Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-led efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City of Toronto’s waste diversion programs. A priority will be placed on investing in actions that address multi-residential buildings, multi-lingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Key Dates

Applications Open: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Expression of Interest Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018, at 5 p.m.

 

The grants support the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and reflect its guiding principles: working with community partners to enhance access to waste diversion programs; and increasing public engagement and working together to deliver services. The strategy puts priority on reducing and encouraging the prevention of waste, maximizing its value before disposal, and supporting the move towards a circular economy. Waste diversion, which minimizes the amount of waste sent to landfill, follows reduction and reuse in order of priority.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support innovative community-led efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City of Toronto’s waste diversion programs.

Examples of projects eligible for funding could include:

  • Initiatives that support reduction and reuse
  • Waste education and engagement initiatives
  • Initiatives that align with the Long Term Waste Management Strategy (e.g. repair, exchange, swapping and sharing of goods)

Funds may not be used to support clean-up events.

Eligible groups include resident, tenant, and neighbourhood associations, service clubs, ethnic community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs, and councils.

A priority will be placed on investing in actions that address multi-residential buildings, multilingual communities, equity-seeking groups and Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Key Dates

Applications Open: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Expression of Interest Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Eligible groups include resident, tenant, and neighbourhood associations, service clubs, ethnic community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs, and councils.

Examples of projects eligible for funding could include:

  • Initiatives that support reduction and reuse
  • Waste education and engagement initiatives
  • Initiatives that align with the Long Term Waste Management Strategy (e.g. repair, exchange, swapping and sharing of goods)

Funds may not be used to support clean-up events

The following eligibility criteria must be met:

  1. the project must demonstrate how it aligns with the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and supports the City’s aspirational Zero Waste goal;
  2. the organization must be incorporated and have non-profit status. Organizations without these prerequisites may apply if they enter into a trusteeship agreement with an incorporated non-profit organization; and
  3. your group/organization must fall into one of the eligible categories below.

Eligible

  • Resident, tenant, neighbourhood, and business associations
  • Service clubs
  • Ethnic community organizations
  • Registered charitable organizations and environmental organizations
  • School groups, clubs and councils

Ineligible

  • Building managers and property owners
  • For-profit businesses
  • Individuals
  • Grant making organizations
  • Organizations allied with political parties
  • Organizations without a clear distinction between religious and community service functions at the program and budget levels
  • Academic institutions
  • School Boards
  • Organizations with an active or incomplete project funded by the Waste Reduction Community Grants

Key Dates

Applications Open: January 2, 2018
Expression of Interest Deadline: February 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Application Process

The first step in the application process is to submit an Expression of Interest. The City will review the Expressions of Interest and invite selected applicants to proceed to the next step, which involves submitting a full application.

The Expression of Interest template will be available here in mid-December.

Q. Can projects support waste reduction efforts in buildings/establishments that don’t receive City waste collection services?

A. Yes, but the project must align with the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and support the City’s aspirational Zero Waste goal.

Q. Can organizations apply for capital funding?

A. Organizations may apply for capital funding, but the grant must fund an innovative capital expense. For example, waste bins, bin enclosures and bin washing would not be eligible for funding.

Q. Can organizations apply to fund an event?

A: Funding will not be granted for one-time events, though a program launch event could be part of an application.

Q. Can organizations apply to fund a clean-up event?

A. Funding will not be granted for clean-up events.

Q. Can organizations use grant funding for stipends or honorariums?

A. No.

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