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Applicant's Guide and Form

What projects and activities may not be funded?

The following activities are not eligible for funding:

  • projects already under way; 
  • continuation of projects previously funded by EcoAction;
  • ongoing programs and activities;
  • activities required by law and/or mandated by all levels of government;
  • projects in relation to the enforcement of or compliance with by-laws in effect;
  • projects focused primarily on the purchase of capital assets;
  • activities focused primarily on research and monitoring activities;
  • activities focused primarily on planning;
  • projects designed only to beautify an area;
  • preparation of formal curriculum materials;
  • core organizational functions (e.g., meetings, maintenance and administration);
  • annual or regular organizational events/campaigns;
  • expenses to attend general conferences;
  • projects focused on recreational activities;
  • purchase or construction of infrastructure (e.g., land, buildings, roads and bridges);
  • purchase of a vehicle;
  • incentives and rebates (but can be used as matching);
  • project activities that fall under the mandate of other government funding programs, including other Environment Canada funding programs (however, may support activities that complement such programs);
  • lobbying, advocacy or fundraising activities (or that can be perceived as such);
  • decontamination of sites;
  • further disbursement of funds to a third party recipient (i.e. micro grants); and
  • projects outside of Canada.

Note: Projects related to Species at Risk and Invasive Alien Species are supported by Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program and/or Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program.  For more information on these programs, visit www.ec.gc.ca/pace-cape.


If you are unsure about the eligibility of your project and related costs, please contact your Environment Canada regional office.