Action Grants

We believe that people want to make a difference and have a positive impact on the environment, but sometimes they need additional financial resources. We decided to help by providing small grants, usually $500, to support local projects that will improve the environment.

Grant Criteria 
EcoFriendly Sask is a small personal initiative (Who is EcoFriendly Sask?) so there is some flexibility in our grant criteria. However, we will expect you to demonstrate how your project meets the following criteria:

Type of Project 
Projects should reduce or prevent damage to the natural environment. This can be direct (habitat restoration, energy conservation) or indirect (environmental education, promotion of local natural habitats).

Projects should benefit the natural environment and not just people.

Projects should be concrete and have tangible results. For example, the Saskatoon Friendship Inn used their grant to purchase reusable cups to replace the styrofoam cups they were using. The Carrot River Valley Watershed Association received a grant to provide area schools with mini watershed models and educational books so that learning continued after the Association’s presentations. Locals concerned about food security received a grant to establish the Saskatoon Seed Library.

Although we think gardens are great, and have supported various garden projects in the past, we are not currently funding this type of project.

Applicants
Applicants should be individuals, schools, or community groups and institutions in Saskatchewan. You don’t have to have charitable status (but it’s good if you do).

Larger organizations and municipalities must demonstrate need and explain why the project cannot be supported through their own operational budget.

Projects must have a community-wide impact.

We do not support projects that are purely personal (e.g. purchasing a solar panel for a personal residence) even though we recognize there are benefits to setting an example.

Grants are not available for business initiatives (e.g. starting up a renewable energy company). 


Financial Considerations
Projects should be for short-term projects or start-up funding. We don’t provide support for ongoing operational funding. For example, we might help you to set up a composting program, but we wouldn’t provide you with a grant to maintain it on a long-term basis.

Projects should be small. We do not normally support large-budget projects with many sponsors. 

Demonstrate need. EcoFriendly Action Grants are designed to support projects that would not be able to go ahead without our support.

Application Process
There are no forms to fill in. Simply send us an email (ecofriendlysask@gmail.com) outlining your project idea, its purpose and audience, as well as what you need to help make it happen.

Clearly indicate how you will use the funds (e.g. a list of supplies that are required and approximate cost, a draft budget).

We accept grant proposals on a continuous basis. There are no application deadlines.

Expectations
Grant recipients will be expected to do the following:

Acknowledge receipt of the grant, using EcoFriendly Sask’s logo, in your organization’s electronic and print publications in order to increase awareness of EcoFriendly Sask’s publications and grant program.

Provide photographs and a written report at the completion of the project to be posted on EcoFriendly Sask’s website so that others can learn from your experience.

See also:
EcoFriendly Action Grants
10 Tips for Successful EcoFriendly Action Grant Applications
Who is EcoFriendly Sask?
EcoFriendly Action Grants 2014


2016 Total $12,100 to 15 projects
May 2016
Melissa Squire (Alchemy, Ecobain Garden) - $950 in order to obtain a lower price and plant 9,000 trees in Ness Creek/Big River area

Julia Adamson - $500 to purchase supplies for a community clean-up day at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Pride Festival - $550 to use the Bike Valet as part of the Festival's environmental sustainability initiatives

April 2016
M. Liota - $500 for a bokashi composting trial project to reduce waste and promote composting
Mary Sinclair - $500 to plant trees to help the earth and bring beauty at Poundmaker Cree Nation

March 2016
Ituna & District Regional Park - $500 for trees to replace the ones lost due to heavy rainfall
Saskatchewan Girl Guides - $500 for supplies for Cleaning Up Saskatchewan

February 2016
Elysium Music and Arts Foundation Inc. - $200 for signage to promote environmental awareness at Ness Creek Campsite

Marion Graham Outdoor Club - $500 for two pairs of skis for students who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to get outdoors and develop a stronger connection with the planet

Saskatoon Cycles - $500 to promote alternate means of transportation by assisting with expenses for IceCycle and author presentation on Feb. 27

Young Parent Program, Moose Jaw Family Services - $500 to purchase reusable dishes and containers

January 2016
Wild About Saskatoon - $5,000 to support the 2016 NatureCity Festival

Food Waste Coalition, Saskatoon - $400 to purchase the viewing rights to Just Eat It

Grade 8 class, St. George School - $500 for supplies for their Student Action for a Sustainable Future projects

John Paul II Key Club, North Battleford - $500 for supplies for planting trees in and around the Battlefords


2015 Total $20,257.01 to 28 projects
December 2015
School Community Council, Kincaid Central School - $500 for reusable dishes and cutlery for each classroom to assist with waste reduction

November 2015
Northeast Swale Watchers - $500 for a brochure and pin to equip and empower citizens to speak up on behalf of the Swale

