Applications are being accepted until November 17, 2012 for community-based environmental projects that remediate or restore the environment, foster spills preparedness or provide research and education in watersheds where environmental violations have occurred.
The funding comes through the Ontario Community Environment Fund from penalties collected from companies that spill contaminants or otherwise fail to comply with environmental requirements.
Municipalities, academic institutions, conservation authorities, First Nations and Métis communities and organizations, and other not-for-profit organizations in 14 communities are eligible to apply for Ontario Community Environment Funds.
These projects will support the goals of Ontario’s proposed Great Lakes Protection Act. The proposed act and accompanying Great Lakes Strategy are designed to empower communities to take an important role in protecting the lakes.