Funding Opportunities

Foundations

Antipode Foundation

Scholar-Activist Project Awards

The Antipode Foundation exists for the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical geography. Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Project Awards are intended to support collaborations between academics, non-academics and activists (from NGOs, think tanks, social movements, or community grassroots organisations, among other places) that further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society. They are aimed at promoting programmes of action-research, participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, and more publicly-focused forms of geographical investigation. We strive to fund work that leads to the exchange of ideas across and beyond the borders of the academy, and builds meaningful relationships and productive partnerships.

Projects could take many forms including, but not limited to: collaborative research with artistic, community, cultural, grassroots, or social movement groups; the production of educational materials and other innovative pedagogical initiatives; and the promotion of links between universities and institutions/organisations outside the academy. We envisage projects being eclectic in nature and focus–they might involve small or large groups of people, and they might have a focus on a range of scales from the local right up to the global, for example–but they will be designed to foster new thinking or doing, and different mixtures of the two. We encourage initiatives that are adventurous, that explore and go beyond the boundaries of established academic practice. We seek work that is innovative and original, but more than that, we want to fund work that is significant: we’d like to support activities that have implications for praxis, to better understand contemporary political concerns and develop alternatives.

The Antipode Foundation expects to allocate each project up to £10,000 (ten thousand pounds sterling, or its equivalent in the awardee’s currency of choice) but the amounts of its grants will vary according to the proposed project. The distribution of funds will be as equitable as possible, with other prospective resources and the nature of the proposed project being taken into consideration. The Antipode Foundation will explicitly privilege applicants and initiatives from historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions in its decision making processes.

International Workshop Awards

The Antipode Foundation exists for the promotion and advancement of social scientific research, education and scholarship in the field of radical geography. Antipode Foundation International Workshop Awards are intended to support radical geographers holding events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings) that further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender the development of a new and better society.[1] The Antipode Foundation will explicitly privilege applicants and initiatives from historically under-represented groups, regions, countries and institutions.

The Foundation encourages applications that are collaborative in nature. We strive to fund work that leads to the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries, countries and sectors; and to the building of relationships and productive partnerships. We encourage participation and engagement, cooperation and co-enquiry, whether with fellow scholars, research groups, university departments, NGOs, think tanks or social movements. The Foundation also encourages initiatives that are adventurous, that explore the boundaries of established academic practice, and that trespass and disrupt disciplinary borders. We seek work that is innovative and original, but more than that, we want to fund work that is significant: we’d like to support activities that have implications for praxis, to better understand contemporary political concerns and to develop alternatives.

The Antipode Foundation expects to allocate each successful application up to £10,000 (ten thousand pounds sterling, or its equivalent in the awardee’s currency of choice) but the amount of the grant will vary according to the nature of the proposed event(s) and location. The distribution of funds will be as equitable as possible, with prospective additional resources being taken into consideration. The scheme is not intended to allow organisers to make a surplus from an event.

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George Cedric Metcalf Foundation 

Carbon Landscapes 

https://metcalffoundation.com/our-programs/program-area/environment/

The goal of Carbon Landscapes is to connect climate action and conservation initiatives in Canada in order to help advance nature-based solutions to climate challenges across the country.

Well-functioning ecosystems play a critical role in maintaining a stable climate here on Earth. Forests and oceans serve crucial roles in storing and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. If it were not for these ecosystem services, the state of our planet’s climate due to carbon emissions from human activities would be much worse. A comprehensive response to climate change must take advantage of the efficient and relatively cost-effective services provided by natural ecosystems.

When it comes to Canadian climate philanthropy, funders including Metcalf have primarily focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from top emitting sectors (e.g. transportation, buildings, industry, electricity). But emissions reductions represent only one side of the climate solutions coin. Nature-based solutions involving carbon storage and sequestration services are also critically important yet often under-represented in climate strategies. From peatlands to kelp forests and grasslands to seagrass, Canada is home to a diversity of carbon rich ecosystems. Yet to date limited action has been taken to protect, restore, and steward the carbon services of terrestrial and marine ecosystems as part of provincial, territorial, and national climate strategies.

