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

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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 are now closed for the Circular Economy Grants. Please check back for new grant dates in the future.

2. Join an information session

Information sessions will be held virtually and in-person.

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?
  • Sketch out the timeline and project activities - see the Project Timeline and Activities Template for guidance 

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.

Apply now

Applications are now closed for the Circular Economy Grants. Please check back for new grant dates in the future.

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.