deadlines for applications.
For more information, go to www.treecanada.ca
8. WILD Education
The program through the Canadian Wildlife Federation provides funding to a maximum of $2000 per class and $500 per school for habitat projects that use native plants, trees and shrubs. All ages of school children are eligible.
For more information, go to www.wildeducation.org
9. Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund
In partnership with Sobeys this fund provides grants up to $20, 000 depending on the project requirements to support local environmental initiatives and projects in Ontario.
For more information, go to www.earthday.ca/environfund
10. Canadian Biodiversity Institute
The Institute provides funds for School grounds transformation projects. Requests should address health and safety benefits of project along with environmental and educational benefits
For more information, go to www.biodiversityonline.ca
11. Laidlaw Foundation
This fund provides incentive grants for organizations to increase youth involvement in their community.
For more information, go to www.laidlawfdn.org
12. Fiskars Project Orange Thumb
Project Orange Thumb is committed to encouraging, sharing and inspiring creative expression in gardening projects that contribute to neighbourhood beautification, community involvement, horticultural education and sustainable agriculture.
For more information, go to http://projectorangethumb.com
13. Communities in Action Fund (CIAF)
This fund aims to bring about physical activity through community sport and recreation (such as gardening) in Ontario.
For more information, go to www.mhp.gov.on.ca
14. Ontario Trillium Foundation
This foundation provides funding for projects that are accessed by the entire community. They also provide capital funding for improvements to existing projects as well. Partnerships are favoured. This is a great source for funding the creation of community gardens.
For more information, go to www.trilliumfoundation.org
This fund, operated by Environment Canada, supports programs that protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment and build the capacity of communities to sustain activities in the future. Deadlines are February 1st and October 1st of each calendar year.
For more information, go to www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction
16. The Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation
This foundation provides funding for projects and programs for people with intellectual disabilities. Other areas of interest include Alzheimer's disease and community organizations assisting the disadvantaged. Deadlines for submissions are April 15th and October 1st. This is a great source of funding for large permanent shade structures for sensory and/or therapy gardens. Grants range from $2,000-$30,000, many on a matching grant basis.
For more information, go to www.harryefosterfoundation.org
17. Shell Environment Fund
This fund provides monies for projects that propose innovative, action-oriented ways of improving and protecting the Canadian environment.
For more information, go to www.shell.ca
18. Green Apple School Program
This program was created by Metro to encourage students to participate in the development of a healthier environment. They award grants of $1,000 to elementary and high schools with ideas for green projects in their communities.
For more information, go to www.greenapplegrants.ca
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