Are you thinking of kick-starting a recycling program but don’t have the budget? Recycling Grants help organizations across multiple industries offset the costs of recycling. Keep reading to learn more about some grants available across Canada.

What is a Recycling Grant?

A recycling grant is funding (typically from a non-profit, large corporation, or government organization) that helps offset the costs of your recycling program. There is an array of recycling grants available based on your geographic location as well as what industry your organization is in. There are larger grants that are available to applicants across the entire country vs. smaller, local grants available in your city or province. Some grants fund recycling infrastructure (bins) directly, while others fund recycling education and outreach projects, composting programs, and more. Here we’ve provided a list of some of the grants that are available in Canada.

Canadian Grants

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant

The TD Friends of the Environment Foundation is a charity founded by TD Bank that funds environmental projects across the country, primarily focused on funding green space programs and environmental education. Eligible applicants include registered Canadian charities, educational institutions, municipalities and Indigenous communities!

  • Potential Grant Amount: $2,000-$8,000
  • EcoAction Community Funding Program

    The EcoAction Community Funding Program provides funding to non-profit and non-government organizations for local action-based projects that produce measurable, positive effects on the environment. Each year, the government chooses a new environmental priority to provide funding for.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $25,000-$100,000
  • British Columbia

    Columbia Basin Trust Environmental Grants

    Columbia Basin Trust provides funding for environmental projects that take place within the Columbia Basin Trust region. Eligible applicants include non-profits, First Nation communities, municipalities and regional districts. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $5,000+ dependent on project size
  • Bullitt Foundation

    The Bullitt Foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations that are working to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest, with a priority on projects taking place in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Dependent on project size/budget
  • Alberta

    Community Champions

    The Community Champions Program (CCP) is an infrastructure grant program that is specially designed for not-for-profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) that make out-of-home opportunities for recycling more convenient for and accessible to the public.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $20,000
  • Alberta EcoTrust Environmental Grant Program

    Alberta EcoTrust funds non-profit organizations and first nations communities in Alberta to tackle Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. They have a total of 4 grants streams.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $7,500-$30,000
  • Edmonton Community Foundation

    The Edmontom Community Foundation funds multiple charities in the Edmonton area, including non-profits in the environmental sector.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $50,000-$80,000
  • Saskatchewan

    EcoFriendly Sask

    Ecofriendly Sask supports projects that protect, preserve, or repair the natural environment. Eligible applicants include individuals, schools, or community groups and institutions in Saskatchewan.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $500
  • Environmental Grant

    The City of Saskatoon implemented the Environmental Grant to fund projects that support their strategic goal of environmental leadership. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Manitoba

    Waste Reduction and Recycling Support

    The Waste Reduction and Recycling Support (WRARS) program supports sustainable waste management efforts and prevention practices in Manitoba. Eligible applicants include organizations, businesses, local governments, educational institutions, and Indigenous communities in Manitoba.


    Waste Reduction Community Grants

    This grant supports innovative community-based efforts to reduce residential waste and increase participation in the City of Toronto’s waste diversion programs. Eligible applicants include resident, tenant, and neighbourhood associations, service clubs, ethnic community organizations, registered charitable organizations, environmental organizations, school groups, clubs, and councils.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $5,000 – $25,000
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund

    MMSB’s Solid Waste Management Innovation Fund (SWMIF) provides financial support to innovators who are advancing sustainable waste management by finding creative ways to turn trash into treasure in Newfoundland and Labrador. Eligible applicants include businesses, industry associations and non-profits.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $15,000
  • Community Waste Diversion Fund

    The Community Waste Diversion Fund provides financial support to communities across Newfoundland and Labrador that are finding exciting new ways to reduce, reuse or recycle more waste. Eligible applicants include municipalities and local service districts.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Nova Scotia

    Municipal Funding for Waste Diversion

    Divert NS provides funding for municipalities to encourage their waste diversion efforts. This funding supports their waste management infrastructure and the delivery of waste management programs.

    Prince Edward Island

    Infrastructure Funding Programs

    Government of PEI is providing funding to municipalities for infrastructure, including “green” infrastructure for recycling and waste programs.

    Northwest Territories

    Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative Funding

    The Waste Reduction and Recycling Initiative (WRRI) provides financial assistance to projects tackling some waste reduction initiatives. Eligible applicants include NWT-based municipalities, Indigenous governments, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
  • Yukon

    Environmental Awareness Funding

    The Environmental Awareness Fund (EAF) supports the efforts of grassroots organizations to educate, engage and connect Yukon communities with the territory’s natural environment to promote conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and stewardship.

  • Potential Grant Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Environmental Grant

    The City of Whitehorse Environmental Grant encourages community groups to pursue the goals of the Whitehorse Sustainability Plan. Eligible applicants include societies, schools and commercial organizations in Whitehorse.

  • Potential Grant Amount: $1000
  • Know of any grants we missed? Send us an email at with the grant and we’ll add it to the list!