Congratulations on obtaining funding from Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program!
As a successful recipient you are required to read The Recipient's Guide to Environment Canada Contribution Agreement. The Guide outlines the requirements for the management and reporting of projects.
This guide contains:
- Information about roles, responsibilities and mutual obligations
- Step-by-step details of the process of managing your Contribution Agreement
- An overview of each section in a Contribution Agreement
- Important instructions on how to properly complete required forms and
- Answers to frequently asked questions.
You will receive a hard copy of the The Recipient's Guide to Environment Canada Contribution Agreement from your Project Officer or an electronic version is also available.
Reporting to Environment Canada
Types of Reports Required
There are two types of reports required: activity and financial reports. Section 8 of your Contribution Agreement requires you to submit financial reports and progress reports on Project Activities. Reports must be written so that Environment Canada can clearly understand the progress you are making with your Activities and how you are using Environment Canada funds to conduct your Activities.
Templates are provided for your use in Appendix D of your Contribution Agreement. Electronic versions are also available by contacting your Project Officer and/or downloadable in the following formats:
- Excel or PDF formats to save and complete electronically.
NOTE: To save the Excel or PDF documents on your computer use a different name. Start by opening the document, click on 'File', choose 'Save As', choose the location on your computer, rename the document, and hit 'Save'.
The following templates are required prior to signing the Contribution Agreement with Environment Canada.
- Project cashflow
Your Project Cashflow is a simple spreadsheet that outlines your project’s income and expenditures. It is an integral tool for determining the timing of, and how much, funding you require to successfully complete your project. Annex A of the Recipient Guide to Environment Canada Contribution Agreement contains helpful step-by-step instructions for filling out your Project Cashflow.
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- Appendix E
The Appendix E is an integral part of the Contribution Agreement and provides additional project information such as project objectives, the expected results and performance indicators, and the work plan. Project results must be written in measurable (i.e. specific and quantifiable) terms, so that it is possible to establish how the project is proceeding and whether it is having positive effects on the environment and/or community capacity. For EcoAction, all projects must include at least one (1) environmental indicator as per the list of performance indicators.
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During project delivery
Environment Canada may contact you at any point in time during your project implementation. It is your responsibility to make all reasonable efforts to respond to ad-hoc requests by Environment Canada for information on project progress. You are also required to advise Environment Canada immediately of any substantial events that could impact the project timeline or cashflow requirements.
- Project Activity Report
The Project Activity Reports allow you to report on progress of project activities. These reports are due as per the schedule outlined in your Contribution Agreement. It will be to your benefit to complete these reports as quickly as possible and to discuss any changes to your financial forecast with your Project Manager, so that you receive payments in a timely manner. Copies of any relevant publications or media reports should be included in your report(s).
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- Request for Payment
The Request for Payment will allow you to quickly and easily request a reimbursement for Eligible Expenditures you have already incurred, request a new advance and/or report on how you used an advance that Environment Canada already provided you. To request payment, you are required to use this form. Environment Canada does not accept other types of requests for payment (such as invoices). Refer to Annex B of the Recipient Guide to Environment Canada Contribution Agreement for detailed step-by-step instructions on how to properly complete the Request for Payment form.
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End of fiscal year for multi-year projects
If you have a multi-year project (that extends to more than one fiscal year), you are required to submit at the end of each fiscal year of your project an Annual Project Cashflow Update and an Annual Project Report. These reports are due as per the schedule outlined in your Contribution Agreement.
- Annual Project Cashflow Update:
The annual update provides a forward looking statement of cash flow for the next 12 months of your project. Annex A of the Recipient Guide to Environment Canada Contribution Agreement contains helpful step-by-step instructions for filling out your Project Cashflow.
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- Annual Project Report
The Annual Project Report provides an update on project activities to ensure that any changes in the workplan or difficulties or barriers that may impact the success of the project are addressed. If there are major changes to the project activities or financial requirements, an amendment to the Contribution Agreement will be required.
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End of project
- Final Report
The Final Report provides information on project highlights, a description of outcomes with respect to results set out in the Contribution Agreement, a quantitative and qualitative description of the accomplishments/successes of the project, challenges faced and solutions found, information on results (negative or positive) that were not anticipated, and lessons learned. It also includes a section on final financial accounting for the entire duration of your project including a total project income and expenditure summary, an explanation for any financial variances, and how funds flowing from your project have been used. Environment Canada must reconcile expenses against the contributions paid and verify the results achieved before your final payment can be released. Funds not utilized must be returned to the Receiver General. The requirements and deadlines to submit your Final Report are specified in your Contribution Agreement. Submitting your Final Report late, or in an incomplete manner, may result in your final payment not being issued or being delayed.
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- Performance Indicators Report
Performance indicators are measurable results that demonstrate how your project objectives are met. The Performance Indicators Report enables you to demonstrate to Environment Canada that your project has met its objectives and expected results. All projects must include at least one (1) environmental indicator as per the list of performance indicators.
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- In-kind Contribution Record
The In-kind Contribution Record provides a summary of in-kind contributions received for your project. The EcoAction Community Funding Program requires matching funding, and in-kind contributions represent a significant portion of funding sources for the Program's projects. Environment Canada must ensure that tracking and monitoring are applied to such project contributions.
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