List of Canadian Grants

National Grants

The North Face's Explore Fund

The Explore Fund will support organizations (charity status) that encourage youth outdoor participation, focusing primarily on creating more connections of children to nature, increasing access to both front & backcountry recreation, as well as providing education for both personal & environmental health. Grants will be given up to $2,500. (Deadline is usually in May each year)

Mountain Equipment Co-Op’s Access and Activity Grant

Funding from MEC ranges from $500-$15,000 for programs, initiatives and infrastructure projects that encourage backcountry, urban and near-urban outdoor recreation. Annual application dates: March 10 and September 10

Canadian Environment Assessment Agency’s Participant Funding Program
Supports individuals and non-profits who want to participate in an Environmental Assessment

Canadian Geological Foundation
Three tiered funding for various geology-related projects. Deadline for application is March every year.

Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program
Funds projects that will protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment, and build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. Maximum funding of $100,000, with funding match in kind.

Environment Canada's Species at Risk Habitat Stewardship
Selected projects protect or conserve habitats for species listed as "at risk" (endangered, threatened or of special concern) under the Species at Risk Act. These activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada. The program also fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery of species at risk.

TD Bank’s Friends of the Environment Foundation
Provides funding for non-profits with a charitable registration number for tax credits. Various funding amounts

Evergreen - Walmart Grant
Environmental and restoration focused grants including planting of native species, rehabilitation of wildlife, and invasive species removal. Up to 50% of project budget, up to $10,000.

Mclean Foundation
General grant organization, with some projects conservation focused.

Farm Credit Canada
Focuses on rural community development, including recreation centres and community green spaces.

Alberta Specific

Alberta Ecotrust
Various community or region based conservation focused grants.

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia Trail Maintenance Program
The Trail Maintenance Program will provide funding to groups who are involved in regular maintenance as well as emergency funding to groups who have experienced major maintenance issues due to fire, flooding, hurricanes, etc.

Ontario Specific

Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion’s Healthy Communities Fund
Funding varies depending on stream (regional/province wide) and project type.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grants
Non-profits without share capital are eligible. The focus is on communities, getting people active, and increasing volunteerism. Funding depends on project—both small and large capital grants

Québec Specific

Ministère des Ressources Naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, « Le Volet II »
Programme de mise en valeur des ressources du milieu forestier.

Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire, « Pacte Rural »

La Cordée « Retour aux Sources »

Ministère du Tourisme du Québec
Programme d'aide stratégique aux projets touristiques

Ministère de l’Éducation, Loisirs et Sports du Québec
Fonds pour le développement du sport et de l’activité physique

Centre Local de Développement (CLD)

Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l’Environnement

Fondation Desjardins

This is an ongoing project! If your club or organization knows of any other relevant grants that aren’t listed here, contact us.