Carbon Landscapes has a two-track funding strategy to achieve our goal:

Funding Strategy 1
Build sector capacity, intellectual leadership, and public understanding of linkages between climate and conservation issues to create space and support for advancing policy priorities and place-based actions. Examples of the type of work we envision supporting under this strategy include:

Public Policy Research and Analysis
Funding to support the production of timely, well-researched, and accessible reports to inform the design of new policies and programs, financing mechanisms, legal frameworks, and other levers to help achieve climate and conservation goals in tandem.

Convening and Collaboration
Funding to convene non-governmental organizations, scientists, public officials, and other sector leaders to build bridges and common understanding of the climate and conservation interface. Granting in this area would help convene leaders from within and across sectors to better link, coordinate, and advance mutually supportive climate and conservation priorities.

Communications and Public Education
Funding to establish a public narrative and heightened level of awareness among Canadians and public officials that climate and conservation efforts go hand-in-hand. Making these connections will assist efforts to integrate and strengthen nature-based solutions as part of provincial, territorial, national, and international climate action plans.

Funding Strategy 2
Support a targeted set of place-based protection, restoration, and stewardship efforts to store and sequester carbon that also results in cultural, economic, and social benefits. Our place-based areas of focus are the Hudson Bay and James Bay Lowlands and the Mackenzie River Basin. Funding proposals for work under Strategy 2 are by invitation-only.

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McConnell Foundation 

mcconnellfoundation.ca/granting/

We support cultural, economic and social systems innovation in Canada. We seek to advance community wellbeing and environmental sustainability at a generational scale.

We do this by:

  • supporting registered charities with grants to carry out activities that make a difference
  • making impact investments
  • convening stakeholders within and across domains
  • interacting with governments and supporting policy development
  • influencing marketbehaviour
  • strengthening sector capacities
  • fostering communication and collaboration platforms to reinforce our granting’s impact

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

https://otf.ca/ce-que-nous-subventionnons/investment-streams

Our core business is making grants in community-based initiatives that help build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation:
Fellowships, Scholarships and Mentorships

Interdisciplinary, Intergenerational, and International

http://www.trudeaufoundation.ca/en/programs

The Foundation invests in people and ideas. It offers a neutral meeting ground to contemplate and address the major issues affecting our society and our future through research, learning, scholarship and debate.

As the number of award winners grows, Trudeau Fellows, Scholars and Mentors build a network of creative people working together from a variety of perspectives to address fundamental social issues. The unique dialogue that is generated facilitates interdisciplinary, intergenerational and international connections to provide citizens of Canada and the world with a deeper experience of, and commitment to, democracy.

The Trudeau FellowshipsScholarships and Mentorships are unsolicited awards in that the Foundation does not accept individual applications. Rather, Canadian and foreign award winners are selected through a rigorous nomination and selection process by external review committees.

Finally, the Public Interaction Program aims to generate informed and lively debates on major issues of public policy affecting Canadians and global society.

The Foundation keeps on building a vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers to share ideas that matter. Its members continue to participate long after the term of their financial award has ended and stay in contact with each other through the Trudeau Foundation Society.

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Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center - The Academic Writing Residency

https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/residency-program/academic-writing-residency/

The Academic Writing residency is for university and think tank-based academics, researchers, professors, and scientists working in any discipline. Successful applicants will demonstrate decades of significant professional contributions to their field or show evidence of being on a strong upward trajectory for those earlier in their careers.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

Applications are available on our online application portal along with detailed instructions and further information on applying to the Bellagio Residency Program. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review this information prior to beginning an application.

The call for applications to the Academic Writing residency program is now open. The application period begins October 1, 2017 with the deadline of December 1, 2017 for residencies in 2018 and early 2019.