October 2015
Saskatoon CarShare Co-operative - $1,000 to help support solar-powered car-sharing in Saskatoon

Saskatoon Teachers’ Association - $500 to support alternate forms of transportation by paying for free bus passes for 100 teachers attending the STA annual convention

Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards Dinner - $1,482.01 to provide environmentally sustainable wine for the dinner

September 2015
City Park Toy Library - $500 to support a planned expansion of the library to promote alternative models to traditional consumerism and reduce waste

August 2015
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan - $325 to fund an owl pellet dissection activity at Gone Wild for Wildlife, November 14, 2015

July 2015
Recycling & Lac La Ronge Waste Management Corporation - $500 to establish a kitchen and garden composting program for the Village of La Ronge

June 2015
St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Catholic Eparchial Camp - $500 to support nature programs at camp (bat houses, light pollution and star gazing, composting, trip to Pike Lake)

May 2015
Ecology Camps for Kids - $500 to support children's ecology camps

Two Green Wheels - $500 to support a bicycle-powered compost pick-up service in Saskatoon

PCAP - SK - $200 for prizes for the Native Prairie Appreciation Week youth poster contest

April 2015
Melfort Cross-Country Ski Club - $500 to repair the ski trails in Fort a la Corne provincial forest

Karen Farmer, Brit MacDonald (SFBLC), Prairie Garden Seed - $500 to establish the Saskatoon Seed Library

Macklin Daycare Inc. - $500 to set up raised garden beds and a compost bin

McDermid Community School Kindergarten (Regina) - $500 to set up raised beds for a school garden

Resort Village of Chorney Beach - $500 to purchase fruit trees, shrubs, and plants for a Nature Sanctuary

Nature Regina - $1,000 to purchase new signage for their Hidden Valley Sanctuary

March 2015
St. Gerard School, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools - $250 for a grade 4 class to participate in the Habitats and Adaptations program, Saskatoon Zoo Society

Anna & Doug Carman and Brent Veitch - $500 to support a solar power research project

P.J. Gillen School, Esterhazy - $500 to support the Go Green Club's projects (water, recycling, composting)

February 2015
Ecoquest, Saskatoon Public Schools - $500 to support bicycle-generated power and solar power in the classroom as part of their Student Action for a Sustainable Future project

Saskatoon Nature Society - $1000 to support the publication and distribution of an updated edition of their Guide to Nature Viewing Sites in and around Saskatoon

January 2015
Saskatoon Cycles - $500 to support Saskatoon's first Winter Cycling Fest

Young Parent Program, Moose Jaw Family Services - $500 for a composting program and garden-related children's activities

Saskatchewan Eco Network - $500 to support the 2015 Saskatoon Environmental Film Festival

Crystal's Home, North Battleford - $500 for a small space community container garden where youth will learn about recycling, composting, rain harvesting, nutrition, and teamwork

Wild About Saskatoon - $5,000 to support the 2015 NatureCity Festival


2014 Total $14,500 to 17 projects
November 2014
John Paul II KEY CLUB, North Battleford - $500 to support their tree planting project

September 2014
Saskatchewan Environmental Society/Western Development Museum - $2,000 to expand and maintain the Smarter Science, Better Buildings education program

July 2014
Saskatoon Friendship Inn - $1000 to purchase reusable cups so they can stop using disposable styrofoam ones.

May 2014
Craik Sustainable Living Project - $500 for permaculture landscaping using fruit trees in front of the Eco-Centre

Salthaven West Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre - $500 to build outdoor enclosures for injured wildlife

Biology 20 class, Aberdeen Composite School - $500 to purchase and plant trees in Aberdeen

April 2014
Buffalo Narrows Community Garden - $500 to establish a community Garden

Saskatchewan Solar Tours - $500 towards the 2014 bus tour of renewable energy sites in Regina and Moose Jaw

March 2014
Grade 8 class, Ecole Alvin Buckwold School - $500 to purchase automatic light sensors to reduce energy usage in their school

Prairie Habitat Garden, College of Education - $300 towards an Ecological Camp for Youth

CISV Shaunavon - $500 towards the May Mini Camp in the Cypress Hills

Wild about Saskatoon - $5000 towards the NatureCity Festival 2014

February 2014
Saskatchewan EcoNetwork - $500 towards the Saskatchewan Environmental Film Festival

Brittney Hoemsen/TRoutreach Saskatchewan - $500 for further research into the ecosystem health of Saskatchewan streams

Permaculture Research Institute of SK, Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch, and Let’s Talk Science - $500 for an urban agriculture, research and outreach, project

January 2014
Louise Jones & Anna Leighton (Northeast Swale Watchers) - $200 to attend the Urban Transportation conference

NPSS AGM & Conference - $500 sponsorship


2013 Total $24,500 to 18 projects
December 2013
Carrot River Valley Watershed Association - $500 to provide area schools with mini watershed models and educational books so that learning continues after the Association’s presentations

Outdoor School, Saskatoon Public Schools - $500 to travel to Yoho National Park and discuss the impacts of climate change on the South Saskatchewan watershed
 
September 2013
Rosemont Community School - $500 to help with establishing an edible plants garden for students.

