Winter 2020 Call for Proposals Now Open.

Application Deadline:

Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:00pm

Our Funding Program

The Greenbelt Foundation invests in projects that enhance the health of the Greenbelt's natural systems, address climate change, support local agriculture and foster livable and prosperous communities.

Since the Foundation’s inception we have supported our stakeholder community with over $29.5 million in grants and helped them to leverage an additional $30.6 million in their work to support the Greenbelt.

Indigenous communities have strong cultural ties to the Greenbelt’s agriculture, water and natural landscapes. As a priority, we are aiming to strengthen our relationships with Ontario’s Indigenous communities to better understand their voices, perspectives and knowledge.

  View Our Past Grants

Early in 2020, the Foundation’s Funding Program will utilize its Strategic Opportunity Program to focus on:

Greenbelt Urban River Valley Connector Program (URVC)

Our Urban River Valley Connector Program invites community organizations to submit funding requests to implement local visions for their river valleys that increase access, enjoyment and enhancement of these unique natural spaces. Twenty-one urban river valleys flow north to Lake Simcoe and south to Lake Ontario. The program is a partnership with Park People.

For funding deadlines and to submit an application please review program details at

Positively Green Program

Our Positively Green Program invites Greenbelt area conservation authorities to submit funding requests for projects that reinforce the critical and irreplaceable role of nature in delivering community services such as flood management and water quality. Projects will provide evidence of the effectiveness and cost-savings of natural infrastructure in reducing community risks and vulnerabilities to climate change. The program is a partnership with 13 conservation authorities.

For more information on submitting an application to this specialized Call for Proposals, review program details HERE.  

Funding Deadlines

Positively Green Program:

  • Eligibility: Funding Program is open to Positively Green’s 13 partnering Conservation Authorities
  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:00pm
  • Funding Decision: March 10, 2020
  • Project Timeline: Proposed activities must be completed by December 2020

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. 308 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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Our Grant Streams

Prosperous Greenbelt*

The Prosperous Greenbelt stream invests in projects that generate economic activity and promote resilient and vibrant communities through:

  • Supporting agricultural priorities, including the promotion of local food and climate mitigation activities
  • Enhancing natural and cultural-based recreation and tourism in the Greenbelt and along its river valleys
  • Planning for low-carbon and climate resilient communities and economies

Resilient Greenbelt*

The Resilient Greenbelt stream invests in projects that strengthen the Greenbelt's natural assets and build resilient communities through:

  • Advancing the use of natural solutions and climate resiliency tools such as green infrastructure
  • Identifying restoration and enhancement opportunities
  • Strengthening biodiversity
  • Supporting public engagement in planning healthy and prosperous communities

*The Foundation expects to announce future grant rounds later in 2020. Please check back periodically for more information.

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.