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Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center - The Practitioner Residency

https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/bellagio-center/residency-program/the-practitioner-residency/

The Practitioner Residency is for senior-level policymakers, nonprofit leaders, journalists, private sector leaders and public advocates with ten or more years of leadership experience in a variety of fields and sectors.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

Practitioner residencies have included leaders developing new strategic plans, determining shifts in their own careers or the paths of their organizations, or life-long social sector practitioners reflecting on their careers and distilling insights and guidance to inform a variety of audiences.

In selecting practitioners, we look for individuals who have had successful careers in senior leadership positions and are transitioning to new roles or capturing knowledge and insights from their extensive experience; individuals who are actively engaged in leading major change in the world through their current positions (NGOs, multi-lateral institutions, government officials, etc.); and emerging leaders with demonstrable success and upward trajectories in their respective fields.

Applications are available on our online application portal along with detailed instructions and further information on applying to the Bellagio Residency Program. We strongly recommend that applicants carefully review this information prior to beginning an application.

Applications for Practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines.The next interim deadlines for review are November 30, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

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TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

https://www.td.com/corporate-responsibility/fef-grant.jsp

Founded by TD Bank Group in 1990, the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that funds environmental projects across Canada.

The information below will help you better understand our approach to grant making and our process. We recommend that you read this entire page prior to submitting an application. If you are looking for information on our Leadership Program, please visit our TD FEF Leadership Program page.

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Urban Studies Foundation

Grant Funding

https://urbanstudiesfoundation.org/funding/

The Urban Studies Foundation provides significant grant funding and support to individuals and institutions engaged in the advancement of postgraduate academic urban research and education. Please note that we do not currently fund PhD Studentships nor respond to ad-hoc funding requests. All of our funding is awarded through our four core funding streams:

  • International Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF) (International, external to University of Glasgow)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (PDRF) (based at University of Glasgow)
  • Seminar Series

 

Journals

Geoforum

Student Travel Bursary - AAG

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/geoforum/awards/geoforum-student-travel-bursary-aag

Started in 2013, the Geoforum conference travel bursary of US $500 is awarded to the best paper published by a student in the journal.

Each year's bursary will be available to attend AAG the following year.  Please note that the student must be the first or second author of the paper.

If you would like to be considered for this award please flag this to your handling editor once your paper has been accepted for publication. The judging panel for this award will consist of committee drawn from the journal editors and the editorial board.

Atlas Award for Geoforum Article

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/geoforum/news/atlas-award-for-geoforum-article

We are pleased to announce 'Evidence and future potential of mobile phone data for disease disaster management' by      Jonathan Cinnamon, Sarah K. Jones, W. Neil Adger (Geoforum, Vol 75 2016) as the winner of the November 2016 Atlas Award.

Each month the Atlas Advisory Board are sent a selection of 10 articles to choose their winning Atlas article. The articles are shortlisted by Elsevier from across journal portfolios based on their potential social impact.

The Geoforum Editor in Chief, Padraig Carmody, was delighted to hear of this paper receiving this award, stating that… ‘The paper exemplifies the kind of research we try to publish in Geofourm – cutting edge, theoretically informed and analytically rigourous. In this case the paper also has very substantial applied potential to improve people’s lives and life chances. Many congratulations to the authors.’  The Publishing team at Elsevier would like to echo this and congratulate the authors, at the University of Exeter, UK and at Kings College London, UK on such excellent, socially valuable research.

Read the Atlas article about the research to learn more.

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Grant Programme

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Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

https://www.britac.ac.uk/sites/default/files/GCRF%20Networking%20Grants%20Guidance%20for%20Applicants.pdf

1. Background

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund, which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. It harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers, focusing on:

    • funding challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
    • strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership with excellent UK research and researchers
    • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research or on-the-ground need.

