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Applicant's Guide and Form

Program requirements

1)      Core Requirements

All projects must clearly demonstrate that activities are measurable, provide opportunities for community members to take action and will result in a positive environmental impact.  All projects and activities must include:

  • at least one (1) key environmental indicator as per the list of performance indicators listed in the Annex;
  • actions that will lead to tangible environmental results within the timeframe of the project;
  • an indication of the potential for self-sustaining continuity after the termination of EcoAction support; and
  • requirements for alignment with provincial, territorial and/or municipal by-laws.

Projects that have a strong community engagement and education component must also include the methodology to measure the extent to which behavioural change will be achieved within the timeframe of the project, e.g. pre- and post- project surveys.

2)      Funding Requirements

At least 50% of the total value of your project must come from sources other than the Government of Canada.  Employment support programs within Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) and programs for Aboriginal people within Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) are exempt from this requirement.  Please contact us for more information.

Contributions to your project from sources other than the Government of Canada may be in the form of cash, in-kind support, or a combination of both.  In-kind support may include donations of:

  • equipment, materials and/or office space;
  • volunteer time for project activities, coordination or professional services;
  • expertise from consultants, elders or academics;
  • incentives, e.g. discounts offered on purchased items and services; and
  • any other donated goods or services that contribute to covering the costs of the project.


For example, a company may donate $500 worth of native tree seedlings or members of a local community group may volunteer 400 hours of their time to work on your project.  These are considered in-kind contributions toward your project and are attributed a fair market monetary value.

3) Community Support and Involvement Requirements

Project proposals need to demonstrate support and involvement of community members.  The EcoAction Community Funding Program is designed to provide Canadians with a way to become involved in the creation of more sustainable communities through the development of action-based projects that yield measurable results.  Through funded projects, Canadians are equipped with the tools they need to act on their knowledge and values as individuals and members of communities in support of environmental sustainability.


For example, a community project aiming to improve watershed health and water quality by engaging landowners and volunteers needs to submit, along with its application, letters demonstrating cash and/or in-kind support from the community and its project partners.