TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant
FEF Grant Overview
- Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
- Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
- Indigenous groups/communities
The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.
Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives. For a full list, please see the Common Questions.
Expenses that we do NOT fund
- Infrastructure and capital costs (sheds, solar panels, low flush toilets, water refill stations, etc.)
- Administrative, contingency funds, or operating expenses
- Shade structures (gazebos, pergolas, shade sail, built structures, etc.)
- Playground equipment (traditional play structures)
- Ornamental landscaping or beautification
- Land acquisition
- Expenses related to advocacy activities (i.e., campaigns, protests, etc.)
- Projects occurring on private land with no public access
- Scholarships, grants or bursaries
- Awards and prizes
- Mileage, accommodation, meal costs or other travel expenses
- Expenses incurred prior to the application date
- Venue rentals
- Projects taking place outside of Canada
- Research projects
- Pesticides for any purpose
All grant applications must be submitted online.
- How is your organization addressing an environmental issue?
- Who is engaged in the project (local schools, Indigenous groups/communities, seniors, families, general community etc.)?
- Is there an educational or workshop component?
- Will the garden be accessible to people with disabilities or limited mobility?
- How will you engage the community?
- If associated with a school, how will the garden be maintained over the summer months? What is the maintenance plan?
- For new gardens, does your organization have permission to use the land?
- If planting vegetables, how will the crops be used?
- For school projects, are there curriculum ties? If so, in what subjects?
- If the applicant is an environmental organization presenting to the school, please include confirmation of participation from the school(s).
- How does the education initiative support the teachers involved (if applicable)?
- What are the goals of the educational program? Is there any follow up with the participants following the activities?
- Is the education about environmental issues that are relevant to the local community?
- For community education projects, explain why it is relevant to the community
- How is the school and/or community involved with building the outdoor classroom? Will there be a dedicated space for learning activities?
- Has the applicant received permission from the school board?
- What courses/workshops will the outdoor classroom host? How will teachers be encouraged to use the space?
- Will there be a planting component to the outdoor classroom? If so, how will the plantings be maintained over the summer months?
- How will the outdoor classroom be shared with the community?
- If your project includes natural play elements, please provide information on how you will include connections to nature and the environment.
- Where is the planting taking place? Why is the project needed at this point?
- Who is involved in planning the project and in carrying out the planting?
- How will the organization engage the community?
- Please provide a plant list in your application detailing what native or non-native plants will be used and why (e.g., increase pollinators, provide shade, etc.)
- Who owns and/or manages the property? Has the organization obtained permission to plant?
- How will the site/trees be maintained?