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Alberta Conservation Association

Funding is provided for projects that conserve, enhance or create wildlife habitat.

Phone: (780) 427-7830


Alberta Teachers' Association Canada

Environment and Outdoor Education Council. Visit their website for a full list of organizations and resources available to teachers and students.

Phone: 1-800-232-7208


Banks: Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, TD Canada Trust

Contact local branches for funding information.


Canadian Wildlife Federation

CWF provides Habitat 2000 funding for school projects of up to $200 per class to a maximum of $500 per school. Funding is available for supplies such as native plants, seeds, lumber, hardware and garbage bags. Information about wildlife habitat education programmes for schools and Habitat 2000 funding application forms can be found on CWF's website or by contacting CWF at:

Canadian Wildlife Federation
2740, Queensview Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 1A2
Phone: (613) 721-2286 1 (800) 563-WILD
Fax: (613) 721-2902


The Chawkers Foundation

This foundation funds environmental and educational projects.

41 Union Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1M 1R5
Contact: Charles S. Alexander, President
Phone: (613) 741-1440


City of Vancouver - Community Public Art Program Canada

This program will fund sculptures and earthworks installed in parks, public spaces (e.g. schools) and in Greenways. This program is open to any combination of artists and design professionals, residents, non-profit community, neighbourhood or arts organizations wishing to collaborate on art work for public sites in Vancouver.

Please call for details before applying.
Contact: Lorenz von Fersen
Phone: (604)871-6005


Community Foundations

Municipalities often maintain up-to-date lists of local organizations. Contact the municipal or township clerk and politicians such as school board trustees, municipal councillors, MPPs and MPs for information about local community foundations. The following entry is an example of a municipal environmental funding programme.


Community Environmental Projects Grants Programme

This programme provides up to $10,000 for small-scale, community-based initiatives that are managed by non-profit organizations in the areas of solid waste diversion, tree-planting, water efficiency, wastewater and the water environment. Deadlines: Spring and Autumn. The funding is available for the City of Ottawa only.

Environmental Services Department
111, Lisgar Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 2L7
Phone: (613) 560-6065 ext. 2612


Enbridge Pipelines Environmental Initiative Program

The Environmental Initiative Program (EIP) is designed to help community-based groups along our pipeline route turn environmental commitment and ideas into action. We provide grants to qualifying projects that enhance and protect the environment as well as increase the awareness of the benefits of being environmentally responsible.

Enbridge Pipelines will provide a grant of up to $5,000 representing full or partial funding for each approved project, based on the following criteria:

  • effectiveness in contributing to the EIP's objectives
  • a realistic estimate of total costs
  • the viability and extent of volunteer support that will be offered either by the applicant and/or the community at large

    Projects must also conform to the following five criteria set forth in Enbridge Pipelines' Contribution Policy:

  • applicants must be non-profit
  • applicants must not be sports organizations
  • projects must offer unlimited public access
  • grants will not be made to individuals
  • support will be directed to communities along our pipeline route in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories

    The annual deadline is March 31st.

    For more information contact Scott Brummet.



    Federation of Ontario Naturalists

    The FONís Teaching Naturally Program has resources for both the indoor and outdoor classroom aimed at teachers, parents and students. Other offerings include the Ask the Naturalist program, pamphlets on backyard habitat and naturalization, and teacher training workshops.

    355 Lesmill Road
    Don Mills, Ontario
    M3B 2W8
    Phone: (416) 444-8419 x269/ 1-800-440-2366
    Fax: (416) 444-9866


    The Fort Whyte Centre

    The Fort Whyte Centre is committed to school and public environmental education and outdoor recreation programs that promote awareness and understanding of the natural world and actions leading to sustainable living.

    1961 McCreary Road
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    R3P 2K9, Canada
    Phone: (204) 989-8355
    Fax: (204) 895-4700


    Home Depot

    Contact your local retail store for details.


    Local Private Sector

    Approach local businesses and ask for financial or in-kind support for your project.


    Mountain Equipment Co-op Environmental Fund

    MEC provides grants for land acquisitions for conservation, education, public access/recreational use, environmental research and studentships. Reviewed January 31st and September 30th.

    Attention: Julie Davidson, Programme Coordinator
    1665, West 3rd Avenue
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    V6J 1K1
    Phone: (604) 732-1989
    Fax: (604) 731-6483


    National Wildlife Federation
    The National Wildlife Federation has put together an excellent resource on fundraising for Schoolyard Habitats at:

    This page includes a link to a pdf file that lists funding sources.


    Ontario stewardship councils

    Stewardship councils in Ontario provide financial help, expertise, equipment and materials for volunteer projects that will aid fish and wildlife in the province and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation. Projects can be submitted through an Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) employee by January 31st of each year.


    Seedsational Garden Botanicals (SGB)

    SGB offers a fundraising opportunity, not a grant. Schools can obtain discounts on seed packages which schools can sell as part of their fundraising efforts. A how-to brochure and examples of other schools' fundraising efforts are available. Phone for a listing of seed package prices.

    2301 Stowood Rd.
    Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia
    V0R 2W0
    Contact: Fiona Weber
    Phone: 1-888-743-8281


    Service Groups

    Groups such as the Kiwanis, Rotary Clubs, Kinsman, Lions Club, Women's Institute, etc. can help with funding and in-kind services. Contact local service groups for information.


    TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

    See the TD Friends of the Environment Website for funding details, online application, and regional contacts for your location. Grants currently do not exceed $10,000. Applications are reviewed throughout the year.


    Trans Mountain Pipeline Co. Ltd. Canada

    This company funds projects situated within one or two kilometres of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. Call for details if your school is located close to the pipeline.

    Phone: (604) 739-5000


    Wildlife Habitat Canada

    WHC funds 25% to 35% of the overall project budget. Proposals for funding are accepted from individuals, private businesses and non-government organizations working towards the conservation, restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat across Canada. Applicants are encouraged to contact WHC to determine project eligibility prior to submitting an application.

    7 Hinton Avenue North, Suite 200
    Ottawa, Ontqrio
    K1Y 4P1
    Phone: (613) 722-2090


    World Wildlife Fund Canada

    In addition to its conservation programs, WWF has a strong education program called Schools for Wildlife. Through the support of concerned educators, WWF reaches thousands of classrooms and clubs throughout the school year with conservation-oriented curriculum.

    245, Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 410
    Toronto, Ontario
    M4P 3J1
    Phone: (416) 489-8800
    Fax: (416) 489-3611

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