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

No deadline!

Community Garden Support Program

The Community Garden Support Program contributes to The Way Forward - Agriculture and Sector Work Plan and the goal to increase food self-sufficiency in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources will invest $100,000 annually to establish new community gardens and enhance existing community gardens throughout the province. Communities will benefit from increased access to fresh and nutritious locally grown foods.


This investment will enable not-for-profits organizations, community groups and schools to contribute to local food production and food security in NL.

The objective of the Community Garden Support Program is to: 
- Increase food self-sufficiency

- Increase access to fresh foods
- Increase consumption of fruits and vegetables
- and Increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of local food production and the agriculture sector.

For more information check out the 2020-21 Program Information and 2020-21 Application.

The Increasing Knowledge on Plastic Pollution (IKPP) Initiative is a program that aims to address knowledge gaps related to the potential human health effects and ecotoxicology of plastics in Canada.  The IKPP is implemented by Environment and Climate Change Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada, It aims to increase capacity, leverage collaborative partnerships and generate knowledge in support of Canada’s Plastics Science Agenda (CaPSA) with a particular focus on research gaps identified in the Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution.

Application deadline

Start date: January 30, 2020
End date: March 20, 2020

March 12, 2020

“Our government is inviting applications for summer students this early to give employers ample time to assess their needs and identify exciting opportunities for youth. The valuable experience high school and post-secondary students gain from summer jobs can help them pursue their chosen career right here at home.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

Both the High School and the Post Secondary Summer Student Employment Programs are open, with March 26 and March 12 being the respective deadlines for employer applications.

The deadline for employers to apply for post-secondary students is March 12. The deadline to apply for high school students is March 26. Additional information about these programs is included in the backgrounder below.

Applications may be made online at

Environment and Climate Change Canada's (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until March 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST for projects beginning summer 2020.

Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key environmental priority: Freshwater.

Your project must include one related priority result:

  1. Canadians contribute to the improvement of water quality through the diversion and reduction of harmful substances in freshwater



  2. Canadians contribute to improvement of freshwater management and increase climate resilience through action involving the development and/or restoration of natural infrastructure

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

Please refer to the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System to obtain a copy of the 2020 Applicant's Guide and to complete the online application form.

A program officer will be pleased to discuss the eligibility of your group and project, answer your questions and provide general guidance.

Contact Us

For 2020-2021  – The application deadline for Job Creation Partnerships program is July 31, 2020.

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.

Job Creation Partnerships Fact SheetOpens in new window (102 KB)


Application Deadlines


  • Deadline for applications is July 31, 2020

  • Complete applications must be received at least 25 business days prior to the start of a project to ensure a timely review and assessment of the request for funding and to avoid delays in processing.

  • Incomplete applications will result in delays.


Eligibility Criteria for Organizations

  • Project activities must be community-based and not-for-profit.

  • The project may be sponsored by a business; a federal crown corporation or comparable provincial/territorial crown corporation; an organization; an individual; a municipal government; a band/tribal council; a public health institution, or an educational institution.

  • The project sponsor must:

    • Be incorporated or a sole proprietor;

    • Have a Canada Revenue Agency business number;

    • Be in good standing with Registry of Companies and Deeds; and

    • Have an office location/base in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Additional eligibility requirements can be reviewed in the Program GuidelinesOpens in new window .


Eligibility Criteria for Individuals

  • Be a resident of the province;

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada;

  • Meet the definition of EI-eligible;

  • Be approved by the Department under Section 25 of the Employment Insurance Act as insured participants who are active EI claimants; and

  • Have an employment plan that identifies that the JCP work experience being considered supports a reasonable occupational goal.

How Do I Apply?

  • Employers must first register in LaMPSS to be able to apply online.

  • After registering, a password and user ID is provided.

  • Before beginning the application, please review the Program GuidelinesOpens in new window for eligibility and information required to be provided with the application.

  • Employers must complete and submit an online application in LaMPSS along with a detailed project description, budget template and supporting information.

  • You can check on the progress of your application by logging into your LaMPSS account and viewing the agreement status.

  • Applicants are notified by email after a decision is made on the application – within 25 business days of receipt of a complete application.

  • When approval is granted, projects must commence within 45 business days.

  • More information can be found here.

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Additional 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 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 grants supporting existing or new community gardens

    • 2020-21 applications have no deadline!​

  • 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

  • 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 - 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. 




  • 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

  • Staples Superpower Your School

    • Elementary and secondary schools in Canada, both public and independent, are eligible to participate. To enter the contest, complete the entry form and tell us about your school’s innovative environmental efforts. $20,000 grant for technology for your school.



  • 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.


  • Zero Plastic Waste Initiative - Government of Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada

    • The Zero Plastic Waste Initiative aims to effect change across the plastics lifecycle to increase waste collection, improve value recovery, and prevent and remove plastic pollution. It supports projects that use innovative approaches leading to measurable, positive impacts to reduce plastic waste and pollution in Canada.

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