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Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund


How not-for-profit organizations, First Nations and Métis communities can get a government grant for local projects that help protect and restore the Great Lakes.

Your organization could receive a grant of up to $25,000 for projects in:

  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Ontario
  • Lake Superior
  • St. Lawrence River
  • Ottawa River
  • their connecting channels and watersheds

Find your watershed


The application period is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

The fund is open to:

  • not-for-profit organizations
  • First Nations communities and organizations
  • Métis communities and organizations

Past applicants

If you applied before you may apply again this year.

If you applied and were granted funding in past years, you may apply again, but only for different activities.

Eligible projects

To qualify, your project must have a direct environmental benefit and support at least 1 of the 3 goals.

Goal 1: protect water quality for human and ecological health

Examples to meet this goal include:

  • strengthening riverbanks to reduce erosion
  • students restoring wetlands to manage stormwater runoff
  • building fences to keep livestock out of waterways
  • helping property owners maintain septic systems

Goal 2: improve wetlands, beaches and coastal areas

Examples to meet this goal include:

  • youth planting native grasses to restore sand dunes
  • rehabilitating coastal wetlands by restoring fish habitats
  • organizing community events to clean-up shorelines
  • restoring wetlands using traditional ecological knowledge

Goal 3: protect habitats and species

Examples to meet this goal include:

  • students planting trees to provided shaded habitats along shorelines
  • creating habitats for wetland wildlife
  • restoring traditional harvesting areas by planting native species
  • creating fish spawning beds

Project deadline

If your project receives funding in this round, it must be completed by February 2, 2019.

Program Guidelines


Public Information Centre
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4923
TTY in the Greater Toronto Area: 416-326-9236
TTY Toll-free: 1-800-515-2759

Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
GLGCF Inbox (monitored by Faith & Scotty) - GreatLakesFund@ontario.ca

Project Manager
Faith Sayavong
(416) 212-2831

Project Coordinator
Scotty McCaw
(416) 314-0067

Last updated: April 3, 2018