Grant Name: EcoAction Community Funding Program


Not Currently accepting applications



The application period for EcoAction funding beginning in 2022-23 is now closed


We provide financial support to non-profit and non-government organizations for Canadian communities to take on local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment and to build the capacity of communities to sustain these activities in the future.

EcoAction funds projects that:

  • lead to tangible environmental results
  • engage the community to improve the environment
  • increase environmental awareness
  • increase capacity in communities
  • result in sustainable outcomes and engagement following project completion


Non-profit and non-governmental groups and organizations are eligible to receive funding, examples include:

  • environmental groups
  • community groups
  • youth and senior’s groups
  • community-based associations
  • service clubs
  • Indigenous organizations

The following groups are ineligible, but are encouraged to partner with non-profit and non-governmental groups and organizations to support a project proposal:

  • businesses
  • educational institutions
  • C3 organizations
  • crown corporations
  • individuals
  • municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal governments
 Eligible projects

Projects must always address the environmental priority of the call for proposals and clearly demonstrate that activities:

  • lead to measurable results for the environment at the end of the project
  • provide opportunities for community members to take action
  • produce positive environmental results
  • lead to results and engagement that will be sustained after the completion of EcoAction funding

As indicated in the program’s list of performance indicators (available via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS) portal), all projects must also include:

  • at least one environmental indicator; and,
  • at least one capacity building indicator.

Additionally, a minimum of at least 50% of the total value of your project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.

 Eligible project costs

The following project costs are eligible under EcoAction:

  • human resources, including salaries and benefits
  • contractors
  • management and professional services (e.g., accounting, audit, liability insurance costs that are directly attributed to carrying out the project, monitoring, legal or other professional fees translation)
  • travel and field expenses (based on Government of Canada rates)
  • materials and supplies
  • communication, production, distribution, and printing costs
  • equipment purchases or rental fees
  • vehicle rental and operation costs
  • a reasonable share of overhead and/or administrative costs and rent that is directly attributed to program delivery

How to Apply?

Your project must address the following priority result:

  • Canadians contribute to improving freshwater quality through actions that reduce harmful substances in freshwater and/or restore and protect freshwater ecosystem health.

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 Applicant’s Guide for more details and how to submit an application to the GCEMS portal online.

Funding Amount

The maximum EcoAction funding is $100,000 per project; the minimum funding amount request is $25,000 per project. The maximum project duration is 36 months.

A minimum of 50% of the total project value must come from sources other than the Government of Canada. Consequently, EcoAction can fund a maximum of half a project’s expenses provided that no other Government of Canada funds are used. An exception to this requirement are funds from programs for Indigenous Peoples within Indigenous Services Canada. These funds may be included as matching funding for the project.

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Atlantic & Québec Region

Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Québec


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West & North Region

British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut


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