Healthy Shorelines for Healthy Lakes

Microgrant Program

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If your lake group or residents participated in Love Your Lake you can apply for a microgrant to help naturalize your lake’s shoreline. Healthy shorelines are among the most productive and diverse environments. They support a vibrant community of plants and wildlife, help filter pollutants and protect against erosion. We want to help get your lake healthy and keep it that way! The Love Your Lake Microgrant Program will provide up to $500 per lake group or association for shoreline naturalization projects that contribute to lake health. Project proposals need to demonstrate involvement of your lake community members.

Who can apply?

Lake groups and lake associations who have participated in Love Your Lake are eligible to receive a microgrant. Applications will be reviewed based on the quality of the project and the need for financial support.

What projects may be funded?

The Love Your Lake Microgrant Program will provide up to $500 per lake group or association for shoreline naturalization projects that positively impact lake health such as shoreline restoration and demonstration sites.  Only native plants can be purchased through this grant as they are better adapted to the local environment, require less care, and support the needs of local wildlife. To help find plants native to your region, visit CWF’s Native Plant Encyclopedia and Watershed Canada’s Native Plant Database.

Community support required

Love Your Lake Microgrant Program proposals need to demonstrate the support and involvement of your lake community members in projects that take action towards improving and maintaining shoreline and lake health. Examples can include community members distributing native plants, helping design garden layouts and planting shorelines.

What project costs are eligible?

Receipts will need to be submitted to Heather Murphy at murphy@watersheds.ca for reimbursement up to a total of $500 per approved application. The following project costs are eligible under the program:

  • Native plants and other landscaping material and supply costs
  • Equipment rental costs

Acknowledging funding support

We ask that you acknowledge that you received support from Love Your Lake, Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation in any communications related to your funded project. We will also acknowledge the success of our Love Your Lake Microgrant Program recipients on LoveYourLake.ca, social media and in other communications.

Timelines

The 2021 Love Your Lake Microgrant Program application deadline is April 15, 2021 and successful recipients will receive notification by May 3, 2021. All funding must be used by December 1, 2021 and a funding report must be submitted by December 17, 2021.

Funding Report

A funding report must be submitted to Heather Murphy at murphy@watersheds.ca by December 17, 2021. The funding report must include:

 

  • A description of the project
  • Dates the project took place
  • What the microgrant was used for
  • How the community was engaged
  • How Love Your Lake, Watersheds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation were recognized
  • Provide at least one (1) testimonial
  • Provide photos of the project

How to Apply

Applications for the Love Your Lake Microgrant Program can be submitted online.

 

Questions

Questions about the Love Your Lake Microgrant Program should be directed to Heather Murphy at murphy@watersheds.ca.

online application form

Love Your Lake Microgrant Program Application Form

Lake groups or organizations that have participated in Love Your Lake can apply for a microgrant to help naturalize their lake’s shoreline. Healthy shorelines are among the most productive and diverse environments. They support a vibrant community of plants and wildlife; help filter pollutants and protect against erosion. We want to help get your lake healthy and keep it that way! The Love Your Lake Microgrant Program will provide up to $500 per lake group or organization for shoreline naturalization projects that contribute to lake health. Project proposals need to demonstrate involvement of your lake community members. Submissions must be received by April 15, 2021.

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