Carbonzero Opens Community Micro Grant for Second Year
Carbonzero is pleased to announce that applications for the Carbonzero Community Micro Grant (CCMG) program have been once again been opened. The CCMG program releases funding once per year in the amount of $5,000, and specifically funds community-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects that require additional sources of funding to achieve their intended results.
Carbonzero had been searching for an avenue in which to direct previous resources into GHG emissions reductions activities in our communities since transitioning its offices to fully remote workspaces. Now in its second year, the Micro Grant represents a way for Carbonzero to support the community by providing financial assistance to Canadian-based organizations that have ambitious and feasible GHG emissions reduction projects that not only reduce GHG emissions, but introduce social benefits in the community as well.
In 2022, the CCMG program proudly partnered with Community Connections Society of Southeast B.C (CCS) to purchase a freeze-drier which enabled CCS to preserve and distribute thousands of pounds of food which otherwise would have gone to waste, saving approximately 100 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emission from being released in landfills.
Click here to read more about Carbonzero’s partnership with CCS through the CCMG program.
What Projects are Eligible?
We will be looking to identify projects that build community around sustainability and achieve positive outcomes beyond just GHG emissions reductions.
Examples of Eligible Projects:
• An organization may be considering the purchase of an electric vehicle to fulfill the meal deliveries with its local food bank delivery program, where the funding is used to install an EV charger at the organization’s facility.
• An organization considers the implementation of a facility-wide composting program to divert food waste from landfill in effort to reduce methane emissions, where funding is used to implement an on-site vermicomposting system.
Initiatives such as these allow organizations to come together on projects that inspire sustainable initiatives, and spark conversations and ideas surrounding sustainability, reducing emissions, and community action. Through the CCMG, Carbonzero is committing up to $5,000 to support organization(s) carrying out projects or initiatives that are achieving GHG reductions and bringing broader benefits to their respective communities.
We are looking forward to supporting projects and initiatives that will have measurable GHG emissions reductions and positive social impacts in the chosen community.
How to Apply
To apply for the Carbonzero Community Micro Grant Program, head to the Application Form and submit your organization’s application through the Google Form. Be sure to note the timeline and eligibility criteria listed below.
We look forward to sharing the project we will be supporting in the fall.
Open for Applications: July 27 – September 15, 2023
Application Review: September 2023
Funding Awarded: October 15, 2023
To be a recipient of the Carbonzero Community Micro Grant, organizations must be eligible according to the following criteria:
• The organization must be Canadian based.
• The organization is an incorporated not for profit or charitable organization.
Eligible activities and expenses will include the following and parts thereof: capital expenses, leasing costs, labour and material costs, and technology.
Click here to apply for the Carbonzero Community Micro Grant Program.