HIVA distributes funds to registered environmental charities in Ontario whose action-oriented projects focus on habitat and species preservation. Projects funded include, but are not limited to, habitat restoration, migratory bird conservation & rescue, cleanup of watercourses and wetlands, wildlife rehabilitation or conservation (including birds, bats, insects and reptiles), and helping to purchase wilderness to preserve it in perpetuity.
Funds are given to environmental groups to cover operating expenses such as salaries, phone bills, website development and maintenance and mailings as well as supporting projects that aim to achieve a tangible result. The grants range from $2,000 to $10,000.
Total funds are limited. While a given organization may receive funding several years in a row, it is expected to work towards becoming self-sustaining.
Funds are distributed only to provincial and regional organizations in Ontario (not chapters of national organizations). Preference is given to smaller environmental groups that may otherwise have difficulty obtaining funding. In addition to the positive environmental impact of your work, the enthusiasm of those involved will influence the decision of HIVA directors.
Proposals will be reviewed only once a year. The application deadline is February 28th. Applicants will receive a response within two months.
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