Resilient Greenbelt

Working with Nature to Increase Public Benefits from Ontario's Greenbelt and Regional Resiliency. 

The Greenbelt's natural resources and river valleys provide tremendous benefits to rural and urban residents in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as a return of $3.2 billion annually in flood protection, fresh water, clean air, local food, and the enjoyment of nature. The Greenbelt contains some of the best agricultural soils in the country, which sustain an important industry and local food supply, forests that provide clean air for the region, the Oak Ridges Moraine which replenishes water supplies, the iconic Niagara Escarpment, and much more.

As the population and urbanization of the region expands, the economic, environmental and quality of life solutions delivered by the Greenbelt will only become more important. Through a climate mitigation and adaptation lens, the health of the Greenbelt and its river valleys is essential to improving resilience in the region.

The Resilient Greenbelt funding stream encourages investments in the Greenbelt's already available natural solutions - for a greater return on environment. Without care and investment these systems will degrade, as will the public benefits they currently provide. In the long-term, directing the majority of growth to already built-up areas will ensure the Greenbelt remains protected and productive. 

Program Goal

The goal of the Resilient Greenbelt funding program is to:

  1. Restore and enhance Greenbelt natural and water resource systems.
  2. Maintain and improve the health of agricultural soils.
  3. Advance the use of natural solutions and climate resiliency tools such as green infrastructure, carbon sequestration or other activities.
  4. Minimize fragmentation of the Greenbelt landscape, and enhance connectivity with broader regional landscapes.
  5. Engage the public in enhancing Greenbelt systems and determining how the region will grow.

Resilient Greenbelt will support a range of activities including:

  • Monitoring the health of Greenbelt systems.
  • Identifying restoration and enhancement priorities for the Greenbelt's natural and water resource systems. 
  • Determining best practices in maintaining and improving the health of agricultural soils. 
  • Developing the business case and/or data to support restoration and enhancement priorities.
  • Integrating natural solutions such as green infrastructure, carbon sequestration, agricultural best practices, or other activities in existing municipal or community-based programs.
  • Researching and mapping priorities to strengthen the biodiversity of the Greenbelt.
  • Engaging the public and communities to identify opportunities to create resilient communities.
  • Evaluating land use patterns and impacts on agricultural and natural systems, and climate resiliency.
  • Proposing solutions to ongoing challenges that may impact the health and integrity of the Greenbelt.

Please review the Foundation’s 2018 Grant Guidelines and application deadlines before submitting an application. Applications are submitted online through the Foundation’s grant portal. All applicants must first register through the portal and complete an eligibility quiz. We encourage all potential applicants to contact the Foundation and discuss your idea prior to submitting a funding request. Please contact program@greenbelt.ca and (416) 960-0001 ext. 310 to schedule a call with the Grant team in advance.

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. 

This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.

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