Grape Growers of Ontario

celebrity-luncheon-2012-grapegrowersofontario.jpgCelebrity Luncheon 2013
$10,000 - February 5, 2013

The grant will support the annual Celebrity Luncheon as part of the kick-off to the 2013 Niagara Wine Festival.  This event is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food, and 100% Ontario wine.



strategic-planning-oak-ridges-moraine.jpgStrategic Planning on the Oak Ridges Moraine
$10,000 - January 4, 2013
This is a capacity grant to help Ecospark develop strategic and organizational goals for the Oak Ridges Moraine, as part of their new five-year strategic plan. The project will ensure Ecospark maximizes their reach, impact and leadership on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt.

Credit Valley Conservation

peter-orphanos-memorial.jpgPeter Orphanos Memorial
$5,000 - December 21, 2012

This funding recognizes the contributions by the late Peter Orphanos to the Greenbelt and the Credit Valley. A memorial tree and plaque unveiling on April 21st commemorates Peter’s legacy.  A community tree planting event follows.



Waterfront Regeneration Trust

greenbelt-cylcing-route.jpgGreenbelt Cylcing Route
$436,480 - December 13, 2012

The project connects visitors and residents to Ontario's Greenbelt through a continuous 600km cycling route that traverses seven Greenbelt regions from Northumberland to Niagara. The Route is intended for recreational cyclists and will encourage exploration of Greenbelt attractions, including nature, farms and rural towns. Partnerships with municipalities will ensure permanent maintenance, signage and marketing of the route. Other partnerships include local tourism operators and accommodation and restaurant spots through the Welcome Cyclist Network. The project has economic outcomes, as was demonstrated in 2007 when 1.5 million Canadian visitors spent $303 million on cycle tourism in Ontario.


Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association

community-conservation-and-stewardship-plan.jpgCommunity Conservation and Stewardship Plan
$87,000 - December 13, 2012

The grant helps strengthen the protection of the Northern Bruce Peninsula’s natural landscape by developing and championing a community conservation and stewardship plan. The plan will achieve measureable improvements to the ecological integrity of the area, enhance the capacity of community members to be more active stewards of the landscape, and deepen community connections with the Greenbelt.


Ontario Nature

roots-greenblet-phase-ii.jpgRoots of the Greenblet, Phase II
$75,000 - December 13, 2012

The project raises awareness of, and support for natural heritage system planning in the region, enabling stronger connections with natural heritage inside and outside the Greenbelt. The project works closely with municipal planners, conservation groups and ENGOs and encourages protection in areas facing future development (e.g. Whitebelt, Simcoe County).  Major activities include: 1) identification and documentation of leading-edge practices and the conditions under which these approaches were possible; and 2) the development and dissemination of a best practices guide to natural heritage system planning.


Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association

farming-power-green-energy-innovation-greenbelt.jpgFarming Power-Green Energy Innovation in the Greenbelt
$150,000 - December 13, 2012

The project involves a cost-share program to support Greenbelt farmers in adopting energy efficiency Best Management Practices. The program is an evolution of the Environmental Farm Plan, utilizing a cost-benefit analysis that rewards projects that achieve the greatest energy efficiency targets for the best price. Approximately 30 farm businesses will benefit directly from the program. Farmers will be recognized for their achievements and participation in this new program through an award ceremony.


Toronto Environmental Alliance

engaging-communities-urban-river-valley-amendment.jpgEngaging Communities on Urban River Valley Amendment
$5,000 - December 3, 2012

With this grant Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) engages communities on proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan that will add provincially owned lands in Oakville and a new Urban River Valley designation.


Greenbelt Fund

regional-food-hub-project.jpgRegional Food Hub Project
$75,000 - September 21, 2012

Funding is provided to the Greenbelt Fund to establish a regional food hub pilot for the Greater Toronto Area in order to meet consumer demand for local food. The hub will open the door for small and mid-scale farmers, and those with differentiated products, to gain access to the marketplace where the majority of food spending occurs. This project confirms partnerships and develops an implementation plan to carry out the pilot.


Ontario Nature

roots-greenbelt-planning-grant.jpgRoots of the Greenbelt-Planning Grant
$10,000 - July 25, 2012
This funding will allow Ontario Nature to take the preliminary steps towards developing a best practice guide to natural heritage systems planning. Working with municipal planners and conservation groups towards its development, the guide will achieve successful natural heritage system planning in municipalities, creating strong natural connections between natural heritage features and systems protected in the Greenbelt and its surrounding area.

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