Advancing Innovative Approaches to Sustainability, Equity, and Creativity
Environment Program
Helping to build a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada.

Our Environment Program aims to help build a
low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada.

We believe our ability to mitigate the impact and severity of climate change and transition to a low-carbon society is the defining test of our time. While the issues associated with this challenge are great we see an opportunity for substantial action, at both a policy and community level, in three important areas. These areas comprise the focus of our funding and align with our long-standing commitment to advance pragmatic approaches in support of bold visions. 

Cycle City

Overview

The goal of Cycle City is to help build a constituency and a culture that support cycling in Toronto. Over 70% of Torontonians would cycle more often if cycling infrastructure in the city were improved. 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: affordable and environmentally friendly transportation, active and healthy lifestyles, complete streets, and prosperous local economies to name just a few.

Cycle City funding supports community outreach efforts, network building and convening, research and public policy analysis, and broadening access to and convenience of cycling opportunities across the city. We encourage applications from collaboratives that are cross-sector in nature and include non-traditional partners.

Program 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.
Application Guidelines

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

Deadlines

For 2015 awards, applications for Cycle City grants will be accepted on or before:  

January 28, 2015

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.

Electrifying Movement

Overview

The goal of Electrifying Movement is to help advance the electrification of transportation and expand access to rapid public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The transportation sector represents the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. Working with our partners in the sector, we aim to help transition our region from fossil fuel-based transportation choices to clean, electrified modes while also encouraging greater investment in and support for affordable, accessible, and expanded public transit services. These are no doubt challenging propositions. But making progress on either front will result in a range of economic, environmental, and health benefits for our region.

Electrifying Movement funding supports network building and convening, research and public policy analysis, communications and outreach work, and pilot programs that seek to build support and advance measures for electrifying movement in the GTHA. We encourage applications from collaboratives that are cross-sector in nature and include non-traditional partners.

Program Eligibility

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

  • be committed to advancing the electrification of transportation and expanding access to rapid public transit in the GTHA;
  • be active within Ontario; and
  • have a current, valid charitable registration from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Application Guidelines

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

Deadlines

For 2015 awards, applications for Electrifying Movement grants will be accepted on or before:  

March 25, 2015

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.

Enabling Solutions

Overview

The goal of Enabling Solutions is to help create the necessary capacity for advancing the regulatory, policy, and economic conditions required for building a low-carbon, resource efficient, and resilient Canada. This work extends to areas such as fiscal policy, subsidy reform, targeted public investments, procurement strategies, and innovative market-based instruments. 

Enabling Solutions funding supports network building and convening, research and public policy analysis, and communications and outreach work.

Program Eligibility

For 2015, applications to Enabling Solutions are 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.