Deadline to submit the Expression of Interest is extended to Friday, March 2, 2018, at 5 p.m. Please read the Application Guidelines before submitting your Expression of Interest.

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

Key Dates

Expression of Interest deadline March 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Objectives

All proposed projects for grant funding must satisfy one or more of the following objectives:

  • Directly result in a reduction in the amount of residential waste produced or an increase in the amount of residential waste diverted from landfill;
  • Directly enhance the ability of individuals or the community group to engage in activities that will result in the reduction and/or diversion of residential waste; and/or
  • Foster long-term changes in behaviour that result in waste reduction or increased participation in the City of Toronto’s diversion programs.

Eligible Projects

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

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

The City will accept applications for $5,000 up to a maximum of $25,000 in grant funding.

For a detailed program overview, please refer to the Application Guidelines.

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

Project Eligibility

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)

Application Process

To apply, please complete and submit an Expression of Interest to livegreengrants@toronto.ca by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2018.

The City will review the Expressions of Interest and invite selected applicants to proceed to the next step, which involves submitting a Full Application.

Important application rules:

  • Submit the completed EOI, as a Microsoft Word document to: livegreengrants@toronto.ca by Friday, March 2, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • We will not process an incomplete EOI.
  • We will only process one EOI per organization per grant round. If more than one EOI is submitted by the same applicant, we will only review the submission that was received first.
  • City of Toronto staff will review the EOI applications and short-list the proposals that will proceed to the next stage – Step Two: Full Application.

Waste Reduction Community Grants Timelines – 2018

Stage Key Dates (2018)
Grant applications/Expression of Interest Application opens January 2
Expression of Interest (EOI) submission deadline March 2 at 5 p.m.
Notification to shortlisted EOI applicants March 21
Full Application submission deadline April 13 at 5 p.m.
Full Application reviewed by the Grant Review Committee Beginning of May