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METCALF
FOUNDATION

Environment

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Carbon Landscapes

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Cycle City

Carbon Landscapes

Overview +

The goal of Carbon Landscapes is to connect climate action and conservation initiatives in Canada in order to help advance nature-based solutions to climate challenges across the country.

Well-functioning ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining a stable climate here on Earth. Forests and oceans serve crucial roles in storing and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. If it were not for these ecosystem services, the state of our planet’s climate due to carbon emissions from human activities would be much worse. A comprehensive response to climate change must take advantage of the efficient and relatively cost-effective services provided by natural ecosystems.

When it comes to Canadian climate philanthropy, funders including Metcalf have primarily focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from top emitting sectors (e.g. transportation, buildings, industry, electricity). But emissions reductions represent only one side of the climate solutions coin. Nature-based solutions involving carbon storage and sequestration services are also critically important yet often under-represented in climate strategies. From peatlands to kelp forests and grasslands to seagrass, Canada is home to a diversity of carbon rich ecosystems. Yet to date limited action has been taken to protect, restore, and steward the carbon services of terrestrial and marine ecosystems as part of provincial, territorial, and national climate strategies.

Carbon Landscapes has a two-track funding strategy to achieve our goal:

Funding Strategy 1
Build sector capacity, intellectual leadership, and public understanding of linkages between climate and conservation issues to create space and support for advancing policy priorities and place-based actions. Examples of the type of work we envision supporting under this strategy include:

Public Policy Research and Analysis
Funding to support the production of timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new policies and programs, financing mechanisms, legal frameworks, and other levers to help achieve climate and conservation goals in tandem.

Convening and Collaboration
Funding to convene non-governmental organizations, scientists, public officials, and other sector leaders to build bridges and common understanding of the climate and conservation interface. Granting in this area would help convene leaders from within and across sectors to better link, coordinate, and advance mutually supportive climate and conservation priorities.

Communications and Public Education
Funding to establish a public narrative and heightened level of awareness among Canadians and public officials that climate and conservation efforts go hand-in-hand. Making these connections will assist efforts to integrate and strengthen nature-based solutions as part of provincial, territorial, national, and international climate action plans.

Funding Strategy 2
Support a targeted set of place-based protection, restoration, and stewardship efforts to store and sequester carbon that also results in cultural, economic, and social benefits. Our place-based areas of focus and application process will be announced in 2018.

Application Process +

Eligibility

Organizations may apply individually or in collaboration with others. Lead applicants must:

  • be committed to advancing nature-based climate solutions at the local, provincial, territorial, and/or national levels in Canada; and
  • have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Deadlines for Funding Strategy 1

For 2018, the deadlines for applications to Carbon Landscapes under Funding Strategy 1 are:

April 17, 2018, 2:00pm
October 17, 2018, 2:00pm

FAQs +

  • My organization is not a registered charity but we are incorporated as a not-for-profit. Can we submit an application to the Foundation?

    Lead applicants must have a current charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency. Non-charitable partners can be included as part of a collaborative grant application led by a registered charity.

  • Can a single organization submit more than one application to Carbon Landscapes in a given funding round?

    While we recognize that organizations may be involved in many activities and projects, it is not the Foundation’s customary practice to consider more than one application from any one organization in a given funding round. Please limit your request to one project unless otherwise arranged with Foundation staff.

  • Can an organization apply for grants from more than one Environment Program focus area (i.e. Carbon Landscapes, Climate Blueprints, and Cycle City) during the same year?

    Yes. These applications would be treated separately, and each would be assessed on its individual merits.

  • What is the maximum/minimum size of a grant under the Environment Program?

    There is no maximum or minimum grant size; we simply ask that applications be submitted with budgets appropriate to the proposed work, organization’s size, and human resources capacity.

  • Can organizations apply for multi-year funding?

    Yes. The Foundation will entertain proposals for multi-year funding based on the nature and scope of project goals.

  • What additional information will help an application?

    To help inform our review and funding decisions, we encourage applicants to provide a short 1-2 page document with a list of links to critical research and relevant reports that directly connect to the proposal under review. We do not welcome the inclusion of full reports, research papers, and other material such as annual reports and newsletters.

Climate Blueprints

Overview +

The goal of Climate Blueprints is to produce implementable policy reports — accessible, well-researched, and balanced — that act as guides for achieving climate commitments at the provincial and/or national levels.

Across Canada there is strong support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A great deal of time and effort has been spent researching, identifying, and debating how key sectors of the Canadian economy can advance climate solutions. A number of provincial climate plans and the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change have identified priority areas for action. These include commitments to price carbon pollution, decarbonize our electricity and transportation systems, improve the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, and reduce emissions from industry and agriculture, to name just a few. This progress is noteworthy but governments can struggle with how to effectively implement their policy commitments.

