Grant BasIC prOJECt rEquIrEMEnts the project must: prOGraMs Photo: Nova Scotia Nature Trust • Be carried out in Canada by a not-for-profit organization (registered charitable status is not required) • NOT support or require any illegal activities • NOT be carried out by governmental or for-profit organizations COMpuLsOrY Grant appLICatIOn fOrMat Please follow for Capacity Building, Research, Advocacy and Education, and Access Grants, and upon invitation, Land Acquisition Grants. (For Urban Sustainability Grants, please see reverse.) Precisely follow the outline below and provide concise, detailed responses. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We appreciate that it takes a lot of time and thought to write an application, so please ensure your project meets our criteria before applying. If you sustaInaBILItY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Learn more at mec.ca/belief are unsure, please contact our Community Involvement Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.866.632.3863. 1 prOJECt suMMarY 4 prOJECt BudGEt LEttEr Of IntEnt (on a separate page) (Maximum one page) (Land acquisition Grants) MEC is committed to sustainability in everything we do. In addition to reducing the ecological 1. Title of project The budget must show how an MEC follow this format: footprint of our business, we provide financial support to Canadian conservation and outdoor 2. Name of applicant grant would be allocated. The budget • Maximum 3 pages recreation groups. Our grant programs are designed to help not-for-profit groups and 3. Project category should include all expenses, firm quotes • Title of project organizations: COnsErvE our rapidly diminishing wild spaces, EduCatE Canadians about areas 4. Project summary (150 words max.) where possible, and the following as they relate to the project: • Name of applicant of significant ecological or outdoor recreational value, and InspIrE Canadians to become active 2 appLICant • Staff costs (i.e., management, • MEC program category participants in responsible, self-propelled outdoor activity. together we can make this a reality. (Maximum one page) professional, or contract • Name, email address, mailing staff–not volunteer time) 1. Name of applicant address and phone number • Volunteer time (i.e., number of contact person MEC OffErs Grants In 2. Address of applicant of volunteers, hours) thE fOLLOwInG CatEGOrIEs: Our vIsIOn 3. Telephone, fax, email address, • Brief description of applicant and website (if applicable) • Overhead (i.e., premises rental, Land aCquIsItIOn • Details of the project including Canada will be home to the world’s most comprehensive 4. Name of contact person equipment office supplies, Conserve ecologically and/or recreationally how it addresses MEC program 5. Brief history of applicant, including: postage, photocopying/printing) significant resources. network of parks and protected areas, and will sustain goals or criteria a) An outline of organizational • Construction or building materials the world’s most outstanding outdoor playground. • Request details: dollar amount CapaCItY BuILdInG objectives • Any form of donation in kind or product donation Strengthen conservation organizations. self-propelled outdoor activity will be a primary feature b) Number of members and a description of membership • All expected revenue from rEsEarCh of Canadian culture and lifestyle. requirements and restrictions any income-generating activities suBMIssIOns Support wilderness conservation and c) Organization type (e.g., society, related to the project, direct sustainable recreational land use. contributions by the applicant, charitable organization, etc.) Email to email@example.com, or from other sources advOCaCY and EduCatIOn COMMunItY InvOLvEMEnt at MEC d) Summary of income + expenses or mail to: Support the protection of ecologically Each time you make a purchase at MEC a portion of your sale goes to for previous fiscal year LEttErs Of rEfErEnCE Community Involvement Coordinator significant cores and corridors. MEC’s grant programs. Since 1987, we’ve contributed over $7 million Mountain Equipment Co-op 3 prOJECt (Optional) aCCEss to Canada’s environmental and outdoor communities in support of conservation, 149 West 4th Avenue education, and access projects. (Maximum two pages) Letters of reference are useful but Inspire participation, facilitate public access, Vancouver, BC V5Y 4A6 not mandatory. Please do not promote responsible use of outdoor areas. For more information visit mec.ca/belief. 1. Details of the project, including • Twice a year: March 10 send more than three letters from urBan sustaInaBILItY start and end dates and September 10. supportive stakeholders. Support local environmental groups in each appLICatIOn dEadLInEs 2. Total dollar amount requested (may • Land Acquisition letters of intent include request for MEC product) MEC store community. • Twice a year: March 10 and September 10. are due September 10; full 3. Description of how the project applications are due March 10. GrassrOOts prOduCt dOnatIOns • Land Acquisition letters of intent are due by September 10; meets the category criteria Enable conservation/access groups to raise full applications are due March 10. • Due to the high volume of 4. Details of evaluation plans to funds or reward volunteers. applications, late submissions • Due to the high volume of applicants, late submissions measure the project’s success, will not be reviewed. will not be reviewed. and follow-up plans • Urban Sustainability Grant and Grassroot Product Donation submissions should be sent to the Sustainability Coordinator at your local MEC store. x xxxxxxxsssslllzzzzzzzzzzxdddddffffffffff Edddddddddddddddddddddddddddd CapaCItY BuILdInG Grants advOCaCY and EduCatIOn Grants urBan sustaInaBILItY Grants Capacity Building Grants strengthen Advocacy and Education Grants support the protection Urban Sustainability Grants support local the effectiveness of conservation organizations of ecologically significant cores and corridors environmental groups in each MEC store and range from $5,000 to $35,000. and range from $1,000 to $10,000. community and range from $500 to $5,000. Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria • Your organization has established a strong record in • The need for the project is demonstrated in terms of • Your project should address a local sustainability issue, such as environmental conservation. ecosystems, plants, or animals affected. waste, energy, consumption, or transportation. OrICavEr fICOnfIna • The project leverages the ability of the organization or network to pursue conservation goals through investment in technology • The project addresses the systemic causes of, and solutions to, the problem(s). • Projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the local Sustainability Coordinator, based on input from MEC staff. nOnsuLEsId autE or training and development of people. • Key messages, communication plans, and intended impact (These grants are funded through our shopping bag program. EfErfECOnuM MaIOIt; • The project focuses on increasing strategic or operational effectiveness. of the campaign are identified. Each time you make a purchase in an MEC store without taking a bag, 5 cents is donated to this program.) CatIaM parBIsquE • A plan is in place to sustain your organization’s increased capacity. • The approach or strategy shows originality. • Your organization has a successful record in other campaigns. hIC rEntIs, dIus Et • Training and human resources development projects will build GrassrOOts dOnatIOns Of prOduCts • A large number of people and/or key decision makers will be fItaM OCChILIn skills and knowledge of key staff, exceptional volunteers or board members in areas such as: reached by this project. MEC products and gift certificates enable 1. Leadership skills • Broad-based community involvement and extensive coalition grassroots conservation or access groups 2. Strategic planning or collaboration work is demonstrated. to raise funds or reward volunteers. 3. Governance • Other sources of funding have been sought. 4. Fundraising or financial management • The project goals are attainable within a one-year grant term. Evaluation Criteria Photo: Richard Akitt 5. Communications or marketing • Projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the local ddddddcccdddddd Sustainability Coordinator. Land aCquIsItIOn Grants rEsEarCh Grants aCCEss Grants Land Acquisition Grants conserve ecologically Research Grants support wilderness Access Grants inspire participation, protect or facilitate hOw tO appLY and/or recreationally significant resources conservation and sustainable recreational public access, promote responsible use of the outdoors, Submit a letter of intent to the Sustainability Coordinator at your and range from $10,000 to $100,000. land use and range from $5,000 to $20,000. and range from $500 to $10,000. local MEC store. The application (maximum three pages) should include a description of the applicant, the project or initiative, Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria Evaluation Criteria and how the project meets MEC’s program goals. • Your organization demonstrates the ecological and/or • The project has been initiated by or is undertaken in collaboration • Need for the project is demonstrated. Photo: Richard Akitt recreational significance of the land. with an environmental and/or recreation community organization. • Community, recreational, and/or environmental groups are • The urgency of acquisition is evident. • The project has grassroots support. involved in determining the needs for the project. • Your organization has a successful record in land acquisition. • Urgency of, and need for, research is demonstrated. • The number of people who will benefit from the project is high. • A strategy for public education about the conservation • Project goals are attainable within a one-year grant term. • Measures to minimize negative environmental impact of effort is in place. recreation in the area are identified. • Your research leader is experienced, qualified, and will enhance • There is broad-based community or stakeholder support. credibility of the project. • Large numbers of volunteers are working on the project. • Other sources of funding have been investigated. • The research is rigorous and results are measurable. • A follow-up plan (in terms of maintenance, etc.) is provided. • A strong plan is in place to: • The ratio of administration costs to overall budget is low. hOw tO appLY 1. Disseminate results Submit a letter of intent (see back page for details) to the 2. Use the research to support the work of other ENGOs OrICavEr fICOnfIna Community Involvement Coordinator before september 10. 3. Influence land-use decisions and outcomes nOnsuLEsId autE EfEr- hOw tO appLY fECOnuM MaIOIt; CatIaM OthEr COMMunItY prOGraMs • Follow the Compulsory Grant Application Format on the back of this brochure. parBIsquE hIC rEntIs, MEC’s Community Programs also include Expedition Support, • Submit your completed application to the Community Involvement Coordinator. (See Submissions on the back page for contact information.) • MEC will respond to applications within eight weeks of the deadline. dIus Et fItaM OCChILIn as well as Regional and National Community Partnerships. To learn more visit: mec.ca/belief.
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