Nature London’s Community Eco-Grants Program

Invitation to Apply for Funding

 

Nature London is an organization whose geographical focus is London and Middlesex County.  The group’s motto is To Preserve and Enjoy Nature.  Our objectives, specifically, are as follows:

  • To acquire and disseminate knowledge about natural history;
  • To conserve wildlife and to protect its natural habitat;
  • To stimulate public interest in and understanding of nature and its protection and preservation; and
  • To develop and sponsor special interest groups in the various fields of natural history

Towards this end, the club conducts a wide range of activities including the support of environmental initiatives by other community organizations.

Funding Pool & Granting Amounts

For 2019, a total of $13,000 is available for the funding of environmental initiatives by various community groups.  Grants will be awarded from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $10,000 for successful applicants.

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Eligible Groups

  • Community groups and organizations with an environmental project
  • School groups (elementary & secondary)
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Aboriginal groups

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Eligible Projects

Nature London supports a wide range of conservation projects.  Contact us to determine the eligibility of potential projects not already listed below:

  • Bioblitzes
  • Butterfly / pollinator gardens
  • Citizen science projects in public green spaces
  • In-class/indoor and outdoor environmental education programming
  • Natural playgrounds (natural play elements only)
  • Purchases of conservation lands
  • Research projects
  • Schoolyard greening and outdoor classrooms
  • Trail & boardwalk construction / maintenance
  • Tree planting & other restoration work

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Ineligible Expenses

  • Landscaping/beautification or ornamental structures
  • Scholarships, grants or bursaries
  • Awards and prizes
  • Playground equipment
  • Expenses incurred prior to April 1 of the funding year

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Application Timelines

  • Applications for funding must be received before the start of your project. Funding for expenses already incurred will not be granted. Application deadline: February 15, 2019
  • Grants Committee meets: Late February 2019
  • Applicants notified: By March 15, 2019

All grant applications must be submitted electronically to ecogrants@naturelondon.com using the Microsoft Word form at the bottom of this webpage.

All grant applications will be acknowledged. Please contact us if your application has not been acknowledged within three (3) business days.

Nature London regrets that not all funding applications can be granted. Funding is allocated at the sole discretion of the Nature London Grants Committee and the Board of Directors. Applications received after the application deadline will be considered at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors and are subject to the availability of funds. In exceptional circumstances, the Board may entertain funding requests outside the Community Eco-Grants Program.

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Evaluation Criteria

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Further Nature London’s objectives
  • Meet a clearly defined environmental need within the community
  • Where possible, contain measurable indicators of success
  • Involve volunteers and partnerships with other groups, where applicable
  • Take place within the London / Middlesex region

Please Note:

  • The project for which funding is granted cannot take place before April 1.

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Other Important Guidelines

The Grants Committee reserves the right to place conditions on the release of grants (e.g. the securement of other sources of funding).  Such conditions will be outlined in the grant letter of notification.

Projects must be completed within one year of the receipt of the grant.

A Funding Accountability Report is due within 60 days of the project’s completion. (See the Microsoft Word form at the bottom of this webpage.) The report requires a digital (scanned) copy of all receipts associated with Nature London funding.

Funds must be spent as per the project budget. Any unused or surplus funds must be returned to Nature London. Funding may only be reallocated with the written permission of Nature London. Changes in activities, timelines or funding must be reported promptly to the Grants Committee at ecogrants@naturelondon.com.

Failure to spend the funds in the manner specified in the application, or to submit any of the required documentation or reports by the date stipulated, may disqualify the applicant from any future grants from Nature London. Future grants will not be considered unless reports on previous grants have been fully completed and received.

Successful applicants agree to recognize the support of Nature London in all written material relating to the project for which funding was received. An electronic copy of our logo will be provided for this purpose.

Successful applicants agree to provide Nature London with photographs of the project for use by the club.

Nature London reserves the right to profile projects through the use of photographs or articles within its print or electronic publications or within promotional materials.

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Word Templates: Funding Application and Accountability Report

Please use the following templates for all submissions:

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