Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants
Transforming the Outdoor Landscape of Canada's Schools
Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.
Amount offered: $500–$3,500 for schools, $500–$2,000 for daycares.
Please note that due to the popularity of the program, we no longer have funding available for the May 31 intake deadline. We encourage you to work on your application over the summer and submit in September for the 2013–2014 school year.
Applications for the 2012–2013 funding program will be accepted on 4 intake dates throughout the school year:
- September 21, 2012 – for schools that have completed their design process and are ready to plant in the fall
- November 16, 2012 – for schools that have completed the design process and need planning time for their spring plant date
- March 1, 2013 – for spring plantings
- May 31, 2013 – for late spring/early summer or early fall plantings
Schools applying for funding must have school grounds that are:
- on school board property
- publicly accessible (greater community included) outside of school hours
- publicly funded (i.e. non-tuition based)
Daycares applying for funding must be:
- publicly accessible (greater community included) at all hours of the day and on weekends, with exceptions when students are using the site
Eligible expenses include:
Maximum limits and exceptions apply—please see our Survival Guide below for complete details.
How To Apply
- Please review the Survival Guide below and our Proposal Writing Tips. They contain essential information on planning, design, fundraising and organizing.
- Create an Evergreen online account. This is required to download the application.
- Activate your account and download. You’ll receive an email with a link to activate your account. Click the link to log in and download the appropriate funding application.
- Site visit: If your school is in one of the following cities/regions, you must arrange a site visit with your regional consultant. The site visit is required prior to submission of your application.
- Applicable cities and regions: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kitchener/Waterloo, Guelph, Toronto, Durham, Ottawa and Halifax regions
- Fill out the application. The application is in Word format. You can fill it out, modify it and save it to your computer. Please note that you cannot save your application electronically on your Evergreen account.
- Send in your application by mail or courier. Faxed and emailed applications will not be accepted.
- If you submit an application and it’s incomplete or unable to be approved, we’ll work with you over the phone and through email to make changes until it’s complete and ready for approval.
- You’ll be notified by email when your application has been approved.
Grant Recipient Responsibilities
If your project is accepted, we’ll provide you with instructions in a “Funding Approval Package”:
- Funder Recognition: We'll let you know which funders to recognize and offer suggestions on how to do it.
- Toyota Dealership Matching: Your school will likely be matched with your local Toyota Dealership and you’ll need to contact the dealership to arrange a cheque presentation.
- Final Report: We’ll provide you with information on completing our evaluation and sending in receipts, photos and sample lesson plans.
What if our project doesn’t receive funding?
- We’ll notify you if we’ve exhausted available funds.
- If your school doesn’t receive funding due to exhausted funds, you’ll get a follow-up email with suggestions on improving your application for the following year. You are welcome to continue working with us to refine your application if you would like to reapply.
If you have further questions, please contact:
Ellen Kaross, National Programs Assistant
Toll-free: 1-888-426-3138 x312
In Toronto: 416-596-1495 x312