RELEASE — Registered charities and non-profits: do you have a green project you want to realize? The City has introduced the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund to support your vision!
This fund will help realize local climate action projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) and/or air emissions; increase energy conservation or efficiency; reduce or divert organic waste; or assist with climate change adaptation and technology innovation.
“This is about involving and empowering the community to pursue efforts that can reduce Kingston’s GHG emissions and stimulate the local economy. Donors will have the option to target their funds to a particular project they want to support,” says Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of the City’s Climate Leadership Division. With the help of an involved community, the City is pursuing plans to make Kingston carbon neutral by 2040.
Have a climate action project that could benefit from funding? See the project eligibility criteria and apply. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 7.
The City is pleased to provide this fund in partnership with the Kingston Community Credit Union, which will collect donations at their four branches and match them up to a maximum of $5,000. Donations will also be received through CanadaHelps and the TD Bank.
“We are all about supporting the Kingston community and are delighted to be participating in this effort that will support climate action and contribute to the city’s sustainability,” says Jon Dessau, CEO of Kingston Community Credit Union.
Successful applicants will have their projects featured on the City’s website and donors will be able to review them and target their donations to their chosen projects. To be eligible for the grant funds, projects:
- Must be implemented in Kingston within a year of receiving the grant.
- Projects must be tangible and have direct and measurable GHG emission reductions once the project is fully complete.
The Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum will evaluate the projects before presenting them to Council later in 2020. Fundraising to support the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund projects will run from December 2020 through March 2021, and funds will be disbursed to the various projects in the spring.
Demonstrating leadership on climate action is one of Council’s strategic priorities.
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