Grant Name: Nature Smart Climate Solutions





The application period for all three streams will be open from until January 25, 2022, at 3 pm PST. Your application must be submitted in GCEMS portal before the deadline.

In accordance with ECCC’s Grants and Contributions Service Standards, applicants will receive an acknowledgment that their application was submitted successfully within five (5) working days of submitting an application. Please contact if you have submitted an application but have not received this acknowledgment.


Conserving and restoring nature is fundamental to mitigating and adapting to climate change.

The climate and nature crises are inextricably linked. Climate change is altering the water cycle, resulting in flooding, droughts, and wildfires. It is one of the key drivers of biodiversity loss, which is proceeding at an unprecedented rate with up to one million species currently at risk of extinction.

Canada is committed to nature-based solutions to build resilience and help Canada meet its 2030 and 2050 climate change objectives.

Nature-based solutions are actions to conserve, sustainably manage, and restore ecosystems. These actions will help to:

  • store and capture carbon
  • mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • build resilience and improve water quality, and
  • provide critical habitat for Canada’s wildlife

Embracing the power of nature to support healthier families and more resilient communities is one of the five pillars of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan.


Eligible funding recipients are:

  • domestic or international not-for-profit organizations, such as:
    • charitable and volunteer organizations
    • professional associations, and
    • non-governmental organizations
  • domestic or international Indigenous organizations, governments, individuals, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities, including
    • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations
    • district councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils
    • Indigenous research, academic and educational institutions
    • Indigenous for-profit organizations
  • domestic or international research, academic and educational institutions
  • Canadian individuals
  • domestic or international for-profit organizations, such as:
    • small businesses with less than 500 employees, companies, corporations, and industry associations
  • local organizations such as:
    • community associations and groups
    • seniors’ and youth groups, and
    • service clubs
  • provinces and territories
  • municipal and local governments and their agencies

In cases where recipients further distribute funds, the ultimate recipients must be included in the list of eligible funding recipients.

 Note: Reverse auction proposals will need to be submitted by an organization, or a partnership of organizations with one administrative lead. This means that Canadian individuals will not meet the requirements to run a reverse auction but may participate in one.

Geographic location

Projects must occur in Canada.

Eligible projects

Proposals received by the deadline must satisfy all Fund Use Requirements in order to be eligible for funding. You can find the full Fund Use Requirements for each stream on their Overview page. Funding will be made available under the following three streams of work:

Place-based actions

This stream will support restoration of grasslands and wetlands and enhanced land management activities. These activities will increase carbon sequestration and storage and improve habitat. In addition, projects that prevent GHG emissions from the degradation or loss of carbon-rich habitats will also be supported. Projects should occur in areas that provide important habitat for migratory birds, species at risk and other species of cultural and/or socio-economical importance to local communities.

Sector-based policy

This stream will engage those interested in advancing policies, programs and tools designed to address the systemic issues related to implementing nature-based climate solutions. If implemented, these would decrease the rate of activities that cause GHG emissions (e.g., reduce the rate of wetland conversion), or increase the rate of activities that increase sequestration (e.g., increase the rate of grassland restoration activities). Industry regulators and representatives from the forestry, agriculture, urban development, mining, and oil and gas sectors are encouraged to participate.

Reverse auction pilot

This stream seeks proposals that will pilot the use of a reverse auction method for agriculture landscapes in order to reduce GHG emissions or increase carbon sequestration. Proposals are expected to describe how a reverse auction method can successfully secure ecosystems in agricultural landscapes that currently store carbon and are at imminent threat of loss, and/or restore annual cropland to grassland, wetland or riparian habitats. Projects should occur in areas that provide important habitat for migratory birds, species at risk and other species of cultural and/or socio-economical importance to local communities. Partnership proposals with one lead administrative organization are encouraged.

Indigenous partnerships

The NSCSF initiative will support Indigenous organizations and communities to undertake Indigenous-led, on-the-ground projects for ecological restoration. These projects will also focus on improved management and conservation of wetlands, grasslands, and forests that result in reduced and captured GHG emissions. ECCC will make funding available to Indigenous partners to deliver projects to build capacity and advance Indigenous efforts on natural climate solutions through a distinctions-based approach with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.

For questions related to the implementation of the Indigenous component of the NSCSF, please contact

How to Apply?

On-line application system

Applications are now available via the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System (GCEMS). Accessing GCEMS requires applicants to create a GCKey and access the Single Window Information Manager (SWIM). Accessing the on-line application, the first time may require three business days for a password to be provided. Make sure you sign up for a password through the SWIM portal as early as possible.

Review the various funding opportunities, and confirm you are applying to the correct stream. Review the Program Overview for the stream or streams you wish to apply to and ensure your project’s activities satisfy the fund use requirements.

For further details on each stream, including the Fund Use Requirements, and how to apply, please consult the Overviews:

For questions or clarification, please contact the NSCSF office at

Funding Amount

The minimum funding request for the Place-based actions stream is $250,000 per project.

The minimum funding request for the Sector-based policy stream is $100,000 per project.

The minimum funding request for the Reverse auction pilot stream is $1,000,000 per project. Partnership proposals with one lead administrative organization are encouraged.

Organizations may not receive more than $25 million per fiscal year for any individual or combination of applications across all NSCSF funding streams.

Contact Information

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