Program Description and Application

The deadline for 2016 applications has now passed. The next deadline will be March 31, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

The Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) provides funding to non-profit organizations interested in undertaking small-scale, community-based initiatives that support the City of Ottawa’s environmental stewardship priorities. Projects should focus on Environmental Stewardship in the areas of:

  • Improving stormwater management
  • Enhancing and protecting natural systems
  • Reducing environmental impact

Project examples that reflect the City's 'environmental stewardship' goals could include:

  • Stream protection and rehabilitation
  • Invasive species removal
  • Species-at-risk/ ecosystem monitoring or protection
  • Environmental awareness and education
  • Recycling or composting
  • Energy or water conservation
  • Renewable energy
  • Cycling, walking and sustainable transportation

Application deadlines

  • Late applications will not be opened or considered.
  • Applications must be made on the application form or a completed computer-generated version.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the CEPGP Allocations Panel.

Application Form

This application form [ PDF - 250 KB ] has been provided for your convenience. Should you wish to reproduce the questions onto a separate application, please be sure to answer all sections and questions in the order they appear on this form. Applications should be typewritten and be no more than five pages in length. You can also contact the CEPGP Co-ordinator for a word version of the application form.

Mail, fax, email or deliver completed and signed applications to:

City of Ottawa
Environmental Services
110 Laurier Avenue West, 3rd floor (01-12)
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1

ATTENTION: Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator

CEPGP@ottawa.ca
FAX: 613-560-6028

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator

Environmental Services
110 Laurier Avenue West, 3rd floor (01-12)
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 27914
Fax: 613-560-6028

Assessment criteria

Eligible Groups

Eligible groups and organizations (which include community associations, community groups, youth groups, school councils/parent associations, and industry and trade associations) must be based in Ottawa and adhere to not-for-profit principles.

Project Requirements

The project should focus on Environmental Stewardship in the areas of:

  • Improving stormwater management
  • Enhancing and protecting natural systems
  • Reducing environmental impact

Community Collaboration and Partnership

Your organization and partners have agreed to your project's mandate and are prepared to work in collaboration with City-related environmental initiatives. Demonstrating partnerships is beneficial.

Duplication of services

Your project does not duplicate work already being done by the City or another community organization.

Other funding

Your application provides evidence that your agency or organization will not receive duplicate funding from any other sources.

Program viability

Your project plan clearly states the actions you will take to achieve your goals and objectives. The project is original, realistic, logical and attainable in terms of timing and resources. The results of the project may be used as a demonstration guide for future projects.

Budget

All funding applications must contain a detailed budget.

Letter of agreement

All groups that receive funding through this program must sign and adhere to a letter of agreement which will outline the project evaluation and reporting requirements.

Number of applications

Only one application per organization will be accepted.

Ineligibility

The Community Environmental Projects Grants Program does not fund:

  • Projects that financially benefit for-profit companies, groups or other organizations
  • Individuals
  • Other governments or government agencies such as conservation authorities, and provincial ministries
  • Organizations with political affiliations
  • Deficit financing for organizations in debt
  • Major costs such as fixed assets, the purchase of buildings, vehicles or large equipment
  • Refreshments
  • Staffing
  • Ongoing operating costs
  • Projects targeted at audiences principally outside the City
  • Business-development plans and projects
  • Planting trees on private property
  • Projects receiving other City of Ottawa grants

Grant approval

Following the review and decisions made by the Allocations Panel, applicants will be notified. A designated individual must sign an agreement to accept responsibility for the terms and conditions of the project grant.

Reporting requirements

Projects receiving CEPGP funding in 2015 must be completed within one year of receiving funds. 

The financial statements and final project report must be submitted within one year of receiving funds.

The degree and nature of the reporting requirements will be determined in accordance with the size of the grant, and the complexity of the project.

Project Evaluation Report

This Project evaluation report form [ PDF - 229 KB ] has been provided for your convenience. Should you wish to reproduce the questions onto a separate form, please be sure to answer all sections and questions in the order they appear. Evaluation reports should be typewritten and point form is encouraged where appropriate. Full completion of this Project Evaluation Report form by CEPGP grant recipients is mandatory within one year of receiving funds.

Mail, fax or deliver the completed evaluation report (including all supporting documents such as receipts, financial statements, photos, etc.) to:

City of Ottawa
Environmental Services
110 Laurier Avenue West, 3rd floor (01-12)
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1

ATTENTION: Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator

CEPGP@ottawa.ca
FAX: 613-560-6028