August 2013
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation - $1000 to help with operations (see: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Knowledge, Expertise, Hard Work, and Love)

Francis Baita - $500 to help with research on sustainable diet production

June 2013
Pine Cree Regional Park - $500 to help with cleaning up their creek

Conscience International - $500 towards a shoe recycling project

May 2013
Ecology Camp for Kids - $500 to help with the Junior Leader Program

Redberry Lake Biosphere Reserve - $5000 towards their nature Discovery Trail

April 2013
The Garden Patch - $1500 for a cargo bike to transport produce to the Saskatoon Food Bank

Plastic Smart Saskatoon - $500 to help with their riverbank cleanups and other projects

Sutherland School - $500 to help with their outdoor garden and classroom

CISV Saskatoon - $500 to help with an environmentally themed youth camp

March 2013
CHEP Good Food Inc. - $10,000 to hire someone for the summer to work on the Backyard Garden Sharing Program

Grade 8 Experiential Program, Dr. J.G. Egnatoff School - $500 to provide reusable dishware for Dish It Up, providing hot, healthy school lunches without creating waste

University of Saskatchewan, Planning Students' Association - $500 to support CurioCity, an urban planning symposium promoting environmentally conscious transportation choices, local food security, and environmentally, economically and community-sensitive infill projects

February 2013
Cornerstone Family and Youth - $500 towards raised garden beds at Carlyle Elementary School

January 2013
Wild About Saskatoon - $500 towards NatureCity Festival


2012 Total $11,850 to 19 projects
October 2012
Francis Baita - $500 towards SPIN farming in Uganda (see: Financial Support for SPIN Farming in Uganda)

August 2012
The Stall Gallery - $350 towards Parking Day events

Our Saskatoon - $350 towards Parking Day events

Saskatchewan Environmental Society - $1500 for their Energy Awareness Saskatchewan project on Small Change Fund

TRoutreach Saskatchewan - $350 to support their fisheries research

July 2012
Saskatoon Cycles - $500 for the Bike Valet at the Fringe

Whitespace Initiatives - $500 towards the development of Pando Branches - an organizational tool for Out of Your Tree

June 2012
Saskatoon Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op - $1500 towards their Bike Power & Bike Laundry project on Small Change Fund. (see: Small Change Fund: Supporting Grassroots Environmental and First Nations Projects)

Saskatoon Cycles - $350 for the Bike Valet at the Civic Pancake Breakfast

TRoutreach Saskatchewan - $350 to support their fisheries research

Upper Souris Watershed Association - $350 to promote public awareness of the importance of water

May 2012
Saskatoon Nature Society - $500 towards the expense of offering tours of the Northeast Swale at Swale of a Day on June 10. Saskatoon residents are justifiably proud of the trails and parks along the river. Let's make it our goal to add the Swale to our repertoire of urban nature preserves, protecting the plants and animals for future generations to enjoy. (see: Saskatoon's Northeast Swale: Ancient River Valley, Urban Nature Reserve)

Craik Eco-Village / Delila Jahn-True - $250 to support Delila's participation in the World Environment Day activities at Craik on June 5. Delila will read from her book, Advice between Kingdoms - How the Hays moved Trash Mountain and organize some games to demonstrate how easy it can be to recycle waste.

Emmanuel Village Community Garden - $250 to assist with the cost of planting fruit trees and bringing in compost to extend the size of the garden. This will help to meet the demand for garden plots in one of Saskatoon's newest community gardens.

Meadow Lake Junior Forest Wardens - $250 to assist with the costs of an annual clean-up at Pagan Lake. It's a bigger job than usual this year due to last summer's windstorms, which caused major damage. They'll also install new signs, groom the trails, and build and install bird and bat boxes. (see: Meadow Lake Junior Forest Wardens Pagan Lake Clean-Up)

April 2012
Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum - $500 to support the Eco-Warriors Club, a new initiative. The club, for kids ages 9-12, combines field trips (e.g. the compost facilities at the RCMP Training Depot) and speakers (e.g. from the Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre).

March 2012
Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation - $2000 to help with their operations (see: Wildlife Rehabilitation: Knowledge, Expertise, Hard Work, and Love)

February 2012
Saskatchewan Eco-network - $500 to support the Environmental Film Festival

January 2012
Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan - $1000 to sponsor their annual conference (see: Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan)