Green Kickstarter Fund

Fonds de démarrage vert

Let’s go eco!

Apply for the

Green Kickstarter Fund

and take the next step in reducing your environmental footprint

On Earth Day April 22nd, the Centre launched the Green Kickstarter Fund as a time-limited funding offer of small grants up to $10,000 per organization (*$15,000 for groups in the North).

How to apply?

To apply, go to Portico, our community portal, set up an account, click on Grant applications and select “Green Kickstarter Fund” as funding stream. You can save the application and come back to it, as many times as you need to.

If you have questions throughout this process, please don’t hesitate to connect with one of our program managers, they are there to guide you!

Contact us:

or 1-833-360-3967

The fund is available for non-profit housing providers and tenant associations to help expand the sector’s commitment to eco-responsibility. It will also contribute to creating more sustainable communities providing a wealth of benefits, including improved health and wellbeing, enhanced morale, reduced energy costs and cleaner air and water.

Whether you need funding for your community garden initiative, composting system, tree planting scheme or to simply improve your bicycle storage facilities, the Green Kickstarter Fund can give a financial boost to make your project come to life.

The deadline for applications is June 10, 2022. Awarded projects will be announced on July 15, 2022.

Your green renovations exceed $10,000 ($15,000 for the North)?

Contact one of our Regional Energy Coach who will help you plan the funding for your project.

Watch the launch webinar :

The webinar was hosted by:

Marie Brouillette

Marie Brouillette

Operations director

Hope Jamieson

Hope Jamieson

Program manager


Now available on Portico.


Northern communities - What qualifies as “the North”?

The North is a term defined by Statistics Canada that encompasses the territories (Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), as well as the northern regions of Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. For the list of areas considered to be in the North, click here. For a map of these areas, click here.

Why is the grant higher ($15,000) for groups in the North?

Simple everyday things such as groceries, gas and any other materials are much more expensive up North because of costs of shipping and transport logistics. To be more equitable, the Centre opted to give a slightly higher grant amount for applicants from the provincial north and territories.


The application process and logistics

Who is eligible to apply for the Green Kickstarter Fund?

The Fund is available for non-profit housing providers and tenant associations.

The Centre will accept proposals from all sizes of organizations and housing providers. However, priority will be given to organizations that have limited operational funds to implement their projects without the Centre’s support.

If you are running a co-op, you are not eligible to the Fund. We invite you to consider applying for the Greener Co-op Microgrants financed in part by the Centre. To find out more about this funding stream, check out the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada’s website.

Who will read my application?

Your application will be reviewed by a Centre Program Manager. The Centre will make the final funding decision based on the assessment of proposals and the distribution of funds to date.

How will we find out if we got the grant?

We will send you an email if you get the grant or not, or if we need more information about your application. If you don’t hear from us, it means your application is still being processed or under review.

Can we talk to someone about our idea and grant application?

Yes! The Centre’s Program Managers are here to help and provide support around the application process and definition of project or idea.

Call us at: 1-833-360-3967 or email us at  In fact, it is often helpful to contact us before you begin filling out your application!

I am having trouble with my Portico login or account. What can I do?

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the Portico portal, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing

If our project is accepted…

Will we have to report on how we used the funds?

Yes. There will be a brief report to submit at the end of the project.

Will we have to acknowledge the Centre in our project and project-related materials?

Yes, you will need to do so. This can be made through any combination of the following opportunities:

  • Electronically, through websites, e-newsletters, bulletins, blogs, and/or social media
  • In printed products, advertisements, brochures, posters, newsletters, annual reports, media releases, signage, and/or correspondence
  • Publicly during a community gathering or celebration, and/or at exhibits and displays.

The logos and optional messaging will be provided to you.

Quick tips for a successful application

While grant writing is not an exact science, there are easy steps you can take to increase your organization’s chances of receiving a piece of the pie!

Be concise 

Provide context



(specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound)

Contact us before you start or 1-833-360-3967

Explore our

Environmental Self-Assessment Tool

  • Questionnaire to assess your organization’s environmental initiatives
  • Generate assessment of your current situation
  • Discuss with one of our Regional Energy Coaches to find opportunities to go green!

Click here to find out about our other green initiatives like the

Walk-through energy assessment

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