Applying for Funding

Currently, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is taking applications for the Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund.

Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund

Supporting Participation in Provincial Consultations Considering the Expansion of Ontario’s Greenbelt 

The Province of Ontario has launched public consultations to consider expansion of the Greenbelt to protect important water systems facing pressure from urban growth and the effects of climate change. These consultations present a rare opportunity to engage Ontarians and various sectors to consider permanent protection of important water systems that provide drinking water to many communities, support agriculture and sustain ecosystem health in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

The provincial “Study Areas” which are the focus of the consultations involve a series of moraines, aquifers, wetlands, recharge lands, cold water streams and other features that have been identified as critical to maintaining clean and abundant local water supplies. The Study Areas are located to the west and north of the existing Greenbelt- encompassing Waterloo Region, City of Guelph, and Brant, Wellington, Dufferin and Simcoe Counties.

The new Provincial Growth Plan will relieve some development pressures on these local water supplies by directing growth to already built-up areas and avoiding the paving of more greenspace. However, the Greenbelt provides a higher standard of protection – directly prohibiting urbanization across large areas and ensuring landscapes with a high concentration of water features remain permeable and able to replenish groundwater supplies; filter pollutants; provide clean, base flows to rivers and lakes; and, store stormwater to minimize flooding.

Program Goal

The goal of the Greenbelt Expansion Consultation Fund is to enable civil society groups, Indigenous communities, agriculture, academia and others to fully engage in the provincial consultations and contribute to the development of important public policy. Our goal is to enable and/or enhance existing capacity among resource-constrained organizations to improve the quality of public participation and technical advice. While the Province has defined an initial set of criteria and Study Areas to consider for Greenbelt expansion, they are interested in additional areas they should consider for future expansion. The Fund will support a range of activities including:

  • Community engagement activities that inform members of the public about the consultations, discuss the issues and facilitate participation.
  • Participation in meetings, networks and other activities to enhance knowledge of the issues.
  • Review of provincial criteria used to develop the proposed Study Areas.
  • Research and evidence gathering to bring additional information, criteria or Study Areas forward.
  • Increase understanding of the impact of climate change on water resources in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
  • Attendance at provincial Open Houses and completion of formal submissions under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Provincial consultations are open for 90-days, concluding March 7, 2018. For details please visit the government’s website: Protecting Water for Future Generations: Growing the Greenbelt in the outer ring

For information on a larger community proposal for Greenbelt expansion please visit:

Please note that the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a non-partisan, registered charity, separate from government, and has no formal role in the government's consultation process.

Application Guidelines and Procedures

Organizational Eligibility: Organizations can apply individually or in collaboration with others. Lead applicants must be a registered charity or non-profit organization.

Funding Available: Funding of individual requests will generally be limited to amounts up to $25,000. However, funding requests exceeding that limit may be considered in exceptional circumstances with a strong proposal and depending on overall funding requests.

Deadlines: Proposals can be submitted as of January 8, 2018. Proposals will be considered as they are submitted. All proposals must be submitted online to

Decisions are expected to be made in a timely manner and recognize provincial consultation timelines. However, we also expect public engagement on this issue to continue until a final decision is announced by the government. Subsequently, activities outlined in funding proposals can extend beyond the March 7, 2018 provincial consultation deadline.

Submitting a Proposal

Please read the following before submitting a request for funding. We encourage all prospective applicants to contact us and discuss their idea and proposed activities, prior to submitting an application.

Please contact Shelley Petrie, Program Director at or 416-960-0001 ext. 308 to schedule a call in advance.

To be considered for funding the following information is required:

  1. Executive Summary (1/2 page maximum): Summarize the purpose, main objectives and expected outcomes and results from undertaking the project.
  2. Project Description and Methodology (2 page maximum): Clearly outline the purpose, goal and main objectives about what you are trying to achieve, the main activities you will undertake to achieve your objectives, key positions, partners and people involved in the project, and how you will measure results. Include information on communication goals and activities.
  3. Project Rationale (1/2 page maximum): State why this work is important and how it helps the Foundation achieve its broader goals.
  4. Risk Assessment (1/2 page maximum): Provide a risk assessment and mitigation strategy in case project expectations change.
  5. Evaluation Plan (1 page maximum): Outline what will change as a result of your organization’s work. List expected results and describe a plan for tracking and measuring progress and the success of your project. Take the time to understand the difference between immediate outputs (the straight reporting of numbers - held 10 workshops, published a report); outcomes (how your target audiences have or will benefit from the project); and, longer-term impact (what change has or will happen in the broader community).
  6. Organizational Expertise and History (1/2 page maximum): Provide information on your organization’s capacity and expertise to undertake and complete the project.
  7. Complete and submit the following templates and documents with your proposal:

All proposals must be on organizational letterhead and signed by the Executive Director or other appropriate personnel. All proposals must be submitted using 2-sided, letter sized paper and 12-point text. Proposals must be submitted electronically to


As the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, funding cannot be made to individuals and for-profit businesses. Funding can only be made to registered Canadian charities or other qualified donees such as, incorporated not-for-profit organizations with audited financial statements.

If you have an idea that meets our goals but your group does not qualify, please contact us. We may be able to offer support and assistance in other ways. The Foundation reserves the right to support any appropriate initiative that we deem to be relevant to our mission.

Overhead costs of up to 10% of the total requested project budget will be supported. The Foundation requires that all funding recipients submit audited financial statements before funding can be approved.

Eligible Activities Ineligible Activities
  • Overhead
  • Contract and professional service costs
  • Human resource costs, including salary and benefits
  • Materials and supplies
  • Planning
  • Translation, printing, production, and distribution costs
  • Travel
  • Primary research
  • Buildings and infrastructure
  • Capital campaigns
  • Deficit financing
  • Land claim disputes
  • Endowments
  • Establishment of new farmers’ markets
  • Land claim disputes
  • Projects occurring outside the Greater Golden Horseshoe
  • Sponsorships, festivals, and events                                             
  • Projects undertaken by other levels of government and government agencies
  • Staff costs higher than $130/hour
  • General management costs for the recipient or grantees, including board and committee meetings that are not specific to the Project issues
  • Legal costs not necessary for the Project
  • Costs of alcohol
  • Costs of travel outside Ontario
  • Costs associated with preparing and submitting grant proposals and letters of intent unless funding is given for a planning grant or feasibility study
  • Refundable expenses


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