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Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) has a long history of supporting green spaces across the country. In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary next year, we are excited to announce a special round of funding focused on the revitalization, animation and stewardship of public green spaces.

We will be combining what would have been our December 2016 and April 2017 funding rounds into a single round, to be awarded February 2017.

We are also introducing a new process for grant applicants. Applicants with eligible projects will be invited to submit an Expression of Interest outlining the details of their project. The Expression of Interest will be reviewed and successful applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed grant application. Please note the important dates below:

  • September, 19, 2016: Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest.
  • October 17, 2016: Applicants will be notified of decisions regarding the Expression of Interest. Successful applicants.  will be invited to submit a Grant Application.
  • November 21, 2016: Deadline for submission of Grant Application.
  • February 2017: Applicants will be notified of grant decisions.


Apply for funding

1. Determine whether your organization is eligible for funding

Organizations eligible to receive funding:

  • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups

2. Determine whether your project is eligible for funding

This round of is specifically focused on supporting projects that connect Canadians with public green spaces through green infrastructure or programming. Please review the information below to determine your project’s eligibility.

Eligible projects include:

  • Schoolyard greenings and outdoor classrooms
  • Park revitalization & restoration work
  • Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs
  • Community gardens
  • Natural playgrounds
  • Citizens science projects in public green spaces
  • Bioblitzes
  • Trail building & restoration
  • Neighbourhood park programming including festivals & stewardship
  • Tree plantings (native species)

The following projects are not eligible for funding:

  • In-class/indoor education programs
  • Research
  • Recycling/ vermicomposting projects
  • Energy conservation projects
  • Protection of Endangered Species/Wildlife
  • Landscaping/beautification
  • Ornamental structures
  • Conferences/summits/science fairs
  • Land acquisition
  • Film Festivals

Please see the FAQ for project-specific eligibility guidelines

3. Determine which of your project expenses are eligible

What We Do Not Fund

  • Internal or external salaries or other people-costs where they make up more than 75% of the amount requested (includes web design, graphic design, writers, translation, labour, etc.,)
  • Capital costs or infrastructure (sheds, gazebos, solar panels etc.)
  • Administrative or operating expenses
  • Landscaping/beautification
  • Expenses related to advocacy activities
  • Projects occurring on private land
  • Scholarships, grants or bursaries
  • Awards and prizes
  • Playground equipment not composed of natural elements
  • Mileage, accommodation, meal costs or other travel expenses
  • Expenses incurred prior to application date
  • Advertising expenses (print media, radio, online, etc.)
  • Postage and shipping costs
  • Venue or equipment rentals
  • Projects taking place outside of Canada

4.  Submit Expression of Interest

All Expressions of Interest must be submitted online.

An Expression of Interest is required to determine you project eligibility.  This process will allow you to provide high level details on your project, addressing the impact and the anticipated outcomes.  Once your Expression of Interest has been submitted, you will receive notification on whether it has been approved or declined.  If your Expression of Interest is approved, you will be provided with a link to complete the full application. If your Expression of Interest is declined you will unfortunately be unable to submit the full application.

To ensure the timely review of your application, please refer to the following schedule:

  • September 19, 2016: Expression of Interest deadline
  • October 17, 2016: Notification to invited applications
  • November 21, 2016: Application deadline
  • February 2017: Regional Advisory Board Meeting
  • February 2017: Applicants notified

5.  Submit your funding request and project budget online.

If your Expression of Interest is approved, you will receive a link to submit a full application online.

Once successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgment.

Applicants must attach a budget to their application form. Click here for a budget template which you must download to complete your budget and submit along with your application.

Before beginning the application process, you may wish to review our FAQ.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

TD FEF prohibits discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, disability or other characteristic protected by law. You will be asked to indicate whether the projects, programs and activities for which you seek funding comply with TD FEF’s anti-discrimination policy. TD FEF reserves the right to exclude organizations and decline donations, gifts or sponsorships as it deems appropriate.

If your organization is in need of volunteers, please contact your local TD FEF Regional Manager to discuss the TD Volunteer Network – an online system through which charitable organizations can post local volunteer opportunities and TD employees can search and sign up to volunteer with causes they care about.


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For 25 years, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has worked to help protect the environment and green communities across Canada.  By donating to TD FEF, you’re directly supporting projects that make a difference in your community.

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