Unsmoke Canada and The Great Outdoors Fund expand their grant program to combat litter in Canadian communities. Unsmoke Canada is a new, innovative public health charity committed to helping people quit smoking and preventing young people from starting. They are dedicated to saving lives and improving the quality of life for all Canadians through education, advocacy, and support programs. One of their most recent initiatives is the Great Outdoor Fund Program 2022. This program provides funding for outdoor recreation projects that encourage healthy living and help prevent tobacco use among young people. The Great Outdoors Fund Program 2022 is open to all Canadian organizations interested in creating outdoor recreation projects. The program provides funding for both small and large projects, and there is no limit on the number of projects that can be funded. Projects can be in any province or territory in Canada.
About the Program’s Expansion
Unsmoked Canada Cleanups is a grant-giving program founded in 2020 by The Great Outdoors Fund and #UnsmokeCanada to fund litter cleaning projects around the country. Unsmoked Canada cleanups have been expanded to help other nonprofit organizations handle community trash cleanup projects. Grants totaling $90,000 have been pledged for 2022.
Nonprofit organizations connected to nature, outdoor recreation, outdoor conservation, health and wellness, volunteer engagement, and community service are encouraged to apply for the award through Unsmoke Canada and The Great Outdoors Fund.
Unsmoke Canada Cleanups is a grant-giving partnership between Unsmoke Canada and The Great Outdoors Fund that began in 2020. More than 30 organizations have received financing in the two years since the program began. Nearly one million volunteers took part in the cleanup efforts, putting in 10.5 million hours. The program has had a significant influence on local communities across Canada, with over 4 million pounds of litter collected and recycled and approximately 800,000 cigarette butts collected and recycled — one of the most littered things in the country.
Deadlines: The application deadline is April 29, 2022.
About this Grant
The Great Outdoors Fund and #UnsmokeCanada partnered to create Unsmoke Canada Cleanups, a grant-giving initiative that began in 2020. The money raised through Unsmoke Canada Cleanups will go towards litter cleanup efforts around the country. Our mission is to help maintain Canada’s excellent outstanding outdoors, from community parks to national parks. Before submitting a grant application, please read the following information carefully. Proposals that are missing information or do not meet our funding requirements and deadlines will be rejected. All cleanup tasks must be finished by September 30, 2022, and only volunteers aged 19 and over are allowed to participate.
Who Is Eligible to Apply
- Outdoor recreation, outdoor conservation, health and wellness, volunteer participation, and community service are all examples of nonprofit organizations related to nature.
- Individual or government-sponsored applications will not be considered.
What Is the Organization Funding?
- Only expenses involved with organizing, hosting, and publicizing the success of trash cleaning projects will be funded by Unsmoked Canada Cleanups.
- Unsmoked Canada Cleanups expenses that are eligible for financing. Trash bags (biodegradable or recyclable bags are preferred), masks, gloves, hand sanitizer/wipes, first aid kits, water, ice, food, and beverages (nonalcoholic only) to kick off and celebrate the completion of a volunteer work event, trash collection and removal costs, rental of tools and equipment (e.g., rakes, tables, etc.), supplies for a volunteer work event (signage, etc.), or items similar to those mentioned above
- Unsmoked Canada Cleanups will grant a maximum of CAD 5,000 to provincial or local organizations and CAD 10,000 to national organizations.
- While initiatives are not required to seek money from sources other than Unsmoke Canada Cleanups awards, it is strongly encouraged.
How to Apply for this Grant?
All applications will be submitted on http://unsmokecanadacleanup.smapply.ca. Upon submission, all grant applicants will get an email confirmation acknowledging receipt of their application. By May 16, 2022, all grant applicants will get an extra email confirming whether their application has been accepted or denied.
Things to Keep in Mind
The Great Outdoors Fund and #UnsmokeCanada have the right to award funding and decline any application. The amount of money available depends on the quality of the application. Requirements for Reporting: Each grant winner will be given a reporting template to submit a final report no later than two weeks after the project is completed. The Great Outdoors Fund will use grant recipient reports for marketing and program promotion, evaluate Unsmoke Canada Cleanups’ overall success, and quantify success via Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
A thorough accounting of entire project costs and copies of invoices and receipts must be included in the final report, particularly for expenditures against the grant cash news coverage (copies or links). Grant recipients are obliged to take “before” and “after” images of each project (video is always welcome)
About the Organizations
Unsmoke Canada is a non-smoking organization based in Canada. Unsmoked Canada is a project of Rothmans, Benson & Hedges Inc., a Philip Morris International Inc. The Great Outdoors Fund is dedicated to preserving the natural environment. The Great Outdoors Fund, founded in 2017, is dedicated to generating voluntary funding from the private sector to assist public businesses and their nonprofit partners in keeping the great outdoors healthy and open for the benefit and enjoyment of people of all ages and abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Great Outdoors Fund and its partners work to make a difference and keep the great outdoors great, from city parks to national forests.
To learn more about these organizations, click on the links given below:
RBH’s Director of External Affairs, Jeff Gaulin
“Each of us has the potential to make a positive difference in our communities. Unsmoke Canada accomplishes this by raising awareness about a problem that affects us all – litter – and empowering individuals and organizations to address the problem in their communities. Cigarette butts are one of the most littered commodities on the planet. This funding program allows us to bring the conversation about littering, specifically cigarette-butt littering, to the forefront so that we can all work together to combat it.”
The Great Outdoors Fund’s Founder and CEO, Lori McCullough
“The Unsmoke Canada Cleanups program will be in its third year in 2022. Every year, we are astounded by the outpouring of support and engagement from Canadians all around the country.
We will be granting approximately $100,000 to groups this year, and we are excited to see the effect that may be made across the country.”
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