Grant opportunities are now available to residents in the eastern Georgian Bay region for stewardship projects that improve or preserve water quality and environmental health. The grants are available through the Lake Simcoe Eastern Georgian Bay Community Stewardship Program which is delivered by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.
The Community Stewardship Program provides a holistic approach toward achieving water quality and environmental improvements in Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. Education, support and grant opportunities are available for residents, cottagers, shoreline owners, businesses, municipalities, community groups and others living within the program area. The eligible program area is the Georgian Bay region west of the Highway 400/Highway 69 corridor to the Georgian Bay shoreline, including islands, extending north to the French River.
The types of projects eligible for funding include: shoreline erosion control and restoration; replacing failed septic systems; wetland restoration and improvement; stream and fisheries improvements; planting native species and re-naturalization; and other projects which consider water quality protection
To apply for funding, landowners must first register and attend a free Stewardship Workshop. These three hour workshops provide a program overview, project ideas, and types of funding available, as well as other resources. Participating landowners then develop an action plan using the free Stewardship Guide, host a site visit, and submit an application form, permits, and financial documents. The site visit is completed by the program Extension Specialists, and only serves to verify project need and eligibility. Technical support is available at no cost throughout the entire process. Applicants will be advised of eligible funding levels prior to project commencement and grants will be issued after receipt of all eligible paid invoices upon project completion.
Upcoming Stewardship Workshops will be held:
- July 25th, 9:30am – 12:30 at the Township of Georgian Bay, 99 Lone Pine Rd, Port Severn.
- June 27th, 9:30am – 12:30 Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George Street, Parry Sound.
- August 12th, 6-9pm Senior Citizen Centre, Britt.
Early Stewardship Workshop registration is advised as space in the program is limited and applications will be processed in the order they are submitted. To register for a Stewardship Workshop or for more information on the program visit gbbr.ca/communitystewardship. You may also contact Extension Specialist, Delaina Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 774.0978 for direct inquires or if you are interested in hosting a Stewardship Workshop in your area.
The Community Stewardship Program is made possible through the Environment Canada Lake Simcoe South Eastern Georgian Bay Clean Up Fund. The GBBR is grateful to all partners including the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.