Our transition to a low-carbon economy will require deep, targeted investments in the design, development, and implementation of new solutions. Adequate funding is therefore needed to resource a wide range of climate initiatives led by civil society groups, academia, industry, and public bodies. That’s why funders like The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) continue to invest in low-carbon opportunities around the region and beyond.
1. Metcalf Foundation invests in initiatives that help create a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada. Their Environment Program has three areas of focus:
- Carbon Landscapes
- Climate Blueprints
- Cycle City
2. Ontario Trillium Foundation supports environmental initiatives that encourage people to reduce their impact on the environment through their Green People action area. Here are their priority outcomes.
3. McConnell Foundation emphasizes a balance between social, economic, and environmental priorities. The RENEW: Energy and Economy granting stream takes applications on a rolling basis.
4. Ontario Centre for Excellence’s TargetGHG program helps large industrial plants to adopt leading-edge technology and supports Ontario’s entrepreneurs to develop creative new cleantech solutions.
5. The Ivey Foundation’s Economy and Environment program supports the development of projects that integrate the economy and the environment. All proposals must be from a registered Canadian charitable organization.
6. Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Liveable Communities supports community initiatives through a matching grant program. The Partners for Places program invests in partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and the well-being of all residents.
7. Last but certainly not least, The Atmospheric Fund (that’s us!) has two granting streams to support your low-carbon projects. We focus on high-impact emissions reductions in the GTHA in two main priority areas:
- High-Performance Buildings
- Clean Transportation
Additionally, we launched the Low-Carbon Neighbourhoods fund to support community engagement on the co-benefits of key climate actions outlined in TransformTO the City’s climate plan. Our upcoming grant application deadline is Friday, August 31. If you’re interested in applying for a TAF grant, let’s chat. Please email us to discuss your project idea.
For more information, here’s our full list of other climate-related funding opportunities. Feel free to let us know if there are other funders we should include. For homeowners and building owners, we also compiled a list of available grants and incentives for energy retrofits.
Climate change continues to be a top priority for funders and investors. We hope our list is a helpful launch pad to support your low-carbon initiative.