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APPLY NOW: $1.3 million grant program for environmental community projects

Start your application today for the third round of NAPECA grants!

Montreal, 13 August 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 Regular Session on 15 July 2015.

The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program is designed to support nonprofit, 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.

Past NAPECA grant recipients have included projects that promote the use of solar energy, provide organic and sustainable food alternatives to indigenous and urban communities, create linkages between indigenous groups to bring about unified solutions to pollution challenges, and engage citizen participation in water and fish habitat monitoring protocols.

Grant selection criteria have been established to ensure these projects achieve measurable objectives and produce clear and tangible results. These criteria, along with information regarding the application process, are described in the Call for Proposals. The due date for submitting proposals is 26 August 2015.

Visit the NAPECA website and register to submit your application online. For any questions, contact Karen Schmidt, Project Coordinator, North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, at napeca@cec.org.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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