2021 Call for Proposals Now Open.

Important Deadline:

October 8, 2021

Our Funding Program

Ontario’s Greenbelt and its unique landscapes including the Protected Countryside, Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine and 21 Urban River Valleys enjoys unprecedented public support, inspiring excellence in how we live, plan and grow. The Greenbelt Foundation champions Ontario’s Greenbelt. Our Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt funding streams, invest in projects that protect the Greenbelt and increase environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits, enhance the health of the Greenbelt’s natural and agricultural systems, support farmers and foster a sustainable rural economy.  

The Foundation will continue to want to ensure that appropriate COVID-19 public health precautions are in place for any funded in-person engagement activities and events into 2022. Any in-person events will be dependent on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

Grant Streams and Priorities

Our 2021 Grant Funding Guidelines outline objectives for our Prosperous and Resilient Greenbelt grant streams. For our fall grant round we are particularly interested in projects that leverage and enhance:

  • Pandemic recovery supporting visits to the Greenbelt and the rural economy through tourism and recreation.
  • Accelerating action on climate change to meet the challenge of rising flood and heat risks and protecting communities using cost-effective and sustainable, nature-based solutions.
  • Engaging community members to increase awareness about the Greenbelt of the benefits and inspire action to enhance the Greenbelt and communities.

Prosperous Greenbelt supports sustainable agricultural and rural vitality in the Greenbelt.

Focusing on the strong return of local visitors enhancing visitor experiences can facilitate more meaningful Greenbelt visits including hiking, biking, agri-food and culinary experiences and Indigenous cultural and learning experiences, which support public awareness of the Greenbelt and its benefits, greater access to nature and rural and Indigenous economies. Projects should focus on: increasing promotions, reaching new audiences including BIPOC communities; and offering new experiences during off-peak hours, days of the week or seasons. Projects can also meet the demand for new or enhanced authentic Indigenous experiences and cultural tourism assets; or support the creation of new tourism experiences through collaboration or training.

Resilient Greenbelt works with nature to increase regional resilience and the public benefits provided by the Greenbelt.

Restoring and enhancing the health of Greenbelt’s natural assets including forests, wetlands, grasslands, healthy soils, rivers and lakes can increase the region’s resilience to climate change and support adaptation. Major risks to manage include reducing stormwater runoff and flooding, protecting water quality/quantity and enhancing cooling effects. Project should focus on: designing natural infrastructure projects including modelling to determine restoration actions and adaption impacts, and planning to identify and quantify co-benefits. Further recognition will be given to projects that support water resource systems including the Oak Ridges Moraine, and biodiversity by increasing ecological connectivity and reducing habitat fragmentation (For project examples visit The Economic Case for Natural Infrastructure).

The Greenbelt is one of our greatest resources in shaping sustainable, resilient and vibrant communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Increasing awareness about the benefits provided by the Greenbelt and supporting community engagement activities to inspire ideas and actions to enhance the Greenbelt and lead change. Projects should focus on: education, community engagement, and building connections with local decision-makers. Due to the ongoing pandemic, online engagements through podcasts, webinars, blogs, social media forums and other digital tools are encouraged and where possible, small outdoor events.  

Building Relationships

The Greenbelt Foundation values greatly the efforts of a broad range of stakeholders and community partners to enhance the Greenbelt. Collaborations across the Greenbelt geography are encouraged to strengthen the impact and reach of projects across the landscape and in communities within and adjacent to the Greenbelt.

The Foundation is committed to strengthening our relationships with local Indigenous Peoples and acknowledge and respect the strong cultural ties to the Greenbelt’s agriculture, water and natural landscapes.

We also encourage projects that support the interests and engagement of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities. Cross-sector collaborations are encouraged and diversity, equity and inclusion goals for projects should be clear. The Foundation also supports collaborative learning-frameworks and strategies that advance goals.

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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: October 8th, 2021, at 5p.m.
  • Decision on Request for Full Proposal: October 20, 2021 
  • Full Proposal Due Date: Nov 5, 2021 
  • Final Approval: December, 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.