2021 Call for Proposals Now Open.

Important Deadline:

Immediate Opportunities

Our Funding Program

The Greenbelt Foundation has been the champion of Ontario’s Greenbelt contributing to thriving local food and agriculture sectors, strong rural economies, climate-resilient communities, and accessible greenspace for one in three Canadians who call the Greater Golden Horseshoe home. The Foundation’ mandate has expanded to incorporate the priorities and work of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation.

We currently are accepting applications for our Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt funding streams under our Spring Grant Round, and an immediate strategic opportunity to Grow the Greenbelt

Under our Spring Grant Round, we are interested in projects that address the cumulative impacts of the pandemic, climate change and urban development pressures to enhance the health of the Greenbelt's natural systems and support local agriculture. Our 2021 priorities include increasing natural cover and ecological connectivity in the Greenbelt through native tree, shrub and vegetation plantings; enhancing opportunities to experience the Greenbelt’s natural areas, trails and local food, supporting a strong return of visitors; and investments in nature-based climate solutions and the restoration economy.  

Indigenous communities have strong cultural ties to the Greenbelt’s agriculture, water and natural landscapes. The Foundation is committed to strengthening our relationships with local Indigenous peoples and acknowledge and respect the critical contributions of Indigenous knowledge and leadership.

Under our Growing the Greenbelt funding stream we are interested in projects that will support the Province of Ontario’s public consultations to consider the size and quality of the Greenbelt. Projects should address the Initial Focus Areas and Other Provincial Priorities outlined in the recent Environment Registry Ontario posting: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-3136

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Funding Deadlines

Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt Program:

  • Eligibility: Funding Program is open to Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt programs. 
  • LOI Deadline: March 10th, 2021, at 5:00p.m
  • Full Proposal Deadline: April 21st, 2021
  • Funding Decision: June 2021

Growing the Greenbelt Program:

  • Eligibility: Funding Program is open to Growing the Greenbelt programs. 
  • LOI Deadline: There is no application deadline. Letters of Intent can be submitted beginning Tuesday, February 23, 2021.
  • All projects activities and deliverables must be completed by June 30th, 2021. Provincial consultations close April 19, 2021.

Submission Process

STEP 1: Review our Grant Guidelines and FAQs.

STEP 2: Complete an eligibility quiz on the grant portal to be able to register.

STEP 3: Register your organization on the grant portal.

STEP 4: You will receive a confirmation of your registration and invitation to submit an application within 2 business days.

STEP 5: Submit your application through the grant portal.

STEP 6: Foundation staff will contact you with the decision regarding your proposal.

We encourage you to contact the Foundation staff to discuss your proposal prior to submitting a funding request. Please contact [email protected] and (416) 960-0001 ext. 310 or 341 to schedule a call with the Grants team.

Ready to start applying for a grant?

Visit our grant portal to get started. If you have any questions, feel free to read our grant application FAQs below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To better assist you in getting the information you need, we've compiled a selection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). For more information, please feel free to contact us.


    What doesn’t Greenbelt Foundation fund?

    Typically, the Foundation does not consider requests for:

    • Buildings and infrastructure (i.e. bricks, mortar)
    • Deficit financing
    • Land claim disputes
    • Establishment of new farmers' markets
    • Projects occurring outside the Greenbelt region
    • Projects that are solely sponsorships, festivals, and events
    • 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

    Who is eligible to apply?

    Charities and incorporated not for profit organizations are eligible to apply. However, the Foundation does not fund individuals.

    Do you fund municipalities or other government (tax supported) bodies?

    In certain circumstances, the Foundation does fund municipal governments to undertake innovative and leading-edge projects that benefit the Greenbelt.

    Does the Foundation consider multi-year grants? What are the criteria?

    Yes, we do consider multi-year grants for compelling and appropriate proposals. Multi-year grants are dependent on the availability of funds.

    What is the maximum grant my organization can apply for?

    It is more useful to think in terms of applying for what your organization needs rather than applying for the maximum. If you have specific questions about the amount of your particular request, feel free to contact us.

    Does the Foundation fund salary and administration costs?

    Yes, the Foundation funds salary and administration costs for hiring new staff or extending the existing hours of current staff required to carry out the project. A reasonable proportion of management staff time for supervision will also be considered.

    Does the Foundation fund projects that occur outside of the Greenbelt?

    It is essential that each project has an obvious relation to, and direct impact on the Greenbelt.

    Do you require matching funds?

    Matching funds are encouraged, not required. However, the Foundation tracks the amount of funds leveraged through grant-making.

    Does the Foundation consider staff and consultants as overhead?

    No, staff and consultants are not considered overhead. There are separate budget lines for those two expenditures in the budget template. Overhead is a portion of rent, utilities etc.

    Does the Foundation require the project budget along with Letter of Interest (LOI)?

    Yes, at the LOI stage we require an indication of how funds will be spent under each budget line. A detailed budget would be requested later if the applicant is requested to submit a full proposal.


Please note that 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.