Circular Economy Grant application process

Thanks for your interest in the Circular Economy Grant (CEG). Follow these steps to prepare and submit a CEG application.

If you have any questions, e-mail us at

How to apply for the grant

1. Come up with a great idea!

Projects can include:

  • Sharing, borrowing, fixing, repair or other initiatives that help extend the lifecycle of goods and services (e.g. lending library, clothing swaps, sports or toy exchange events, bike repair, sewing hub, makerspace)
  • Recycling, repurposing, reusing, repairing of materials (e.g. electronics, clothing)
  • Waste reduction and/or diversion training, education, and engagement (e.g. workshops to provide residents education about the circular economy and/or waste reduction, training to build skills and knowledge to repair or upcycle goods)
  • Targeted, focused initiatives for specific materials (e.g. activities developed to reduce home renovation waste, initiatives that reduce single-use disposable items)
  • Food waste beneficial reuse or reduction (e.g. resources with ideas and solutions on reducing, reusing, re-purposing food waste and other waste materials, community composting)
  • Innovative ways to create new items that use local waste materials
  • Development of technology that assists with waste reduction
  • Applying behavioural change strategies that result in waste reduction/diversion

Are applications open?

Applications will open on February 1, 2023.

2. Join an information session

Information sessions will be held virtually and in-person.

Online session date Registration link

Monday, February 13, 2023

7pm – 8pm 

Register for this session

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

11am – 12pm

Register for this session

3. Review the preliminary application and grant resources

4. Getting your application started

Consider the following questions when creating your application.

Set up your team

  • Determine a project lead for your idea.
  • Organize a project team – who will you need to help you?
  • Would having a partner benefit your project?

Create a plan

  • How does your idea or project meet the objectives outlined in the CEG guidelines?
  • What are the important dates to accomplish your idea? 
  • Where will your project be located?
  • What are you hoping to achieve through this project and how will you know you’re successful?

Determine what resources you will need for your project

  • What supplies or equipment will you need?
  • Are there other staff or volunteers that are needed?
  • What other resources might you need for the project to succeed?
  • Add up the costs of your project – see the Budget Template for guidance.

Reach out with any questions and ask for help

5. Create your proposal and submit your application

  • Make sure your project details align with the eligibility criteria – please check the CEG Guidelines for more information.

Are applications open?

Applications will open on February 1, 2023.

What happens after you apply

Application review and decision making

  • The Circular Economy Grant review team will review all applications based on the funding and eligibility criteria outlined in CEG Guidelines. 
  • If you are successful past the preliminary stage, you will receive an email outlining the next steps of the application process, including an invite to submit a detailed application.

Detailed application

  • If you would like to start thinking about your detailed application before hearing back, please see the Detailed Application (for preview only).

Successful applicants are notified

  • Successful applicants will receive notice of the approved funding amounts and receive a set of next steps. 
  • Successful applicants will receive a funding approval letter and will be required to sign an agreement with applicable terms and conditions that will govern the funds provided before funds are distributed and the project begins.
  • Applicants that are not successful will receive feedback and recommendations.