Transforming the Outdoor Landscape of Canada's Schools
The Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program helps schools create outdoor classrooms to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Since the program began in 2000, it has provided funds to over 3,000 schools from coast to coast, providing countless opportunities for students to engage with nature on their school grounds.
Amount offered: Up to $3,500 for schools, up to $2,000 for daycares.
The application deadline for the 2014–2015 funding program has now passed. Please check this page for our 2015–2016 deadlines, to be posted in summer 2015.
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:
- Located within a public school
- Publicly accessible (greater community included) outside of operating hours
Eligible expenses include:
- Native plant species (see Evergreen's Native Plant Database resource)
- Heritage berries, vegetable seeds and plants
- Tools, materials and professional services (such as a native plant or design professional or a professional educator)
- Maximum limits and exceptions apply—please see our Survival Guides below for complete details.
How to Apply
- Arrange a site visit. Schools in certain cities/regions must arrange a design consultation site visit with an Evergreen School Ground Consultant prior to submitting an application. Please arrange a site visit if your school is in one of the following regions or boards:
If your school is located outside of these regions/boards, you are still eligible to apply and are not required to arrange a site visit.
- Waterloo District School Board
- Halton District School Board
- York Catholic District School Board
- Durham District School Board
- Download the Survival Guide. This resource contains essential information on planning, design, fundraising and organizing.
- Download and complete the application. The application is in Word format, so you can fill it out, modify it, and save it to your computer.
- Send in your hard-copy application by mail or courier. Faxed and e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
- You'll be notified by e-mail when your application has been approved, and when funding decisions are made.
Grant Recipient Responsibilities
- If your project is accepted, we’ll provide you with instructions, additional information, and a package that explains your funding.
- 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 send in documentation.
What to Expect
Once we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation e-mail. An Evergreen review committee will review your application and you will be notified of the status of your funding approximately one month after the deadline.
If you submit an application and it's incomplete or unable to be approved, we'll provide you with a list of requested revisions. Please modify your application with the recommendations provided and re-submit for the next intake deadline.
We'll notify you if we've exhausted available funds.
If your school doesn't receive funding due to exhausted funds, you will be notified and encouraged to re-apply for a new funding cycle.