Sources of Funding for Outdoor Learning

You have a great idea, now you want to make it reality. Build your team of teachers, parents, community members – you may find that much of the needed expertise and resources are readily available at little or no cost. Local businesses may be willing to donate materials or give discounts. However, you will most likely need some money in addition to these donations of time, expertise and materials. Fortunately, there are a number of funders that are interested in your application!

Here are some major funders of projects in New Brunswick (you may also want to check your local Community Foundation and other sources):

  • New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund

    New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund

    Who can apply: community groups, NB municipalities, non-profit NB organizations, and institutions furthering sustainable development.

    Types of projects: action-oriented projects in environmental protection, restoration, sustainable development, conservation, education, and beautification.

    Application deadline: December; check each year for exact date.

  • New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund

    New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund

    Types of projects: fish and wildlife enhancement projects and conservation education programs.

    Application deadline:  May 1 and December 1, every year.

  • TD Friends of the Environment

    TD Friends of the Environment

    Who can apply:  registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN), educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary), municipalities, Aboriginal groups.

    Types of projects: environmental education, enhancing biodiversity, energy conservation (such as community gardens, outdoor classrooms, wildlife/habitat protection and restoration, recycling/composting programs, tree plantings and urban naturalization, energy conservation/renewable energy, research projects).

    Application deadline: There are four application cycles per year. Check TD FEF Funding for the exact dates.

    TD FEF also offers Leaderships Grants to enhance the organizational capacity of environmental charities by providing funding for training and development opportunities for leaders.

  • Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants

    Walmart – Evergreen Green Grants

    Who can apply: community groups and non-profit organizations working collaboratively with a local municipality, institutional or other project partner(s). Projects must be located on publicly accessible lands (but not school board property – for these projects, see School Ground Greening Grants).

    Types of projects: community-based projects, such as native planting initiatives, invasive species removal, community food gardens, youth-based and intergenerational projects, habitat restoration, aquatic stewardship projects, environmental and skills-sharing workshops, educational events, projects serving underserved communities.

    Amounts offered:  $3,500, $5,000 $10,000

    Application deadline:  check website for deadline

  • Toyota – Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants

    Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants

    Who can apply:  publicly funded schools and not-for-profit daycares with grounds that are publicly accessible (greater community included) outside of school/daycare hours.

    Types of projects: outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature (including food gardens, native plants, seating and other structures).

    Amount offered:  $500–$3,500 for schools; $500–$2,000 for daycares.

    Application deadline:  4 applications cycles each year - see website for details.

  • RBC – Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

    RBC – Evergreen Watershed Champions Award

    Who can apply:  publicly-funded schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Multiple classes or schools may collaborate on lessons and water stewardship activities.

    Types of projects: Demonstrate how your class is learning about and caring for your local watershed, and your school could win funding to further enhance its environmental initiatives.

    Awards offered: 1 Grand Prize Award (Grades K–12) – $3,500; 4 Elementary Awards (Grades K–6) – $2,500; 4 Intermediate/Secondary Awards (Grades 7–12) – $2,500.

    Application deadline: applications for 2014-2015 accepted from Sept. 2014 to April 17, 2015 5pm EST. Awards will also be offered for the 2015–2016 school year.

  • Other Funding Sources

    Environment Canada

    Environment Canada has a wide range of funding programs. Explore Funding Programs, in particular, EcoAction. Environment Canada also hosts a Green Source Funding Database.

    Canadian Wildlife Federation

    Who can apply: you must be affiliated with a registered charitable nonprofit organization. Students submitting applications must provide the charitable registration number of the University with which they are affiliated.

    Types of projects: conservation and educational programs related to wildlife and research.

    Amount offered: typically $500 to $5,000

    Application deadline:  September 1


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