Climate Blueprints will support efforts to develop thoughtful, well-packaged, and clearly articulated strategies for implementing provincial and national-level climate commitments. A key deliverable for each grant is a report that outlines policy options for achieving a specific climate plan commitment. Report author(s) are expected to frame their topic of choice with a brief background analysis of why the issue is critical to climate action in Canada, a comparison of the most feasible and effective policy options available, an evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of each option using relevant criteria (e.g. effectiveness, financial implications, public and stakeholder support, and ease of implementation), and conclude with one or more tangible pathways forward, including a list of actions that could be implemented at once or in steps over time.

In drafting the blueprint document, grantees can use Metcalf funds to cover direct research and writing time, associated expenses that could include convening expert advisory tables and undertaking stakeholder interviews, and communications costs related to the report’s design and release strategy. The Foundation will also consider time-limited expenses to support outreach activities related to the report’s circulation and use.

Application Process +

Eligibility

Organizations may apply individually or in collaboration with others. Lead applicants must:

  • be committed to advancing the implementation of low-carbon solutions at the provincial and/or national levels in Canada;
  • have an established track record of producing timely, accessible, and well-researched public policy work; and
  • have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Deadlines

For 2018, the deadlines for applications to Climate Blueprints are:

March 29, 2018, 2:00pm
July 25, 2018, 2:00pm
October 3, 2018, 2:00pm

FAQs +

  • My organization is not a registered charity but we are incorporated as a not-for-profit. Can we submit an application to the Foundation?

    Lead applicants must have a current charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency. Non-charitable partners can be included as part of a collaborative grant application led by a registered charity.

  • Can a single organization submit more than one application to Climate Blueprints in a given funding round?

    While we recognize that organizations may be involved in many activities and projects, it is not the Foundation’s customary practice to consider more than one application from any one organization in a given funding round. Please limit your request to one project unless otherwise arranged with Foundation staff.

  • Can an organization apply for grants from more than one Environment Program focus area (i.e. Carbon Landscapes, Climate Blueprints, and Cycle City) during the same year?

    Yes. These applications would be treated separately, and each would be assessed on its individual merits.

  • What is the maximum/minimum size of a grant under the Environment Program?

    There is no maximum or minimum grant size; we simply ask that applications be submitted with budgets appropriate to the proposed work, organization’s size, and human resources capacity.

  • Can organizations apply for multi-year funding?

    Yes. The Foundation will entertain proposals for multi-year funding based on the nature and scope of project goals.

  • What additional information will help an application?

    To help inform our review and funding decisions, we encourage applicants to provide a short 1-2 page document with a list of links to critical research and relevant reports that directly connect to the proposal under review. We do not welcome the inclusion of full reports, research papers, and other material such as annual reports and newsletters.

Cycle City

Overview +

The goal of Cycle City is to help build a constituency and a culture that support cycling in Toronto.

Over 80% of Torontonians support the creation of a city wide safe cycling network – and they want it built as soon as possible. Whether through bike lanes or bike parking, bike programs or bike access, or simply celebrating the beauty and fun of propelling oneself and others around the city on two wheels, there is much work to be done to make Toronto an exemplary city for cycling. There are also many benefits to be realized including affordable and environmentally friendly transportation, active and healthy lifestyles, safe streets for all road users, and prosperous local economies.

Our 2018 Cycle City funding will support public education and community organizing, network building and convening, research and public policy analysis, and other complementary efforts to build on and advance the implementation of recent cycling commitments in Toronto. We encourage applicants to connect cycling work with a range of desired outcomes, including a healthier environment, human health and wellness, safe streets, and local economic prosperity.

Application Process +

Eligibility

Organizations may apply individually or in collaboration with others. Lead applicants must:

  • be committed to improving cycling programs, culture, services, and infrastructure in Toronto;
  • be based and active within the City of Toronto; and
  • have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Deadline

The deadline for 2018 applications is January 31, 2018, 2:00pm.

FAQs +

  • My organization is not a registered charity but we are incorporated as a not-for-profit. Can we submit an application to the Foundation?

    Lead applicants must have a current charitable registration number from the Canada Revenue Agency. Non-charitable partners can be included as part of a collaborative grant application led by a registered charity.

  • Can a single organization submit more than one application to Cycle City in a given funding round?

    While we recognize that organizations may be involved in many activities and projects, it is not the Foundation’s customary practice to consider more than one application from any one organization in a given funding round. Please limit your request to one project unless otherwise arranged with Foundation staff.

  • Can an organization apply for grants from more than one Environment Program focus area (i.e. Carbon Landscapes, Climate Blueprints, and Cycle City) during the same year?

    Yes. These applications would be treated separately, and each would be assessed on its individual merits.

  • What is the maximum/minimum size of a grant under the Environment Program?

    There is no maximum or minimum grant size; we simply ask that applications be submitted with budgets appropriate to the proposed work, organization’s size, and human resources capacity.

  • Can organizations apply for multi-year funding?

    Yes. The Foundation will entertain proposals for multi-year funding based on the nature and scope of project goals.

  • What additional information will help an application?

    To help inform our review and funding decisions, we encourage applicants to provide a short 1-2 page document with a list of links to critical research and relevant reports that directly connect to the proposal under review. We do not welcome the inclusion of full reports, research papers, and other material such as annual reports and newsletters.

The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
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