2022 Call for Proposals Now Open.
Important Deadline: September 21, 2022
Our Funding Program
Ontario’s Greenbelt and its unique landscapes include near-urban agricultural lands and Ontario’s only two specialty crop areas with fertile soils and unique climate—the Holland Marsh and Niagara Tender Fruit and Grape Area, the Niagara Escarpment, Oak Ridges Moraine, and important regional water systems, including 21 urban river valleys. The Greenbelt receives consistent support from a large majority of the public, 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.
Call for Proposals
We are accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for our 2022 Fall Grant Round. LOIs are due by 5 p.m. on September 21, 2022. We encourage you to contact the Foundation staff to discuss your proposal prior to submitting a funding request. Contact information is included below. Our funding guidelines outline objectives for the Prosperous and Resilient Greenbelt grant streams. Below, we have also highlighted current priorities that address key challenges facing the region and local communities:
- Pandemic recovery through supporting tourism industry partnerships, collaborations and training that create and enrich Greenbelt outdoor recreation, and agri-food, culinary and Indigenous-led experiences that boost the rural economy and support rural jobs.
- Strengthening Greenbelt agricultural and its local food systems with a focus on the fruit and vegetable sector to promote jobs and rural vitality.
- Engaging community members to increase awareness and understanding of Greenbelt benefits to the region while inspiring actions that steward the Greenbelt and engage community leaders, including reducing risks and vulnerabilities to climate change.
The Greenbelt Foundation values 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. The Foundation supports providing capacity to honour Indigenous Knowledge Systems and the building of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to protect and enhance the Greenbelt and its rural economies.
We also encourage projects that support the interests and engagement of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities. Cross-sector collaborations are encouraged and diversity, equity and inclusion goals for projects should be clearly stated. The Foundation also supports collaborative learning-frameworks and strategies that advance efforts to create meaningful equity.
Public Health Precautions
The Foundation will continue to want to ensure that appropriate COVID-19 public health precautions are in place for any funded in-person engagement and events into 2023. Any in-person events will be dependent on COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.
Funding Streams and 2022 Grant Round Deadlines
Prosperous Greenbelt supports sustainable agricultural and rural vitality in the Greenbelt.
Supporting pandemic recovery and the rural economy through tourism sector partnerships and training opportunities to create enhanced Greenbelt experiences, including hiking, biking, agri-food and culinary experiences, and Indigenous cultural and learning experiences. Projects also support greater access to nature, boosting rural, agricultural and Indigenous economies, and increasing public awareness of the Greenbelt and its benefits. Projects should focus on: enhancing Greenbelt tourism experiences through collaborations or training, enhancing authentic Indigenous experiences; increasing promotions, reaching new audiences including Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities; and offering experiences during off-peak hours, days of the week or seasons.
Promoting greater understanding of the Greenbelt’s agriculture economy and its unique advantages and benefits is vital to the region’s rural economies. Including the Greenbelt’s designated Speciality Crop Areas, projects preserve and strengthen the sustainability of local fruit and vegetable growers and the local food system, and consider opportunities to increase protection and production. Projects also increase understanding and address trends that will prepare Greenbelt farmers for the future, such as climate resilient varieties and soil health. Projects should focus on: strategies to sustain and increase fruit and vegetable growers and production, building and maintaining relationships with farmers to recognize their needs and economic opportunities in the Greenbelt, and increasing understanding of Greenbelt farmland productivity trends.
Resilient Greenbelt works with nature to increase regional resilience and the public benefits provided by the Greenbelt.
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 Indigenous and community engagement activities to inspire ideas and actions to steward the Greenbelt and lead change to reduce risks and vulnerabilities to climate change. Projects should focus on: education, community engagement, cultural practices, and building connections with local decision-makers, including online engagements through podcasts, webinars, blogs, social media forums and other digital tools.
Restoring and enhancing the health of Greenbelt’s natural assets, including forests, wetlands, grasslands, healthy soils, rivers and lakes can enhance public greenspace, 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. Projects 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, Indigenous cultural practices, and biodiversity by increasing ecological connectivity and reducing habitat fragmentation. For project examples, visit The Economic Case for Natural Infrastructure.View Our Past Grants
2022 Grant Round Funding Deadlines
Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt Program:
- Eligibility: Funding Program is open to Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt programs.
- LOI Deadline: September 21, 2022 at 5p.m.
- Decision on Request for Full Proposal: October 6, 2022
- Full Proposal Due Date: October 24, 2022
- Final Approval: December 2-5, 2022
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.
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.
VIEW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.