The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

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Community Action

​Community Action

If you’re part of a g​reen ​team at work, involved in youth organizations, or you just want to get friends and family together to plant some new trees, organize your own project today.

We offer funding to help community groups and schools implement their own environmental projects.

We may cover 100% of your project costs, up to $2,500.

We support projects including:

  • Community tree planting events
  • Environmentally-focused community events (invasive species removal, citizen science, enhancing​ wildlife habitat, etc.)​
  • Educational materials that are connected with one of our programs or your own stewardship project
  • Innovative projects that support soil or water conservation, water quality or natural heritage​

To get started, contact our restoration team who will guide you through the process. 

If you’re looking to host a tree planting project on public land, we can work with the municipality to get approvals. Together, we create a planting plan, recommend the tree and shrub species, and order your plants.

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To assist community groups and schools implementing environmental initiatives and projects that provide educational opportunities and help improve one or more of the following Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority restoration program goals: soil or water conservation, water quality, and /or natural heritage.


Eligible Projects

  • Community tree planting events

  • Environmentally-focused community events (invasive species removal, citizen science, enhancing​ wildlife habitat, etc.)
  • Educational materials that promote a current, approved, Conservation Authority-supported restoration project
  • Priority may be given to projects that are adjacent to identified natural heritage areas (please consult with a Restoration Project Specialist)
  • The Conservation Authority will consider innovative projects if the objective of the category
  • Priority will be given to school projects that are being developed and delivered in partnership with the Conservation Authority’s Education Department

Project Details

This grant is for community and school groups. Private Individuals are not eligible to apply to this category.All educational materials must include the Conservation Authority logo and be approved by staff prior to publishing.For work proposed on public or private land, landowner permission must be documented and must promote/support the approved Conservation Authority restoration project.Landowner authorization must be submitted with the funding application.Applicants are responsible for securing all applicable permits prior to commencing the project.Each community action project will be reviewed by Conservation Authority staff to ensure that it fits the mandate and vision of the Authority. Depending on timing and the nature of your event, Restoration staff may be available to assist. If this is of interest, please discuss with your Restoration Project Specialist when you submit your application.Data collection methods used in citizen science events must be provided to Conservation Authority for review and consideration prior to project approval. In addition, data collected must be submitted to Conservation Authority staff following the event, before a grant will be issued. Data will be received as confirmation that the community event occurred as proposed. All of the associated rights for the intellectual property supplied, generated or derived under this project remains with the owner of the intellectual property who collected it. Research and data may be requested for use by Conservation Authority staff.Funding Guide​lines​​​​Projects must be a minimum cost of $500.00 before tax.

  • Planting Events (native trees and shrubs; bare root and/or maximum 2 gallon pots) – 100% up to $2,500
  • Wildlife Habitat Enhancement (construction material for: snake hibernacula, bird/bat/butterfly/insect boxes, nesting platform, seed costs etc.) – 50% up to $2,500
  • Invasive Species Management Events (materials needed for removals; gloves, bags, herbicide application (if applied by licensed applicator) – 50% up to $2,500
  • Education and Citizen Science Events (materials needed for citizen science research, costs associated with lab results, guide materials that are needed during a community event, venue rental, etc.) – 50% up to $2,500
  • Site Preparation and Planting Materials (including but not limited to: rototilling, mowing, competition control including herbicide application by licensed applicator, soil amendments, rodent guards, brush mats, mulch, etc.) – 50% up to $2,500
  • Educational Materials (interpretative signs, plaques and flyers associated with an approved Conservation Authority restoration project) – 50% up to $2,500
  • Miscellaneous Items (gloves, shovels, volunteer refreshments, transportation, other innovative projects if they meet the objective of the category) – reviewed on a case by case basis

What costs are covered?

  • Permits
  • Engineering or consulting fees
  • Materials and labour associated with an approved project;
  • Transportation associated with a school approved project
What isn’t covered?
  • Taxes
  • Any projects associated with non-native and invasive species
  • Enhancements for recreational use, or aesthetic purposes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant’s business
  • Labour​ of applicant, family dependents or the applicant’s business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the Conservation Authority, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work required as a condition of a municipal planning or Conservation Authority permit application will not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance
How to ApplyComplete the Landowner Information Form and the Project Profile For​m​ to submit an application.Be prepared to submit the following with your application:
  • Project site plan
  • Two cost quotations for proposed project
  • Reference to current LSRCA-supported school or education project
  • Landowner permission for work on public or private land
Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.
Please contact a Restoration Project Specialist to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.

Ready to get started?​ Contact o​ur Restorat​ion team today!

Need information from an Restoration Project Specialist?


Lori McLean

Restoration Project Specialist

905-895-1281 Ext. 272

  • Bradford West Gwillimbury (Holland Marsh)
  • New Tecumseth
  • York Region
    • Aurora
    • East Gwillimbury
    • King
    • Newmarket
    • Whitchurch-Stouffville​​​​

Peter Shuttleworth

Restoration Project Specialist

905-895-1281 Ext. 114

  • Barrie
  • City of Kawartha Lakes
  • Durham Region
    • Brock
    • Scugog
    • Uxbridge
  • Simcoe County
    • Bradford West Gwillimbury (excluding the Holland Marsh)
    • Innisfil
    • Oro-Medonte
    • Ramara
  • York Region
    • Georgina
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