The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation values greatly the efforts of a broad range of stakeholders and community partnerships to enhance the Greenbelt. The Funding Program invests in projects that increase environmental and economic returns from the Greenbelt, enhance the health of the Greenbelt's systems, support farmers and foster a sustainable rural economy.

With responsibility for implementing the provincial land use plans, relationships with municipalities will be key to achieving the goals outlined in each funding area, and building complete communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Indigenous communities have strong cultural ties to the Greenbelt’s agricultural and natural landscapes. The Foundation will begin the process of building relationships with Indigenous communities and understand perspectives and interests in relation to the Greenbelt.

In 2019, the Foundation’s Funding Program will support the efforts of charities and non-profit organizations to:

  • Enhance the Greenbelt’s natural systems, advance best practices in soil health and engage communities in improving their local river valleys.
  • Advance municipal natural asset management within infrastructure programs to manage stormwater, prevent flooding and reduce costs.
  • Support rural economic development activities in agriculture and nature/culture-based recreation and tourism.
  • Increase awareness of public, community and agricultural benefits associated with environmental actions and stewardship.
  • Protect biodiversity by identifying important natural cores and connectivity corridors between the Greenbelt and the broader southern Ontario landscape.
  • Engage Indigenous communities to understand perspectives and objectives for the Greenbelt.

View the Grant Application Guidelines. Applications are submitted online using the Foundation's grant portal. All applications must first register their organizations and take an eligibility quiz. 


The Grant Streams:

Supporting Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Vitality in the Greenbelt.

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

Supporting Participation in Provincial Consultations Considering the Expansion of Ontario’s Greenbelt.


Funding Program Deadlines:

The Funding Program will be managed by internal staff, led by the Program Director with support from the Grants Officer and Grants Coordinator. Grant Round timing is expected to be as follows:

Spring Grant Round (Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt):

  • Call for Proposals, Letters of Intent and Decision: February 4, 2019 – June 2019
  • Funding Program Announcement: February 4, 2019
  • Letters of Intent due: February 22, 2019
  • Decision on Request for Full Proposals: March 8, 2019
  • Full Proposals due: April 5, 2019
  • Final Approvals: June 2019

Fall Grant Round (Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt):

  • Call for Proposals, Letters of Intent and Decision: September 18, 2018 – December 2019
  • Funding Program Announcement: September 6, 2019
  • Letters of Intent due: September 27, 2019
  • Decision on Request for Full Proposals: October 11, 2019
  • Full Proposals due: November 1, 2019
  • Final Approvals: December 2019

Submit a Funding Application:

In order to be considered for funding, applicants must complete an eligibility quiz and provide the information requested in our application process via our grant portal, including details on the project goals and rationale, activities, results, how success will be measured, as well as a full project budget. Please view the Foundation's Grant Guidelines before submitting an application. 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 Grants team.

Submit an Application

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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