Greening Your Community’s Future – Jun 01, 2009

Ontario community groups and schools who want to tackle an environmental project but just haven’t had the funding may now be able to make their project a reality thanks to the new Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund. Made possible through the generous support of Sobeys Ontario, this new fund will provide grants of up to $20,000 to support local grass roots environmental initiatives.

“There are many great environmental initiatives across Ontario that are waiting for financial support to bring them to life,” said Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. “The Community Environment Fund will provide the much needed financial support and encouragement to hundreds, if not, thousands of community not-for-profit and school environmental projects across the province.”

Project possibilities are truly endless and could range from creating a native plant garden in a local park to erecting alternative energy sources in a community centre. The Fund is open to Canadian, community-based, not-for-profit organizations and schools to support environmental projects. In addition, eligible projects must

  • be open to the public;
  • have a strong volunteer-involvement component;
  • engage the local community;
  • be located on publicly accessible property;
  • have a plan to be sustainable beyond the life of the grant;
  • demonstrate quantifiable benefits and achievements to the environment;
  • have signed approval of the school’s principal if they are school applications; and
  • be completed within one year of receipt of the grant.

“Earth Day Canada and Sobeys Ontario through our network of Sobeys, Foodland, IGA and Price Chopper stores, share the belief that simple actions can make a tremendous impact,” said David Jeffs, President of Operations, Sobeys Ontario. “I am optimistic this new fund will make a sustained and meaningful difference in our communities and I encourage all interested applicants in Ontario to submit their project applications.”

A committee consisting of representatives from Earth Day Canada and Sobeys Ontario will evaluate submissions twice a year based on pre-determined criteria. The deadline for applications for the first funding period is August 31, 2009. For full details and to apply online, visit www.earthday.ca or, visit any Sobeys, Foodland, IGA or Price Chopper store.