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NAPECA Community Grants

Boston, MA, 15 July 2015 — Across North America, countless active community groups are tackling environmental challenges close to home. The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is calling on local hands-on organizations to apply for a new C$1,325,000 grant program endorsed by the CEC Council at its 22nd annual session on July 15, 2015.

The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program is designed to support non-profit nongovernmental organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States that work with local communities to create a shared sense of responsibility for stewardship of the environment. For 2015–2016, the CEC Council has agreed that the focus of the NAPECA proposals is Sustainable Communities/Urban Initiatives.

What are the key dates for 2015 grants?

Proposals due

26 August 2015 - CLOSED

Selection of successful grant applicants

late October 2015

Official grants announcement

first week of December2015

Projects begin

January 2016

  Call for Proposals   Eligibility   Registration and Online Application System  Applicant Tutorial

Useful Tips

We encourage you to create a NAPECA account and get acquainted with the online application system well in advance of the deadline for submitting proposals.

Steps to submit your proposal

  • New applicants must register themselves and their organizations. In the online system click “Create new account”. Provide the organization’s contact information. Register using an e-mail address and password of your preference.
  • Applicants who have previously registered can access their account by entering their e-mail address and password.
  • Select the proposal application form in the language of your preference: English, French or Spanish.
  • Fill in the application form and templates. The online system allows you to save your work as a draft until it is ready to be submitted.
  • In the budget field, enter the amount requested, in US dollars (US$). Do not enter letters.

If, for some reason, you cannot apply using the online system or if you are encountering difficulties with it, please contact us and our staff will be happy to assist you in completing the application process.



Recognizing that ecosystems do not follow political boundaries but rather often cross state, provincial and national borders, and that individual investments made by each country can achieve greater success if a shared sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment across North America is developed, the Parties, through the CEC, established a grant program, the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) in 2010.

NAPECA is intended to support a flexible and diverse set of project types that will improve access to resources provided by the Parties through the CEC for smaller, more hands-on organizations and that build partnerships at the community level with a focus on sustainable communities and urban initiatives.

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Title Date
1. Indigenous Perspectives for Lake Winnipeg 02/10/2014
2. Adopt a Rancher 02/06/2014
3. The K’omoks and Squamish Estuaries — A Blue Carbon Pilot Project 02/10/2014
4. Youth Water Education and Monitoring Project 02/10/2014
5. Improving Community-Scale Feces Waste Treatment (CSFWT) in Arctic North America 02/07/2014
5. The Lake Erie Shoreline Project 02/10/2014
6. Sol Not Coal: Leveraging Solar Energy to Strengthen Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations 02/10/2014
7. Proyecto Playas Limpias de Tijuana y Rosarito / Baja California Border Region Beach Water Quality 02/10/2014
8. Developing a Carbon Reduction Methodology through Backyard Gardening 02/06/2014
9. Pilot Project for a GHG Emissions Reduction Initiative via a Student Competition in South Miami, FL 02/10/2014
11. Integration of edible greens into the production chain to ensure food security in the Sierra Tarahumara 02/07/2014
12. Community Improvement of Sanitation, Farm, Tourism and Ecological Services for Sustainable Development in the Hñahñü Indigenous Community of El Alberto, Ixmiquilpan (Hidalgo, Mexico) 02/07/2014
13. Strengthening Community Ties for Environmental Health and Sustainability 02/07/2014
14. Rural Schools in the Texcoco Mountain Zone, Toward Sustainability 02/07/2014
15. Local capacity building to apply alternative technologies and training on sustainable water management and biological conservation 02/07/2014
16. Reduction of Pollution from Waste Cooking Oil and Biodiesel Utilization in Communities of the Municipality of Emiliano Zapata, Tabasco 02/10/2014
17. Reinforced concrete tanks for rainwater catchment in the Municipality of San Lucas Quiaviní in the State of Oaxaca 02/10/2014