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.


Funding Opportunity:

Natural Infrastructure Fund - Small Projects:

The program is now open and accepting applications until September 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm (EDT).

Natural infrastructure solutions are increasingly seen as win-win investments that enhance traditional grey infrastructure outcomes and deliver valuable co-benefits to communities. Solutions include conventional services, such as naturalized stormwater management, that reduce the impacts of flooding and extreme heat, whilst contributing to cleaner air, cleaner water, and more green space for people and local wildlife.

Natural infrastructure uses ecosystem features and materials, such as sand, stone, and vegetation, to deliver conventional infrastructure outcomes. For clarity, natural infrastructure can be naturally occurring or engineered using exclusively ecosystem features and materials.

Hybrid infrastructure incorporates grey infrastructure elements to enhance or support natural infrastructure and the use of ecosystem processes.

Budget 2021 announced $200 million over three years to establish the Natural Infrastructure Fund (NIF) to support natural and hybrid infrastructure projects across Canada. Objectives of the NIF are to: 1) Increase the use and uptake of natural and hybrid infrastructure; and 2) Build community awareness on the value of natural and hybrid infrastructure and the delivery of multiple outcomes.

The NIF is a direct-delivery program that supports communities to implement a range of diverse natural and hybrid infrastructure projects. The Small Projects Stream responds to known demand at the local level for smaller projects. All projects are assessed on the basis that they deliver one or multiple of the following community services:

-Climate change resilience

-Increased access to nature

-Improved environmental quality

-Enhanced biodiversity and habitat

-Climate change mitigation

Natural Infrastructure Fund Small Projects Stream Applicant Guide

Infrastructure Canada Program Registration Form

Funding Resources​:

(listed alphabetically by name of grant)


  • 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 other


  • Bird Studies Canada - James L. Ballie Memorial Fund

    • Granting program that includes projects by individuals and organizations that increase the understanding, appreciation and conservation of Canadian birds in their natural environment.​

  • BOGS Impact Fund

    • BOGS footwear launched the BOGS impact fund grant program that invests in outdoor education​ programs that provide lower income youth with opportunities to get outside to learn play, and grow. 3-year grants to non-profit organizations will also include an in-kind donation of BOGS footwear.

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  • 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 and Awareness Fund

    • The Climate Action and Awareness Fund is designed to support projects that can create middle class jobs for Canadians who work in science and technology, academia and at the grassroots community level.

  • Community Waste Diversion Fund

    • The Community Waste Diversion Fund provides financial support to communities across Newfoundland and Labrador that are finding exciting new ways to reduce, reuse or recycle more waste.​

  • 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

  • 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.

    • 2020-2021 Application

    • 2020-2021 Application guidelines



  • Eco-Canada Co-op Student Program

    • The Eco-Canada Co-op Student Program works with the federal government as part of Canada’s Work Integrated Learning Strategy, to help employers and post-secondary partners kick-start student career paths across Canada.

  • Evergreen Community Innovation Grant

    • ​Actively engaging Canadians in creating and sustaining healthy and dynamic urban environments in our schools, public spaces, housing and transit systems, and communities at large.

  • Echo Foundation

    • ​The Foundation's environment grants focus on Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces), with a priority given to the protection of natural areas of ecological importance.

  • Enviro-Fest Newfoundland Power​

    • ​Community-minded groups and organizations to submit proposals for support of their efforts to develop or enhance environmentally-friendly projects. Projects must demonstrate a positive impact on our environment that benefits the entire community. 



  • 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.

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Oceans Management Contribution Program​

    • The Government of Canada is committed to conserving 25% of Canada’s oceans by 2025, working towards 30% by 2030. We are working closely with provincial, territorial, and Indigenous governments, and consulting with marine stakeholders, to conserve and protect our oceans for generations to come, while enabling our coastal communities to thrive


  • 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.

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

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

  • Increasing Knowledge of Plastic Pollution Initiative

    • aims to address knowledge gaps related to the potential human health effects and eco-toxicology of plastics in Canada. 

  • 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 GovNL

    • 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. 




  • Science Horizons Youth Internship Program - Government of Canada, Environment and Natural Resources 

    • ​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).

  • Small Change Fund

    • An award-winning crowdfunding platforms for Canadian grassroots organizations



  • 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.



  • 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.


Funding Opportunity:

Indigenous-Led Area-Based Conservation:

Indigenous Peoples are key partners as we work toward halting and reversing biodiversity loss in Canada. Indigenous Peoples have a deep knowledge and understanding of land management and we are working together to protect more nature, conserve biodiversity, and combat the effects of climate change. This program acknowledges the importance of culture, language, socio-economic factors, and traditional land use as part of conservation efforts.

Indigenous-Led Area-Based Conservation (ILABC) provides funding to Indigenous Peoples to lead or co-lead the establishment and recognition of protected areas or other effective area-based conservation mechanisms (OECMs) across Canada. In this way, ILABC will contribute to Canada’s goal of conserving 25% of land and inland waters by 2025, and 30% of each by 2030.


This funding is available to support work toward Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs), Metis Protected and Conserved Areas, Inuit Conserved Areas and other Indigenous-led conservation areas that will count toward Canada’s conservation targets.

In order to be eligible to count toward Canada’s conservation targets, all conservation areas must meet the criteria for a Protected Area or OECM and must be submitted to Canada’s Protected and Conserved Areas Database, also known as “CPCAD”.

The call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) opened on September 22, 2022. As of September 22, 2022, EOI forms and guidance documents will be available upon request from

The EOI will close on Monday, November 14 at 4:29a.m. (NST). All completed forms must be sent to by the closing date and time to be considered for funding.


Action: Apply for Funding