Funding Opportunities

Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grants

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.

View a list of schools funded in 2015-16 (PDF, 44kb)

For more information on the 2016–2017 Program, please consult the following sections:

  1. Amount Offered
  2. Application Deadlines
  3. Eligibility
  4. Eligible Expenses
  5. How to Apply
  6. Grant Recipient Responsibilities
  7. What to Expect
  8. More Information

Amount Offered

Up to $3,500 for public schools and daycares located on school Board/District property, including First Nation-operated schools on reserve.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for the 2016–2017 school year are:

  • September 16, 2016
  • November 4, 2016
  • February 10, 2017
  • April 13, 2017

Please note, the time for all deadline dates is 11:59pm Eastern Time.


Schools applying for funding must have school grounds that are:

  • On school board/district property, including First Nation-operated schools on reserve.
  • Publicly available (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 available (greater community included) outside of operating hours

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses include:

  • Native tree & shrub species (see Evergreen's Native Plant Database resource)
    Note that native wildflowers and herbaceous plants are not eligible.
  • Heritage berries, vegetable seeds and vegetable plants
  • Tools, materials and professional services (such as a native species expert, design professional or a professional educator)
  • Maximum limits and exceptions apply—please see our Survival Guides below for complete details.

How to Apply

The application deadlines for the 2016–2017 school year are:

  • September 16, 2016
  • November 4, 2016
  • February 10, 2017
  • April 13, 2017

Please note, the time for all deadline dates is 11:59pm Eastern Time.

  1. 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:

    • Winnipeg School Division
    • Seven Oaks School Division
    • Pembina Trails School Division
    • Upper Grand District School Board
    • Waterloo Region District School Board
    • Halton District School Board
    • Toronto District School Board
    • Toronto Catholic District School Board
    • York Catholic District School Board
    • York District School Board
    • Durham District School Board
    • Ottawa Catholic School Board
    • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (Ottawa)
    • Nova Scotia

    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.

  2. Download the Survival Guide

    This resource contains essential information on planning, design, fundraising and organizing.

  3. Complete the supporting documents

    You can download the budget template here (XLSX, 18KB). Be sure to have your Master and Project plans ready to go along with your Site Management Plan—you can choose to create your own or use our template (DOCX, 15KB).

  4. Apply online

    Fill out our online application form. Be sure to include all necessary attachments.

  5. You're done!

    You'll be notified by e-mail when your application has been received, and when funding decisions are made.

Grant Recipient Responsibilities

  • Next steps

    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 a Toyota Dealership in your community. Your local Toyota Dealership will present your school’s awarded cheque on behalf of the program. You will be provided with the dealership contact information, and you will need to contact the dealership to arrange a cheque presentation.

  • Final Report

    We'll provide you with information on completing a brief final report by fall 2017.

What to Expect

Once we receive your application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. An Evergreen review committee will review your application and you will be notified by email of the status of your funding approximately six weeks 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 in your funding notification email. You will be provided with instructions on how to re-submit your application.

Please note that schools may be funded only once per school year.

Application Processing Timelines

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Application Deadline* Funding Notification Sent to All Applicants Funding Packages Sent to Successful Applicants Intended Date of Project Installation Final Report Deadline
September 16, 2016 Late October 2016 November 2016 Late Fall 2016 October 2017
November 4, 2016 Mid-December 2016 January 2017 Early Spring 2017 October 2017
February 10,2017 Late March 2017 April 2017 Spring/Summer 2017 October 2017
April 13, 2017 Late May 2017 June 2017 Summer/Fall 2017 October 2017

* - Applications are due by 11:59pm Eastern Time on deadline dates

More Information

If you have further questions, please contact:
Toll-free: 1-888-426-3138 x310
In Toronto: 416-596-1495 x310