Action Project Funding

Want to make a difference in your school or community? Want to engage your students in a learning experience that is hands-on, real-world, memorable and impactful? We can help!

Learning for a Sustainable Future provides funding for students and teachers to engage their school and community in climate Action Projects. This includes any action that is student-led and contributes to the sustainability of your school or community—the only limit is your students’ imagination!

Whether you’re greening your schoolyard, eliminating single-use plastics at school, motivating your community to reduce their carbon footprint, or any other actions towards our sustainable future, we are here to support you.

2023/2024 Funding Program

We are funding student-led climate change/sustainability Action Projects with up to $500 each. 

Applications for the 2023/2024 funding program are now closed! They will reopen in the fall.

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Funding applications are now open! 

DEADLINES:

All Action Projects must be completed and reported on by May 22, 2024, regardless of when they were approved. 

DEADLINES:

Applications will remain open on a rolling basis until March 25, 2024

Applicants can expect to hear back within 2 weeks. 

All Action Projects must be completed and reported on by May 22, 2024, regardless of when they are approved. 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • We work with grade K-12 students in Canada.
  • Projects must relate to climate change or other sustainability issues.
  • Action Projects must be student-led.
  • We can only fund 1 project per school—first come, first served.
  • See Funding Rubric for more details.
  • You can preview the application questions for reference here.

OTHER INFO:

  • We grant 75% of the funds up front, with the remaining 25% granted after we receive your Final Report.
  • All grantees must submit a Final Report form by May 22, 2024 
  • You will need to submit receipts or proof of purchase for all budget items.
  • All Action Projects must also be posted on Our Canada Project by May 22, 2024, including some great photos/videos of your students in action. So get snappy!
ELIGIBLE BUDGET ITEMS:
 
  • We generally DO NOT FUND landscapers, contractors, speaker fees, honoraria, donations to other organizations, travel (i.e. busing), or large-scale installations such as water bottle refill stations (exceptions may apply!)
  • For planting projects: we DO NOT FUND planting for beautification only.
  • We DO FUND planting for food, for carbon capture, to support pollinators/birds/bees, xeriscaping or flood/erosion protection, or for projects that focus on native species or connect to Indigenous knowledge (e.g. 3 sisters gardens, medicine wheel gardens, etc.). The links to climate change/sustainability must be made clear in your application.
  • We DO NOT FUND chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or other inputs.
  • We DO FUND organic/natural inputs such as compost, manure, etc.
  • If you are purchasing materials as prizes or for an event/celebration, please make an effort to maintain the sustainability theme (e.g. items produced or sold locally, items that support sustainability like reusable cutlery, items with no- or low-waste packaging, plant-based etc.)

More Information

Check out examples of past Action Projects 

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada