Advancing Innovative Approaches to Sustainability, Equity, and Creativity
Environment Program

Our Environment Program, Prosperity in Balance, seeks to strengthen our ability to harness the ecological, socio-economic, and cultural benefits of living within the earth’s environmental limits.  

Prosperity in Balance is based on the belief that it is possible to strengthen and preserve the integrity of our natural environment in tandem with a successful economy that allows individuals to flourish and communities to thrive. Over time, Metcalf hopes to compile, communicate and translate proven examples of better ways of integrating what’s best for both the environment and the economy into stronger communities and more effective decision-making throughout our society. As usual, Metcalf will also look for ways to tie new ideas and promising project outcomes to complementary policy development.

Our Environment Program has three complementary components:

Sustainability Internships

Overview

Metcalf Sustainability Internships provide opportunities for talented recent graduates to grow and develop within organizations that are working towards improving the natural environment at the same time as building economically and socially healthy communities.

The Foundation is committed to supporting opportunities for individuals in southern Ontario, who have recently entered the sustainability field, to enhance their skills and scope. By creating productive entry points, we encourage organizations to reaffirm their commitment to the future by formally mentoring and training new leaders. 

While the Foundation will support a variety of internship opportunities, we are particularly interested in fostering cross-disciplinary learning.  Internships must be a minimum of six months in duration.  Grants will be made for interns’ salaries and benefits to a maximum of $30,000 for a 12-month internship.  Co-op work terms are not eligible for funding.

Program Eligibility

Applicants to this program must:

  • be an organization that has shown commitment to the goal of the Environment Program, 
  • be based in and active within southern Ontario, and
  • be registered as a charity at the Canada Revenue Agency.
Application Guidelines

For a full description of the program, including the process for making an application, please view the program guidelines here.

Deadlines

The deadline for 2014 applications has now passed.

FAQs

For frequently asked questions, please review the FAQ section.

Past Grants

To review past Metcalf Foundation grants, please visit the Who We Fund section.

Reinventing Growth

Overview

The primary objective of the Reinventing Growth initiative is to reduce pressure on the natural environment in southern Ontario by identifying and supporting creative, practical activities that protect the environment in tandem with ensuring economic and social well-being. The program places a heavy emphasis on supporting and promoting the translation of good ideas into tangible exemplars.

Reinventing Growth, part of the Metcalf Prosperity in Balance program, is designed to support charitable organizations that are working at the interface of the environment and the economy. That work should include: exploring, developing, and implementing innovative approaches to reducing pressure on the natural environment while strengthening the viability of the economy and the well-being of communities; actively seeking opportunities for ongoing dialogue, collaborative learning, and reflection; and inspiring people and communities to contribute to positive change. 

We believe that community-based organizations should have a central role in the environment and economy debate through their contributions to policy analysis, community engagement, project implementation, and scientific research. They promote alternative visions and best practices that reflect deep ecological and social values. They reach out to diverse interests to find common ground and shared goals. We want to assist these organizations in their work.  

Program Eligibility

Applicants to this program must:

  • be an organization that has shown commitment to the goal of the Environment Program,
  • be based in and active within southern Ontario, and
  • be registered as a charity at the Canada Revenue Agency.
Application Guidelines

For a full description of the program, including the process for making an application, please view the program guidelines here.

Deadlines

The deadline for 2014 applications has now passed.

FAQs

For frequently asked questions, please review the FAQ section.

Past Grants

To review past Metcalf Foundation grants, please visit the Who We Fund section.

Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge

Overview

There is no one answer or strategy to help build a low-carbon, resource efficient, resilient economy in southern Ontario. Through the Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge, the Foundation seeks to elicit a multiplicity of views and opinions on the possibilities of building such an economy.

For the 2014 Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge, the Foundation is commissioning a series of Green Prosperity Papers. The Foundation is inviting proposals for papers from a select number of researchers at Ontario-based universities who have a track record of producing research for public dissemination.

The primary audience for these papers includes: public officials, citizen activists and NGOs, industry leaders, policy makers, and academics with an interest in public policy. The Foundation hopes these papers will provide a platform for broad-based dialogue on the myriad possibilities for building a new economy.

Program Eligibility

The 2014 Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge is by invitation-only.

FAQs

For frequently asked questions, please review the FAQ section.

Past Grants

To review past Metcalf Foundation grants, please visit the Who We Fund section.