Spring and Fall grants

Community grants

Through our grants of up to $20,000, MEC supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts. MEC conduct two grant cycles annually. Applications must be completed and submitted by midnight (Pacific time) on the closing date to be considered.

  • 2019 spring grants are accepted January 31 to March 28. Applicants are notified mid-May.
  • 2019 fall grants are accepted July 1 to September 4. Applicants are notified mid-November.


MEC’s Community Grants program supports organizations that can demonstrate their commitment to at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas:

1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.

This may include:

  • Inspiring and enabling participation in outdoor and indoor activities or providing opportunities to try new activities and developing technical or safety skills, or
  • Planning, construction and maintenance of facilities or infrastructure such as trails, skills-parks or backcountry shelters
2. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.

This may include:

  • Outdoor environmental education programming to teach about areas of environmental importance
  • Deliver programming that will increase awareness about ecologically sensitive areas and how to recreate responsibly in them

Preference will be given to programs that can deliver on both criteria described. Capacity building may also be considered as part of applications related to the two focus areas.

Your project must:

  • Focus on at least one of MEC’s core activities: hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, yoga, running and cycling
  • Minimize environmental impact and promote safe, responsible use of the outdoors
  • Demonstrate how you will advance environmental stewardship and literacy through increased awareness and actions
  • State clear, measurable goals and outcomes attainable within a one-year grant term
  • Have long-term impact on participants
  • Effectively demonstrate need and benefits for the project
  • Have a follow-up plan describing the steps to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the project
  • Demonstrate a responsible and prudent program budget

Bonus points if your project:

  • Takes advantage of opportunities to involve volunteers
  • Includes and/or influences diverse demographics
  • Involves community or research to determine the need for your project
  • Is unique and creative

Eligible organizations must be qualified donees:

  • Registered charity or not-for-profit organization or association
  • Registered Canadian amateur athletic association
  • Registered association or club affiliated with a registered university
  • First Nations band registered as a qualified donee

Our Community Contributions program does not support:

  • Governmental organizations, including organizations that receive core funding from the government
  • In-classroom curriculum programs (excludes after-school programs, clubs, or third-party programs)
  • Individuals (with the exception of Expedition Support)
  • Illegal activities
  • Projects outside of Canada
  • Projects that focus primarily on fundraising for medical causes
  • Event sponsorship
  • Playground structures
  • Gardening or agricultural activities