Ontario is launching Partners in Climate Action, a grant program designed to identify and support the development, testing and evaluation of innovative ideas to accelerate the adoption of low-carbon choices by Ontarians. The program will provide funding to projects that:
- help Ontarians understand how their actions contribute to climate change;
- identify and remove barriers to behaviour change;
- motivate Ontarians to make low-carbon choices; and
- evaluate behaviour-based approaches to achieving greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
The program is looking to fund projects that implement and evaluate behaviour-based, action-oriented approaches to achieving greenhouse gas reductions in Ontario. The program will not fund awareness raising campaigns, pure research projects, or investments in capital assets or infrastructure.
Applicants may request up to $200,000 per project from Partners in Climate Action. Projects with additional funding secured from other partners are encouraged.
Approved projects could plan to start as early as fall 2017 and must be complete by March 2019.
Applicants may submit an optional expression of interest (EOI) by Wednesday, June 28 2017, for early feedback on their project idea. Information on EOI requirements are found on page 17 of the attached application guide.
Partners in Climate Action grant program is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The action plan and cap and trade program form the backbone of Ontario’s strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.
Deadline: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
To be considered eligible to apply, organizations must be legal entities operating in Ontario. Applications will not be accepted from individuals or from provincial or federal governments or their agencies. Partnerships between organizations are encouraged.
Project proposals must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.
o Eligible lead organization
o Appropriate project timeline (project and project evaluation must be complete by March 2019)
o Uses recognized or emerging tool(s) to motivate behaviour change that addresses a barrier to climate action
o Proposes appropriate metrics, such as:
- Projected increased uptake in low-carbon choices amongst project participants (expressed as a per cent or a raw measure)
- Projected direct and/or indirect GHG emissions reductions supported by project (in kg CO2)
- Number of Ontarians engaged in a behaviour-based low-carbon project (the project’s participation rate)