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​​​​​​​​​ school_tree_planting.JPG​Community Action

If you’re part of a g​reen ​team at work, involved in youth organizations, or you just want to get friends and family together to plant some new trees, organize your own project today.

We offer funding to help community groups and schools implement their own environmental projects.

We may cover 100% of your project costs, up to $2,000.

We support projects including:

  • Community tree planting events
  • Environmentally-focused community events (invasive species removal, citizen science, enhancing​ wildlife habitat, etc.)​
  • Educational materials that are connected with one of our programs or your own stewardship project
  • Innovative projects that support soil or water conservation, water quality or natural heritage​

To get started, contact our restoration team who will guide you through the process. 

If you're looking to host a tree planting project on public land, we can work with the municipality to get approvals. Together, we create a planting plan, recommend the tree and shrub species, and order your plants.

Project Guidelines

​Objective

To assist community groups and schools implementing environmental initiatives and projects that provide educational opportunities and help improve one or more of the following restoration program goals: soil or water conservation, water quality, and /or natural heritage.

Eligible Projects

  • Community tree planting events
  • Environmentally-focused community events (invasive species removal, citizen science, enhancing​ wildlife habitat, etc.)
  • Educational materials that promote a current, approved, LSRCA-supported restoration project
  • Priority may be given to projects that are adjacent to identified natural heritage areas (please consult with a LSRCA Restoration Project Specialist)
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if the objective of the category
  • Priority will be given to school projects that are being developed and delivered in partnership with the LSRCA Education Department

Project Details

This grant is for community and school groups. Private Individuals are not eligible to apply to this category.

All educational materials must include the LSRCA logo and be approved by LSRCA staff prior to publishing.

For work proposed on public or private land, landowner permission must be documented and publishing, and promote/support an approved LSRCA restoration project.

Landowner authorization must be submitted with the funding application.

Applicants are responsible for securing all applicable permits prior to commencing the project.

Each community action project will be reviewed by LSRCA staff to ensure that it fits the mandate and vision of the Authority. Depending on timing and the nature of your event, Restoration staff may be available to assist. If this is of interest, please discuss with your Restoration Project Specialist when you submit your application.

Data collection methods used in citizen science events must be provided to LSRCA for review and consideration prior to project approval. In addition, data collected must be submitted to LSRCA staff following the event, before a grant will be issued. Data will be received as confirmation that the community event occurred as proposed. All of the associated rights for the intellectual property supplied, generated or derived under this project remains with the owner of the intellectual property who collected it. Research and data may be requested for use by LSRCA staff.

Funding Guide​lines

  • ​​​​Projects must be a minimum cost of $500.00 before tax.
  • Total combined grant from all below categories will not exceed $2,000
    • Tree and Shrub Material (native trees and shrubs; bare root and/or maximum 2 gallon pots) – 100% up to $2,000
    • Wildlife Habitat Enhancement (construction material for: snake hibernacula, bird/bat/butterfly/insect boxes, pollinator garden, nesting platform, seed costs etc.) – 50% up to $1,000
    • Invasive Species Management Events (materials needed for removals; gloves, bags, herbicide (if applied by licensed applicator) – 50% up to $500
    • Education and Citizen Science Events (materials needed for citizen science research, costs associated with lab results, guide materials that are needed during a community event, etc.) - 50% up to $500
    • Site Preparation for Tree Planting and Invasive Species Events (including but not limited to: rototilling, mowing, competition control) - 50% up to $250
    • Educational Materials (interpretative signs, plaques and flyers associated with an approved LSRCA restoration project) - 50% up to $250
    • Miscellaneous Items (mulch, mulch mats, soil amendments, rodent guards, gloves, shovels, volunteer refreshments, transportation, other innovative projects if they meet the objective of the category) - 50% up to $250

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Engineering or consulting fees
  • Materials and labour associated with an approved project;
  • Transportation associated with a school approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Any projects associated with non-native and invasive species
  • Enhancements for recreational use, or aesthetic purposes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour​ of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work required as a condition of a municipal planning or LSRCA permit application will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. Please print and submit the completed forms by mail, email or in-person, to your area Restoration Specialist.

  1. Landowner Information Form
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Project Guidelines
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Refer to the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing and submitting all required documents for a complete application package. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact a Restoration Project Specialist to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.

​​Ready to get started?​ Contact our Restoration team today!