The Niagara Community Foundation (NCF) Environmental Grants Program focuses on bringing more partners together in our community to create a collaborative approach to meeting the environmental challenges we are facing.
In 2022, the NCF is privileged to enhance its existing Environmental Grants Program, made possible through a generous gift from Dorothea Thomas Foundation. “Grow Sustainability” NOT “Sustain Growth” is the vision of this new endowment fund at the NCF. Pooled with other generous funds, the enhanced Environmental Grants Program will impact environmental work across Niagara.
The NCF Grants Program supports Rural and Urban environment projects. Additionally, the NCF welcomes applications from Volunteer Groups and Youth Led Initiatives that meet the eligibility requirements.
Grant Making Priorities
- Retain, reclaim and limit human impact on environmentally sensitive areas
- Protect, restore and enhance environmental integrity of the shorelines
- Protect and/or improve the water of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and related tributaries
- Protect, restore and enhance aquatic habitats for fish and wildlife
- Establish and/or enhance rural and urban space, tree planting/urban canopies which are linked to water quality
- Provide education and awareness of the above listed priorities
- Protect, restore and enhance environmental integrity of features in our natural heritage system to build resiliency
- Protect, restore and enhance wildlife habitat areas and corridors
- Establish/enhance/restore natural heritage system and the removal of invasive species
A portion of funding may be available for the following:
- Support “Life Cycle Cost” assessment (environmental and economic) of government and industrial policies and practices.
Projects must also reflect one or more of the following:
- Foster cooperative approaches to environmental issues
- Address an identifiable environmental need
- Involve members of the community to be served in the design and implementation of the program
- Show evidence of sustainability and/or on-going monitoring (if appropriate for the project)
**All applicants must have a grant consultation with the Foundation prior to applying. This must be done at least 7 days before deadline. Further information is available by calling JoAnne Krick at the Foundation at 905-684-8688 x 23 or emailing to email@example.com.
**Applicants cannot apply for a concurrent grant unless they are part of a collaborative and are in good standing with their open grants to the Foundation.