1. Better Organizations for Nature 

Learning Opportunities, Project Fund, Community of Practice

Engagement Organizing provides promise as a means of building on people’s sense of wonder with nature, to act on it and take leadership to bring about change.  We can learn to engage our supporters and enhance our capacity and in so doing become robust organizations less dependent on foundations or government to meet our missions.

The Gosling Foundation is pleased to partner with the Sustainability Network and leading practitioners in engagement organizing from across Canada in the development and implementation of these tools.  This initiative is consistent with the work of the Foundation’s founder Philip Gosling C.M., who engaged and led communities along the Niagara Escarpment to put the Bruce Trail on the ground in the early 1960s.

See Project Information and Application Procedures


2. Nature Festival Seed Fund
The Nature Festival Seed Fund supports the initiation of festivals and similar events that feature nature awareness and appreciation by bringing attention to the ecological features of a community (a particular species, landform or ecosystem). The seed fund offers one-time grants of up to $2500 through a simple application process with quick turnaround times.  The scope of the fund is Canada-wide.  Examples of events supported through this fund include the Creston Valley Bird Fest.

The fund is intended to support events that feature the following:
• initiation of new festivals (in their first three years) bringing attention to a special local natural amenity
• include program components that will involve people new to nature awareness and appreciation
• a multi-day event that is intended to be offered in subsequent years
• involves a collaborative partnership of organizations, one of which has charitable status
• develops other sources of support for long-term sustainability
• a strong volunteer component

Application Process
Contact the Foundation's project co-ordinator by email to indicate interest.   An application can then be forwarded for completion.


3. Support for Secondary School Integrated Programs

This exceptional model for organizing secondary school learning allows students to take 2 to 4 credits combined around a theme, commonly the environment.  Students stay together with their teacher for the semester and explore local issues in depth.  Four credit programs need no school bells and have no need to stay tied to the classroom.  Learning goes into the community and the impact on the learner and community is significant. For more information about this model of learning visit http://www.integratedprograms.ca/

The Gosling Foundation supports integrated programs with an environmental theme in the following ways:

New Program Startup –Funding up to $5000 for programs in their first three years or undergoing expansion.  Apply by February 1 for the following school year.

Commissioned Learning Projects –Students investigate an environmental issue to find out what is of importance and then communicate what they learn back to their community.  Past examples include researching and explaining the biodiversity crisis, Massasauga rattlesnake ecology and exploring and then communicating the value of the Bruce Trail.  Both student learning and the community benefit from this applied learning approach.  Funding of up to $1500 per project is available.

These grants are made to the programs to support their operation and not to individuals.  A charitable tax receipt is required.

For further information or to apply please contact the Foundation’s Project Consultant. 


4. Unsolicited Proposals

The Gosling Foundation will consider and occasionally approve unsolicited proposals that are innovative, strategic in nature and have the potential to significantly impact areas of interest such as protection of lands of ecological value and environmental education with an emphasis on nature awareness, appreciation and protection.  One page proposals can be directed to the Foundation’s Project Consultant.  Please include:

  • how the proposal fits within the mandate of the Foundation (environmental education relevant to nature appreciation and awareness and/or protecting land of ecological significance)
  • innovative and/or strategic elements
  • resources being sought
  • consistency with the Foundation's guiding principles
  • Registered Charitable Tax number or that of your partnering organization

Electronic copies of your last annual report are also beneficial.

Proposals can be submitted at any time and are considered at least quarterly: January 1, April 1, July1 and October 1.