Action: Apply for Funding

Many national and provincial funding opportunities are available for all sorts of conservation and stewardship projects. Whether you choose to grow a community garden, hire a summer student or plant some trees, there is likely a funding source available. Keep checking back on this page for upcoming funding opportunities. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of additional funding resources

DFO has launched the 2020-21 cycle of the Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk (HSP).


The goal of the HSP is to contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife. The HSP provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery of aquatic species at risk.


If you would like feedback before submitting a proposal, you can complete an Expression of Interest (EOI). Proposals can be submitted by completing the Application Form; please ensure you refer to the HSP Application Instructions and the Program Guide, which gives information on program objectives, eligible recipients, eligible species and activities, as well as regional priorities. Expressions of Interest and Applications can be sent via email to  Dana Yetman, the HSP Coordinator for the Newfoundland and Labrador Region.  Her contact information is:


Dana Yetman

Telephone: 709-772-3469



Please note that EOIs are due December 16, 2019  and proposals are due January 13, 2020.

The Science Horizons Youth Internship Program provides wage subsidies to eligible employers to hire university, college and polytechnic graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Up to $15,000 in funding is available to employers for internships in the environmental and clean technology sectors.

Internship opportunities lasting 6 to 12 months provide youth hands-on experience working on environmental projects.

Should you have any questions on the Program, contact us at:


The Community Healthy Living Fund (CHLF) is a program that supports "The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador" and provides a funding opportunity to communities and organization's for projects, programs and initiatives that demonstrate direct measurable results towards the targets outlined in "The Way Forward", specifically to increase physical activity and the rate of vegetable and fruit consumption.

For more information please contact the Community Healthy Living Fund at 709-729-5270 or by email at


It’s time to revitalize Canada’s school grounds by planting trees! Trees provide shade and protection from solar radiation, and add beauty to the playgrounds and fields where our children play and learn.


Schools can apply anytime, as we are in touch with sponsors all over Canada. Applications are accepted year-round, and will be kept on file for two years.

To apply, start to complete the following “Steps to Greening Your School Grounds,” ensure the principal supports the project, and submit your application form.

For more information and to download the application form, click here.

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Additional Funding Resources​:


  • Age Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Community Grants Program

    • An age-friendly community is one where the physical and social environments enable older individuals to live in a secure setting, enjoy health and continue to participate fully in society. The Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador (AFNL) Grants Program offers funding to incorporated municipalities, Indigenous governments and communities throughout the entire province to support them in planning for an aging population.

  • Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation

    • The goal of the Foundation is to help achieve healthy and sustainable wild Atlantic salmon stocks in Atlantic Canada and Quebec through partnerships among volunteer conservation groups, Aboriginal organizations, governments and others

  • Aviva Community Fund

    • This supports our theme to strengthen and make communities better, by coming together. We’re looking for ideas that improve community spirit, promote sustainability, provide a social opportunity, and reduce social isolation to benefit people of all ages and backgrounds


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  • Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network

    • ​A national network of philanthropic foundations and other organizations that support efforts to transition to a more sustainable world

  • Canada Post Community Project for Children​

    • In communities across the country, Canada Post employees – with the help of their customers – raise money to support local initiatives that will make a positive impact in the lives of children

  • Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 

    • Federal student employment funding. Applications are usually accepted in the winter

  • Community Garden Support Program - Department of Fisheries and Land Resources​

    • a $500 grant to support existing or new community gardens​

  • Community Sector Council - Volunteer Week Celebration Grants​

    • CSC NL, in partnership with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, VOCM Cares and Bell Aliant, is once again able to offer $100 celebration grants to organizations and/or communities to host events that celebrate volunteers.

    • In addition this year, CSC NL is offering a very limited number of grants up to $300 to communities / municipalities who are planing to come together to host a regional event that will involve numerous communities to celebrate volunteerism.

  • Conservation Corps Student Employment grants

  • Conservation Corps NL​ - Youth Engagement Funding Initiative

    • ​The Youth Engagement Funding Initiative (YEFI) is a funding opportunity offered by the Climate Change Education Centre that supports youth-based projects relating to climate change.  Providing up to $1000 in support to youth of Newfoundland and Labrador, monies may be used to enhance existing initiatives, or may be applied to the development of a new project.

    • YEFI Application Form (2019-2020)

    • YEFI Guidelines and Criteria (2019-2020)

  • Catherine Donnelly Foundation

    • The Foundation will consider applications that aim to catalyze a significant increase in public support for fast and deep-reaching climate change solutions

  • Climate Action Fund - Federal Government

    • The objective of the Climate Action Fund is to contribute to increased action and awareness on climate change. This will be achieved by supporting projects which contribute to the following outcomes:

      • Canadians are more aware of action towards climate change

      • Indigenous peoples and organizations are engaged on clean growth and climate change initiatives

      • youth and students are engaged on clean growth and climate change initiatives   

      • increased awareness and engagement on climate change advances, and increased capacity and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

      • increased awareness and engagement on climate change advances, and increased capacity and action on climate change adaptation

  • Climate Change Challenge Fund (CCCF)

    • The Climate Change Challenge Fund (CCCF) is a competitive, application-based grant program designed to enable businesses, industry, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and public sector entities to undertake greenhouse gas reduction projects in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Community Healthy Living Fund - Children, seniors and social development

    • The Community Healthy Living Fund (CHLF) is a program that supports "The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador" and provides a funding opportunity to communities and organization's for projects, programs and initiatives that demonstrate direct measurable results towards the targets outlined in "The Way Forward", specifically to increase physical activity and the rate of vegetable and fruit consumption.

  • Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

    • CFNL pools and invests the gifts of many donors to create permanent endowment funds for communities in NL





  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities: Green Municipal Fund

    • Through GMF, FCM supports initiatives that demonstrate an innovative solution or approach to a municipal environmental issue, and that can generate new lessons and models for municipalities of all sizes and types in all regions of Canada


  • Give Green Canada

    • A publicly accessible source of information on ecological gifts and planned gifts

  • Gosling Foundation​ - Grant Programs

    • a small registered private Canadian Foundation focusing on ​ensuring that nature is protected and restored for the benefit of all. The foundation has 8 funding program streams including the support for nature festivals, land acquisition, environmental education and  plant protection.

  • Green Spaces United Nations student internship

    • ​UNA-Canada's initiative to bridge students to meaningful employment, broaden their environmental understanding and ignite Canada's green economy.



  • International Grenfell Association 

    • ​International Grenfell Association (IGA) grants are funded through monies raised since the late 1800s by supporters in Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and Ireland. Used initially to pay for programs now provided by government, these funds create a grant program that responds to the needs of coastal communities in Northern Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • InvolveNL, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Office of Public Engagement

    • Funding resources for community groups, including those working in the Environment

  • Imperial Oil Community Investment Program

    • Since the 1890s when Imperial donated to the fisherman’s mission of Newfoundland and Labrador we’ve been inspired by community-building organizations across Canada. We offer financial and volunteer support to hundreds of these organizations each year.

  • Iron Ore Company of Canada​

    • ​Working directly with the community is an integral part of IOC’s culture. We have been partnering with the communities in Labrador West and Sept-Îles for more than five decades and we hope to be around for that many more. In 2011, IOC opened a new office in St John’s to strengthen its relations with the Newfoundland and Labrador government.


  • Job Creation Partnerships - Advanced Skills, Education and Labour

    • The Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) program is designed to support community-based, not-for-profit projects. These projects will provide EI-eligible participants with opportunities to gain work experience to improve their employment prospects. Project activities should benefit both the participant and the community. The primary focus of the JCP program is helping insured participants who need work experience to increase their chances of successfully finding ongoing employment.



  • Low Carbon Economy Challenge 2018

    • ​The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. It will leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. This is a Canadian Federal Government Fund


  • MEC Spring and Fall Granting Program

    • ​Through our grants of up to $20,000 MEC supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts. MEC conduct two grant cycles annually.

  • MMSB Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund​

    • ​provides financial support to innovators who are advancing sustainable waste management by finding creative ways to turn trash into treasure in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • McLean Foundation

    • A Canadian foundation that supports community projects including the arts, conservation, healthy, and education.​​




  • Project Orange Thumb

    • ​Help your neighborhood grow with our annual community gardening grant program 


    • The Teacher Grant Program is intended to recognize teachers who share a passion for fostering creativity through hands-on learning. 






  • United Way Community Fund

    • United Way Newfoundland and Labrador works with dozens of individuals, workplaces and government departments to raise money each year


  • Venture for Canada Atlantic Internship

    • Supports paid internships for Canadian post-secondary students looking to develop entrepreneurial ​with innovative Canadian companies. Rolling deadlines.



  • Wader Quest Grant Fund - Supporting Shorebird Conservation

    • ​ Investigating the status of Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near-threatened wader species

    •  Attempting to further the knowledge of current Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of significant importance to waders, through breeding surveys and conducting systematic counts

    •  Investigating potential new IBAs or ornithologically little known areas for waders

    •  Conducting ecological studies of little-known wader species

    •  Educational programmes, especially aimed at school children and youth to conserve and protect waders and their habitat
      Priority will be given to projects:

    •  Conducted by Nationals of the country where the activity will take place

    •  Containing an educational element, that engage with local communities and/or have an element of long-term sustainability of the project, such as training of local counterparts or raising awareness of wader conservation within the wider community

    •  Providing an improvement in the understand of the conservation needs of a under studied wader species through research

  • Wellness Coalition Grants - Newfoundland and Labrador​

  • Wildlife Habitat Canada

    • The WHC mandate is to support applications that:

    • are relevant under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP);

    • positively impact regional and local habitats of other migratory game birds;

    • consider the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.

  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Go Wild Community Grant

    • We are looking for the best ideas on how to connect people to nature in their community. Go Wild Community Grants support action-oriented projects and we invite you to be as creative as you wish. Every community is different, so we want to hear what you think are the best ways to make this happen where you live.

  • Wildflower Seed Grants - Wildlife Preservation Canada​

    • ​Wildlife Preservation Canada is providing wildflower seed grants to restore and build important pollinator habitat all across Canada.



  • Young Leader Grant - Nature Canada

    • Project grant for Canadian youth under 30. This Women for Nature sponsored grant of $1,000 will support project implementation in the year 2019, to celebrate the role that nature plays in our Canadian culture and identity.


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