Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Before sending us a question of your own, please check whether your question is related to any of the topics below.
No, the Foundation does not offer internships with the administrative team or in the field. However, Hydro-Québec offers various internships, some of which are related to the environment. For more information, please click on “Stagiaires” on Hydro-Québec's career page at www.hydroquebec.com/emplois/stages.html (in French only).
No, the Foundation does not provide any funding for energy efficiency projects, although Hydro-Québec does so by various means and programs. For more information, please click on the ENERGY WISE link on the Hydro-Québec Web site home page go directly to www.hydroquebec.com/energywise.
A natural environment is any ecosystem in which diversity and productivity have not been reduced to the point where regeneration through rehabilitation or restoration is impossible and which is large enough in area to support natural cycles. The environments of interest are land environments, forests, wetlands, rivers and lakes.
However, when the project submitted to the Foundation involves an urban site, see Protection, restoration and development of urban ecosystems in the Specific Topics section.Top
No, the Foundation funds only projects or project components carried out within Québec.
No, the Foundation provides subsidies only to charitable organizations or non-profit organizations registered in Canada. If you do not belong to such an organization, you may wish to set up a partnership with one that is interested in supporting your project. For more information, see Is your organization eligible?
Yes, you may contact the Foundation before investing time and energy in preparing an application. We can offer you some practical tips and guidelines for improving the quality of your project presentation. Do not hesitate to e-mail or call us.
We recommend you do a quick auto-evaluation of your project by filling out subsections 2, 3 and table 6.2 in section 6 of the Grant Application Form. This will give you a good idea of your projectés compatibility with the Foundationés objectives and criteria. To make sure you have clearly understood the objectives and criteria, carefully read the Deciding factors section of the Web site; make sure you know all the conditions associated to our grants, especially the description of the types of projects and activities that are not eligible for funding, and the types of grant agreements that you must sign if your project is accepted.
No. The Foundationés resources are limited and it has to set priorities, even for ongoing projects. As a result, many applications are rejected. Such decisions do not necessarily mean that the project was not worthwhile, only that the Foundation has to make certain choices. We recommend that you read the Deciding Factors, Conditions of Participation and Project Evaluation Criteria sections for a clearer idea of the Foundationés philosophy and funding priorities before you spend your time and energy in preparing an application.
Yes, the Foundation may grant funding to a partner who already has an active project, as long as the new application is for a project that is not directly related to the current project.
Yes, the Foundation may award a grant to a project promoter for a project that has already received funding if the application is for a new phase or a separate part of the project.Top
No, your application to the Foundation must be postmarked no later than February 1 or September 15 of a given year.
If you are just starting to develop your project, you should plan on a few months to determine the nature and scale of your project, secure your partners and begin your search for funding. Once you have completed those steps, plan on about two weeks to fill out the Grant Application Form and put your project presentation portfolio together.
As soon as we receive your grant application, we will send you an acknowledgment of receipt and begin the first step in our analysis process, which is to examine the eligibility of your application.
It can take up to three months for your application to go through the preliminary review and evaluation process and for a decision to be made. For more information, please refer to the following section: Project evaluation steps.
No, the appropriateness of the amount requested is evaluated according to project objectives and the activities planned. However, if the application submitted to the Foundation is for $50,000 or more, certain conditions for financial matching apply.
For more information, please refer to the Grant conditions section of our Web site.
Yes, the Foundation receives applications in either French or English. For English information, click here. However, all correspondence is conducted in French.
The Foundation must receive, no later than February 1 or September 15 of each year:
No. In accordance with the terms of the Grant Agreement signed with the Foundation, the project promoter remains bound to the Foundation even after the project has been completed. The Grant Agreement seeks to ensure the project's long-term impact in terms of preserving natural habitats and maintaining any infrastructures in place.Top
No. Generally speaking, the Foundation does not accept projects involving direct assistance for the sole purpose of increasing the population of commercially exploited animal or plant species or reintroducing species that are at risk or have died out in a given area.
However, if such projects have components focusing on improvements to the overall habitat or education or awareness activities, those components are eligible for a grant.
The Foundation may agree to pay the costs of a limited number of wildlife management initiatives if they help restore the biodiversity of a disturbed natural habitat and enhance its value in the eyes of the local population. However, systematic and artificial expansion of an animal or plant species for recreational or tourism purposes does not qualify for Foundation funding.
Yes, provided the projects are consistent with the local community's desire to manage the natural habitats upon which they are likely to have an impact responsibly and sustainably and the project components for which a grant was requested focus on enhancing the habitat of the species in question.
Nevertheless, in any project presentation it is always worthwhile to mention the documented presence of threatened or vulnerable species on a project site.
The creation of new education and awareness material (design, publication and initial training of facilitators, educators or teachers) is eligible for a Foundation grant as long as the project meets the criteria and includes the following components:
Note: the Foundation does not accept projects that enhance general environmental awareness (climate change, pollution, resource overharvesting, greenhouse gases, water quality, energy efficiency, etc.).Top
Yes, but the Foundation generally does not fund work carried out mostly on land inaccessible to the public. In addition, shoreline projects and projects addressing issues associated with river banks must meet the following conditions:
Yes, but 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.
Moreover, the acquisition must be for a natural environment and the project must:
However, land acquisition projects on public domain (on government, regional county municipality or municipal property) are not eligible.Top
Yes, but the Foundation generally does not fund work carried out mostly on land that is inaccessible to the public. The environment concerned by the project does not necessarily have to be a natural environment with a minimum area, as defined by the Foundation. It may be a strategically located site where the proposed activities will help to improve a local environmental problem related to urban biodiversity. In addition, any project focusing on urban ecosystem issues must include the following components:
The organization must obtain, ideally before submitting the application, all permits, authorizations and agreements required for each project phase (completion, operation and maintenance).
The Foundation wishes to focus more on projects that: