Submitting an Application
Any charitable or non-profit organization registered in Canada that can show that its project is not personal or lucrative in nature but serves the interests of the communities involved is eligible for a grant from the Foundation. These conditions apply to projects presented by municipalities, regional county municipalities (MRC) and band councils (see the Grant Agreement section).
Any project that is in line with the Foundation's mission and principles and contributes to the achievement of its objectives is eligible for grants from the Foundation.
A project (or component of a project) must be carried out in Québec to qualify for financial assistance from the Foundation.
From the time the Foundation began operation in 2001 until 2005, it accepted applications for programs that promoted projects dealing primarily with animal and plant species that are at risk, and with habitat acquisition.
Since 2006, the Foundation has put more emphasis on projects that reflect local communities' willingness to undertake the stewardship of the natural environments where they are likely to have an impact.
Projects whose main objective is not strictly environmental may be submitted to the Foundation if they have a significant and relevant environmental component and do not involve any risk for sensitive environmental elements in the area concerned. Only the environmental component will be eligible for grants from the Foundation
The uniqueness and sustainability of the site’s conservational role must be clearly demonstrated. The application must include at least one appraisal of the current value of the property, performed by an accredited appraiser (the Foundation reserves the right to request a second appraisal), a precise map of the cadastral lots in question, and, ideally an accepted offer to purchase.
The Foundation grants a maximum of $100,000 towards all eligible land acquisition costs. The project must also include an "education" or "development" component representing at least 10% of the Foundation’s grant for land acquisition costs. Priority will be given to projects with an educational or public awareness component that explains the conservation issues associated with the acquisition. In principle, the site must also provide for public contact with the environment, according to conditions that ensure its ecological integrity is respected.
(1) Acquisition projects on public domain (on government, regional county municipality or municipal property) are not eligible.
The project schedule must be realistic and suitable for the project objectives and scale. In general, since the Foundation operates on a one-year cycle, the projects it funds usually last twelve months.
The project may, however, be part of a broader plan, since many organizations take a long-term perspective. In this instance, and if the organization so requests, a grant may be awarded for a maximum of two consecutive years, on the condition that it applies to successive phases of the same project.
To provide the Foundation with an overview, the proponent must clearly specify the phases of the project to which the Foundation would contribute and briefly describe previous phases completed and future phases planned. An interim report must be submitted to the Foundation at the end of the first year and the grant for the second year would be conditional on achieving the objectives of the phases completed in Year 1.
The Foundation will not commit to granting funds for all phases of such a project; however, the sustainability of phases funded by the Foundation must be clearly demonstrated, even if the Foundation does not award a grant for subsequent phases at a later date.
|Grant requested from FHQE||Other financial contributions required||Professional accountant services required|
|At least 25% of the total funding (cash)(2)(3)||Financial statements of the project accompanied by a Notice To Reader(4)|
|≥ $100,000||At least 50% of the total funding (cash)(2)(3)||Financial statements of the project accompanied by a Review Engagement Report(4)|
(1) Any type of external funding will be favorably viewed in the project evaluation.
(2) No funds will be paid unless letters of confirmation from the other funding sources are supplied, specifying the cash amounts or fair market value of the contributions. For example:
(3) If you are a municipality, a regional county municipality, a band council or an inter-municipal organization, financing must include at least one other sponsor (excluding your organization) for grant requests of $50,000 or more.
(4) The financial statements of the project must be compiled (for grants < $100,000) or reviewed (for grants ≥ $100,000) by an independent chartered accountant and incorporated into the final project report. The related cost must be included in the projected expenses budget submitted with the grant application.
These ceilings apply to the entire project if it is solely environmental. For any other kind of project, the ceilings only apply to the environmental component.
Is one of your volunteers or board member a Hydro-Québec employee?
If one of your volunteers or board members is a Hydro-Québec employee, invite him or her to learn more about the "Fier de Nature" program, which is designed to recognize and promote the socio-environmental involvement of Hydro-Québec employees. Based on the program's eligibility criteria, your organization could receive up to $5000 in support of an initiative presented by the employee.