Climate Action and Awareness Fund 2021- Request for Proposals/LOI

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture


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Memorial Deadline: Thursday 3rd, June 2021

External Deadline: Thursday 10th, June 2021


The new Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) will invest $206 million over five years to support Canadian-made projects that help to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Action and Awareness Fund is designed to support projects that can create middle class jobs for Canadians who work in science and technology, academia and at the grassroots community level. These projects are critical as we continue to build a sustainable net zero emissions economy by 2050.

The Climate Action and Awareness Fund has three main priorities:

  • * support youth climate awareness (request for proposals – closed summer 2020) and community-based climate action (request for proposals – closed fall 2020)
  • * support climate research at Canadian think tanks and in academia (request for proposals – spring/summer 2021)
  • * advance climate science and technology (request for proposals – now open until June 10 2021)

The RFP will fund up to $59M for projects that will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate actions towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

To be eligible for funding under this RFP, lead applicants must be one of the following:

·        not-for-profit non-government organizations (NGO, e.g., environmental community groups),

·        Indigenous organizations, or

·        universities and academic institutions.

Lead applicants are encouraged to develop collaborative proposals and partner with other academic institutions and organizations, including federal, provincial, territorial, or municipal government partners.
There is a two-step application process, consisting of a Letter of Intent (LOI) phase open to all eligible applicants, followed by an invitation-only full proposal phase. The Applicant Guide and Application Form are attached, however applications will be accepted only through the Grants and Contributions Enterprise Management System

The deadline to submit a LOI is June 10, 2021.

The projects funded by this request for proposals must fall under one of the following themes:
Theme 1: Informing Carbon Sink Enhancements: Nature-Based Climate Solutions
Theme 2: Understanding the Potential for, and Implications of, Negative Emission Technologies
Theme 3: Understanding City- and Municipal-level GHG Emissions and Mitigation Effectiveness
Theme 4: Understanding Multiple Benefits of Integrated Mitigation Approaches for Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollutants
Theme 5: Understanding and Quantifying Transportation Sector Emissions in Canada

There is a two-step application process, consisting of a letter of intent phase open to all eligible applicants, followed by an invitation-only full proposal phase. This is intended to facilitate the development of a broad range of innovative proposals.

Additional information can be found here.


Funding Sources

Government of Canada

This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: April 27, 2021