Funding Programs for Climate Resilience

Are you looking for a way to fund your climate preparedness project or for opportunities that can enhance climate adaptation? The list below (ordered alphabetically) provides a list of funds and opportunities. Please connect with the funding body to ask any questions about the particular grants. This page was last updated on April 12, 2022.

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Grant/Opportunity

Funder

Description

Deadline

Grant/Opportunity:
Funder:

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Description:

Supports the conservation, protection and recovery of target species and their habitats on Indigenous lands or traditional territories. Funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000.

Deadline:

Applications closed for 2022/23.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Description:

Supports research on the development or improvement of risk management tools and/or practices for the Canadian agriculture sector. Maximum of $25,000 per year.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Union of BC Municipalities

Description:

Assist local governments in delivering sustainable services by deepening asset management practices within their organizations. Maximum of $15,000.

Deadline:

Intake deadlines: May 6, 2022 & September 30, 2022

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Government of BC

Description:

Provides provincial and federal funding for community infrastructure projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Project evaluation includes consideration of adaptation and mitigation to climate change.

Deadline:

May 25, 2022

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Environment and Climate Change Canada

Description:

Supports projects related to youth climate awareness, community-based climate action, climate research at Canadian think tanks or academia, and advancing climate science and technology.

Deadline:

Applications currently closed.

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Indigenous Services Canada

Description:

Funds First Nations community-driven projects to build capacity to adapt to the health impacts of climate change. First Nations south of 60°N are eligible.

Deadline:

Next call in Summer 2022.

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Union of BC Municipalities

Description:

Suite of funding streams to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations and communities in responding to emergencies.

Deadline:

Applications currently closed.

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Union of BC Municipalities

Description:

To reduce the risk of wildfires and mitigate their impacts on BC communities. Includes FireSmart and Crown Land wildfire risk reduction.

Deadline:

Applications currently closed.

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Union of BC Municipalities

Description:

Provides funding for local governments in BC for capital infrastructure and capacity building projects including modification, reinforcement or relocation of existing public infrastructure to mitigate the effects of and/or improve resiliency to extreme national events and impacts or events related to climate change.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Infrastructre Canada

Description:

Supports structural and natural infrastructure projects to increase the resilience of communities that are impacted by natural disasters triggered by climate change.

Deadline:

July 20, 2022

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Environment and Climate Change Canada

Description:

To protect, rehabilitate, enhance and sustain the natural environment with funding between $25,000 and $100,000.

Deadline:

Applications closed for 2022/23.

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Indigenous Services Canada

Description:

Provides funding to First Nations communities so they can build resiliency, prepare for natural hazards and respond to them. Includes the Emergency Management Non-Structural Mitigation and Preparedness Program and Emergency Management FireSmart Program.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Catherine Donnelly Foundation

Description:

To catalyze a significant increase in public support for fast and deep-reaching climate change solutions. Of particular interest is a desire to engage with and support Indigenous-led climate justice movements.

Deadline:

Letter of Inquiry deadline: August 2022

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Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Description:

The intent of the Extreme Heat Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning funding stream is to support eligible applicants to ensure they have accurate knowledge of the risks associated with extreme heat and how these risks will change over time, and to develop effective response plans and strategies to prepare, mitigate, and adapt to those risks.

Deadline:

June 24, 2022

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Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Description:

Funds First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Infrastructure Canada

Description:

Aims to build more community buildings and improve existing ones – in particular in areas with populations experiencing higher needs – while also making the buildings more energy efficient, lower carbon, more resilient to climate change, and higher performing.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for small and medium retrofit projects.

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

Description:

Supports projects that restore, maintain, or enhance native freshwater fish and wildlife populations and habitats as well as environmental education.

Deadline:

Fall 2022

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Description:

Supports Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects. Up to $2.5 million over 5 years.

Deadline:

Application intake period suspended.

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First Nations Health Authority

Description:

Supports First Nations communities in reducing climate change impacts on health. Maximum of $100,000 per year.

Deadline:

Applications currently closed.

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Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Description:

Funds long-term (up to 3 years) climate monitoring projects in Indigenous communities.

Deadline:

Applications closed, next opportunity in Fall 2023.

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Government of BC

Description:

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help local governments develop or improve long-term comprehensive plans, including: asset management, stormwater, water, and liquid waste.

Deadline:

July 13, 2022

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Government of BC

Description:

Supports cost-sharing of infrastructure projects, with priorities including food security, road, air and marine infrastructure, broadband connectivity, efficient and/or reliable energy, and improved education and/or health facilities.

Deadline:

Applications closed.

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McConnell Foundation

Description:

Supports activities that are aligned with at least one of three focus areas: Climate, Reconciliation and Communities.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Description:

Provides up to $50,000 for a broad spectrum of asset management related activities, including planning, assessments, data collection, training, and more.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Description:

Includes several funding programs available to communities within the Northern Development service region. Although the focus of these programs is on economic development, programs can also support community goals related to clean energy and adaptation.

Deadline:

May 13, 2022

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Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Description:

Supports research teams to pursue climate mitigation or adaptation solutions, taking bold, but calculated, risks to test new climate solutions. Projects can be up to 3 years, with a maximum amount of $60,000 per year.

Deadline:

Applications currently closed.

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Real Estate Foundation of BC

Description:

Funds projects that support sustainability in give interest areas: land use, built environments, fresh water, food lands, and real estate profession. Can fund up to 50% of the cash portion of a project budget.

Deadline:

Applications closed for 2022.

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Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

Description:

An application based program available to local governments and other recipients outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District to support infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities.

Deadline:

June 30, 2022

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TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

Description:

Supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.

Deadline:

July 15, 2022

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Carthy Foundation

Description:

Funds initiatives that advance innovative policy and practice to enhance ecological systems in cities. Includes issues such as urban ecological design, water conservation, habitat and connectivity, green infrastructure, and natural capital practices.

Deadline:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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Vancouver Foundation

Description:

Offers grants for a wide variety of projects. Funding streams include: Emergency Community Support Fund, Neighbourhood Small Grants, Participatory Action Research Grants, and Systems Change Grants.

Deadline:

Multiple deadlines. See website for details.