Region of Waterloo Form

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Community Environmental Fund - 2024

To be eligible for consideration, a project proposal to the Community Environmental Fund must be implemented within the Waterloo Region and fall within one of the categories of either the Stewardship or Sustainability streams.

Stewardship grants are for projects focused on:

  1. Enhancement and restoration of natural areas
  2. Naturalization of landscapes
  3. Acquisition of ecologically significant natural areas
  4. Public education/awareness initiatives related to environmental stewardship
  5. Research related to environmental stewardship

Sustainability grants are for:

  1. Demonstration Projects that
    • Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and/or air emissions
    • Increase energy conservation or efficiency and/or
    • Reduce or divert waste
  2. Public education/awareness initiatives which promote long term behavioural change related to environmental sustainabiliy 
  3. Research related to environmental sustainability


Note: The Region will not fund projects that generate profit for an individual/organization, or activities that are political or discriminatory in nature.

Some general information about this application form: 

Navigate through the form using the mouse or TAB key. If you hit ENTER after a response, the form will attempt to be submitted and you will receive an ERROR message indicating that you have left entries unfilled or that you must select a file to upload. If this occurs, you can simply continue where you left off entering information into the form. 

If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, or if you want to work on this application with others, click the "save" button at the bottom of the form. You will be given a prompt to e-mail the link to others, or you can bookmark the link and return to the form later. Your form will not be officially submitted until you click the Submit button. *Please Note: There is an issue with the e-mail option and it does not always function correctly. Please make sure that you copy the link that is provided and save it for later use. You can also e-mail this link to others who are working on the form with you. If you lose the link or are unable to retrieve your saved document, please contact Albert Hovingh (see below). We apologize for the inconvenience.

There is also an option to clear all of the entered responses should you desire to start over.

For additional information about completing this application form, or if you have any questions, please contact Albert Hovingh at 519-510-9505 or e-mail:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE for Grant Application is 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2024.

Community Environmental Fund (2024) Application

Please note: All questions with an asterisk (*) must be completed in order to submit the application.

Part 1. Applicant Information

Part 2. Selection of Grant Stream and Project Category and Criteria.

In this section of the application, you will be taken through a series of questions designed to correctly classify your project. Each selection you make will trigger a set of follow-up options until your project is fully described by Stream, Category and specific criteria.

After you make each selection, please give the interactive form some time to respond with the proper follow-up question(s).

If you make an error you can go back to a previous question with a single selection option and change the selection which will cause this section of the form to reset.

Please review the descriptions of the Stewardship and Sustainability streams and then indicate whether you are applying for a Stewardship Grant or a Sustainability Grant.

Part 3. Additional Criteria 

In addition to the project specific criteria, this project/research will:

Part 4. Project Description 

Part 5. Project Plan 

Part 6. Acknowledgement of support

Part 7. Budget

7.1. Materials and Services Costs. Please summarize the estimated cost of material and services you will need to acquire or purchase.

The form will automatically calculate the total costs and the amount you are requesting from the CEF.

Note: In addition to completing this section, please also attach a detailed budget to your application (Section 8). The budget can be in the form of an Excel spreadsheet, Word document or pdf file.

7.2. In-kind contributions

Here you can indicate the in-kind contributions that will add to the value of your project. Please select any or all of the categories that apply and provide an estimate, to the best of your ability, of the volunteer hours or the cost of donated materials.

Student volunteers

Adult volunteers

Specialized or skilled volunteers

Donations. Check all that apply.

7.3. Project Summary 

The total dollar value of your project will be calculated using your estimated costs for the project and the dollar value of the in-kind donations. We will track the volunteer hours for internal use only.

The amount you are requesting from the Community Environmental Fund is also automatically filled in from the values you supplied previously.

Do you have additional sources of funding not reflected above?

Part 8. Attachments.

Please attach any required and/or additional files here, e.g. collaborative agreements, budget, figures.


Allowed extensions pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, gif, png, tif

Part 9. Submit application

*After you click on the "Submit" button, you should see a notice that reads: "Your completed form has been submited. If we have any questions we will contact you." If you do not see this notice, your form is incomplete or contains errors. Please scroll back to the top of the form and check for an error notice.

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