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.
2. Nature Festival Seed Fund
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:
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.