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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 advance natural climate solutions in Canada.

Well-functioning ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining a stable climate here on Earth. From forests to farmlands and grasslands to wetlands, Canada is home to a range of ecosystems that can store and sequester carbon. Natural climate solutions involve strategies to protect, restore, and steward the carbon services of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, while also benefitting biodiversity, and sustaining livelihoods.

Canada has a globally significant role to play in protecting biodiversity and advancing climate solutions. An integrated response to both climate change and biodiversity loss should take advantage of the efficient, cost-effective services provided by natural climate solutions.

Carbon Landscapes has a two-track funding strategy to move us forward.

Funding Strategy 1
Build sector capacity, intellectual leadership, and public understanding of linkages between climate action, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable livelihoods, to create space and support for advancing natural climate solutions. Examples of the type of work supported under this strategy include a mix of complementary and often combined activities, such as:

Public Policy Research and Analysis
Funding to produce timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new policies and programs, financing mechanisms, legal frameworks, and other levers to support natural climate solutions.

Convening and Collaboration
Funding to convene community leaders, non-governmental organizations, scientists, industry, and government officials to build bridges and common understanding of challenges and opportunities at the interface of climate action, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable livelihoods. Granting in this area would help convene leaders from within and across sectors to better link, coordinate, and advance mutually supportive activities.

Communications and Public Education
Funding to establish a public narrative and heightened level of awareness among Canadians and public officials of natural climate solutions. This will create public space and support for integrating and strengthening natural climate solutions as part of provincial, territorial, national, and international climate action plans.

Funding Strategy 2
Support a targeted set of protection, restoration, and stewardship efforts to store and sequester carbon and conserve biodiversity, that also results in cultural, economic, and social benefits. Our geographical areas of focus are currently limited to the Hudson Bay and James Bay Lowlands and the Mackenzie River Basin. Funding proposals for work under Strategy 2 are by invitation-only.

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 +

Deadline for Funding Strategy 1

The deadline for 2019 applications to Carbon Landscapes under Funding Strategy 1 is April 16, 2019, 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 that act as guides for achieving existing climate commitments at the provincial, territorial, and/or national levels.

Across Canada, 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, territorial, and national climate plans have identified priority areas for action. These include commitments to price 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 funding will support efforts to develop well-researched and clearly articulated strategies for implementing provincial, territorial, 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.

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 +

Please note for 2019 the Metcalf Foundation will not be accepting funding proposals for Climate Blueprints.

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.

A vast majority 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, 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 2019 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 recent cycling commitments in Toronto. Funding priority will be given to proposals focused on accelerating the implementation of Toronto’s Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan.

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.

Deadlines +

The deadline for 2019 applications is January 30, 2019, 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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