GRCA, foundation offering grants for school and community projects

CAMBRIDGE – Applications are being accepted for grants for schoolyard and community environmental projects offered by the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

The two organizations are offering Community Conservation Grants in two categories.

Community groups can receive up to $1,000 for conservation projects that are tangible and available for use or benefit of the entire community. Previous recipients have built a river access point, carried out habitat restoration and planted trees.

Elementary schools in the Grand River watershed can receive up to $750 to support greening projects such as schoolyard naturalization and tree/shrub plantings.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28. More details and application forms are available on the GRCF website at

Funding for these grants comes from two sources:

– the GRCA’s Thiess Riverprize Endowment Fund, which was established with proceeds from the GRCA’s award won in 2000 for excellence in watershed management; and

– the GRCF’s Grand Champions Endowment Fund, established through private donations to support local environmental work.