Environmental Grants Program
2023 Deadline: TBD
Our Environmental Grants Program focuses on bringing more partners together in our community to create a collaborative approach to meeting the environmental challenges we are facing.
In 2022, we are privileged to enhance our existing Environmental Grants Program, made possible through a generous gift from Dorothea Thomas Foundation. "Grow Sustainability" NOT "Sustain Growth" is the vision of this new endowment fund at the Niagara Community Foundation. Pooled with other generous funds, the enhanced Environmental Grants Program will impact environmental work across Niagara.
Our Grants Program supports Rural and Urban environment projects. Additionally, we welcome applications from Volunteer Groups and Youth Led Initiatives that meet the eligibility requirements.
Grant Making Priorities
- Retain, reclaim and limit human impact on environmentally sensitive areas
- Protect, restore and enhance environmental integrity of the shorelines
- Protect and/or improve the water of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and related tributaries
- Protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife
- Establish and/or enhance rural and urban space, tree planting/urban canopies which are linked to water quality
- Provide education and awareness of the above listed priorities
- Protect, restore and enhance environmental integrity of features in our natural heritage system to build resiliency
- Protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat areas and corridors
- Establish/enhance/restore natural heritage system and the removal of invasive species
- A portion of funding may be available for the following:
- Support “Life Cycle Cost” assessment (environmental and economic) of government and industrial policies and practices.
Projects must also reflect one or more of the following:
- Foster cooperative approaches to environmental issues
- Address an identifiable environmental need
- Involve members of the community to be served in the design and implementation of the program
- Show evidence of sustainability and/or on-going monitoring (if appropriate for the project)
Minimum Governance Practices for Grant Applicants:
Charities applying for grants need to have 8 out of 14 of the following governance practices in place to be eligible to apply for a grant from NCF. This is our first step of any application, ensuring that the charities that we grant to have the capacity to manage and execute on grants received. If a minimum of 8 practices are not in place, a charity is allowed to apply once and the charity is directed to appropriate resources and support to address these gaps.
The items marked with an asterisk * are compulsory items.
- * The organization has written HR management policies that comply, at minimum, with employment, health and safety, and other applicable legislation.
- *Does the board approve an annual budget?
- Does the board review actual to budget at least twice a year?
- *Does the board meet a minimum of 3 times annually?
- Are board policies reviewed at least every 4 years?
- *Is there a policy that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of board and officers?
- Are there fixed terms for board members?
- Has a strategic plan been developed in the last 4 years?
- Does the board annually review progress on achieving strategic plan goals and adjust plan to reflect progress and new opportunities?
- *Is ED/CEO performance reviewed annually?
- Is a board evaluation undertaken annually?
- Is there an interim succession plan in place or being developed in the unexpected changeover in organization leadership?
- Is there a conflict of interest policy?
- Is there a reserve policy?
All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before the deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org .Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation.