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BasIC prOJECt rEquIrEMEnts
the project must:

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• 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
are unsure, please contact our Community Involvement Coordinator at 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
                                              • 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,
                                                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
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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
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.
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                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                              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
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                                                                                      5. Communications or marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Projects are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the local
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      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
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                                                                                  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:

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