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Develop and implement an integrated funding program to support community based environmental initiatives.


Final update (September 2014)
Since it's inception in 2011, the Integrated Community Environmental Fund (CEF) has provided at total of $430,000 in grants for 75 projects with a total leveraged value of almost $1.7 million.

 In 2014 the CEF awarded nearly $115,000 to 21 qualifying projects. These included nine school greening projects, renewing tree canopies on the TransCanada Trail, and expanding a community garden project at the House of Friendship. An ongoing focus of the Fund includes planting trees in schoolyards, along trails, on public lands and private properties. The Fund also supports other environmental initiatives, such as controlling invasive non-native species, promoting sustainable local food production, restoring natural areas and environmental research projects.

Progress Update (September 2013)

In 2012/2013, an additional 36 applications  for funding were received in the second annual call for proposals with 31 attaining approval from Regional Council. The total approved for grants in 2013 was $161,000 with a leveraged value of over $1 million including cash and in-kind contributions of grant recipients. Since it's inception in 2011, the integrated Community Environmental Fund (CEF) has provided $430,000 in grants for a total of 75 projects with a total leveraged value of almost $1.7 million. The third annual public call for proposals for the integrated CEF is planned for October 2013 with recommendations for Council consideration planned for end of January immediately after the 2014 budget is approved.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The integrated Community Environmental Fund was launched in November 2011 and included an application package for two complementary Environmental Stewardship and Community Sustainability grant streams.  In total, 44 applications were received by the January 16, 2012 deadline, and 28 projects received Council approval for funding in early spring. 

The fund awarded almost $270,000 which assisted in securing an additional investment of over $600,000 from applicants.  The approved projects involve a diverse array of stakeholders including:

  • local schools
  • area municipalities
  • non-profit groups

They also address numerous topics such as:

  • protection and rehabilitation of natural areas
  • renewable energy
  • waste reduction
  • promotion of local organic food production

Progress Indicators

  • Develop terms of reference, governance structure & documentation for Community Public launch fund (call for proposals)
  • Evaluate applications and announce decisions report annually to Council


greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)