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

For 2014 awards, applications for Sustainability Internships grants will be accepted on or before:

January 28, 2014

Click here to view the application guidelines for more information.    

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

For 2014 awards, letters of interest for Reinventing Growth grants will be accepted on or before:

February 25, 2014

Click here to view the application guidelines for more information.

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

The primary objective of the Metcalf Green Prosperity Challenge is to support creative, practical activities that reduce pressure on the natural environment in southern Ontario while also fostering economic and social well-being.

Metcalf believes there is a pressing need to identify ways in which we can address environmental challenges, in tandem with creating economic and social benefits. We are interested in understanding new ways of defining and realizing prosperity. We want to identify and support those doing new and innovative work to tackle the challenge of harmonizing environmental health and stability with economic health and stability.

Metcalf is launching a challenge to Ontario universities to propose research-based projects that demonstrate ways in which we can significantly reduce pressure on the natural environment in tandem with creating economic and social benefits. The program will award funding to innovative projects that meet the terms of this challenge. Metcalf anticipates awarding $10,000 to $40,000 to successful applicants.

Over time, Metcalf hopes to compile, document, and share proven examples of ways of synthesizing environmental and economic interests. We hope to communicate how these examples can translate into stronger communities. 

Program Eligibility

Applicants to this program must:

  • be an individual affiliated with an Ontario-based university (faculty member, graduate student, or an individual with a bona fide affiliation with an Ontario university); 
  • be focused on work that has shown commitment to the goals of the Environment Program, 
  • be based in and active within southern Ontario, and
  • be affiliated with an Ontario-based university that is registered as a charity at the Canada Revenue Agency.
Application Guidelines

The deadline for 2013 applications has now passed. Check the website in the spring for the 2014 deadline for applications and the full program guidelines.

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.