Through excellent research, knowledge exchange and innovation, the GCRF aims to address key challenges such as: threats to the sustainability of natural resources; flooding and famine resulting from climate change; environmental degradation; population growth and rapid urbanisation; fragile states, growing inequality, and violence; threats to animal and plant health; and global health challenges including the development of vaccines and viral threats.

GCRF forms part of the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and focuses on promoting the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. It is overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered through 17 delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the UK Space Agency and funding bodies.

ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list and GCRF funded research and innovation must promote the economic development and welfare of a developing country or countries as its primary objective. All applications under this programme must therefore be compliant with these guidelines.

Government

Global Challenges Research Fund Networking Grants

https://www.britac.ac.uk/sites/default/files/GCRF%20Networking%20Grants%20Guidance%20for%20Applicants.pdf

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund, which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. It harnesses the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers, focusing on:

    • funding challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
    • strengthening capability for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership with excellent UK research and researchers
    • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research or on-the-ground need.

Through excellent research, knowledge exchange and innovation, the GCRF aims to address key challenges such as: threats to the sustainability of natural resources; flooding and famine resulting from climate change; environmental degradation; population growth and rapid urbanisation; fragile states, growing inequality, and violence; threats to animal and plant health; and global health challenges including the development of vaccines and viral threats.

GCRF forms part of the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and focuses on promoting the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. It is overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered through 17 delivery partners including the Research Councils, the UK Academies, the UK Space Agency and funding bodies.

ODA funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list and GCRF funded research and innovation must promote the economic development and welfare of a developing country or countries as its primary objective. All applications under this programme must therefore be compliant with these guidelines.

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Mitacs

https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate

Mitacs Accelerate pairs businesses with Masters, PhD and PDF interns to overcome innovation challenges. Interns complete research and develop tools, models, technology or solutions to support the host business’ challenges.

  • Amount: Matching funds from Mitacs up to $7,500 per 4-6 month internship unit. Cluster stream available for additional funding support if the business leverages 6+ internship periods from 3+ interns. Funding includes intern stipend and research costs.
  • Timeline: Continuous intake of applications. Projects can last between four months and two years (Masters students) or up to three years for PhDs and Post Doctoral Fellows. Small businesses can request the same grad student for the duration of the project.
  • Eligibility: Preference is given to research-type projects.

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Government of Canada: EcoAction Community Funding Program

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/ecoaction-community-program.html

Funding to protect, rehabilitate, enhance and sustain the natural environment.

Your project must address the key environmental priority of fresh water and one of the related Priority Results.

All projects must clearly demonstrate that activities are measurable, provide opportunities for community members to take action, and will result in positive environmental impact. All projects and activities must include:

  • at least one environmental indicator and one capacity building indicator as per the program's list of performance indicators (please refer to the Applicant's Guide).

The maximum length of a project is 36 consecutive months.

For more information on what projects and activities are eligible or not, please refer to the Applicant’s Guide.

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Government of Canada: Low Carbon Economy Challenge

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/low-carbon-economy-fund/challenge.html

The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. It will leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, (the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change). 

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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

SSHRC supports postsecondary-based research, research training and knowledge mobilization activities in the social sciences and humanities.

SSHRC funding opportunities are available through three programs: Talent, Insight and Connection.

Other

Funders' Network Partners for Places

Partners for Places

A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations.

National funders invest in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being of all residents. Through these projects, Partners for Places fosters long-term relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable, and vibrant. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations.

To date, Partners for Places has awarded nearly $6 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to nearly $12 million in philanthropic investments. For more information, read through our 2016 Annual Report.

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The Atmospheric Fund

taf.ca/grants

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) provides grants to charities, not-for-profit organizations, and municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) for projects that have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the region and/or air pollution in Toronto.

Recent TAF grants cover a wide range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement. While diverse in approach, all of these projects share the potential to advance high-impact climate solutions in our region.

While we focus most of our efforts on reducing emissions in the buildings and transportation sectors, we are open to funding projects in other areas which offer major emissions reduction opportunities.