The Nature Festival Seed Fund

The Nature Festival Seed Fund is intended to bring attention of a local natural amenity (species, landform, ecosystem, seasonal event) to the community.   Our theory of change includes the view that local communities must be aware and appreciative of what they have in their midst if they are to take actions to protect them.

The seed fund offers one time support of up to $2500 through a simple grant process to help get things started.

The model we recommend includes:

-support for new initiatives (in first three years) bringing attention to a special local natural amenity
-a multi-day event that is intended to carry on in subsequent years
-a collaborative initiative of more than one organization with at least one having charitable status
-a strong volunteer component

Application process

Expressions of interest can be made at any time.  Request the Nature Festival Seed Fund application.

Previously supported festivals include:

Creston Valley Bird Fest, British Columbia
Five Days for the Forest -New Brunswick
Nature Matters, Prince Edward County Ontario
Pelee Island Buzz, Ontario
Tree Fest Ottawa, Ontario
Two Rivers Festival, Guelph, Ontario
Wild About Saskatoon -Saskatchewan
Wild About Vancouver. British Columbia
Wild Wings Nature and Arts Festival -British Columbia

Passports to Nature In Canada: enhancing organizational capacity

We have experienced the evolution of nature festivals to this model that generates income and brings new supporters.

Passports to Nature in Canada involve:
  • a series of events over several months to a year that are open to the general public
  • most events are free of charge and can be presented by a number of local organizations
  • a lead organization co-ordinates the program booklet (passport) and secures advertising which generates revenue 
  • contact information is collected from those who participate in the events and is a means of recruiting new supporters to step up for greater engagement.

The Gosling Foundation supports a collaboration of organizations utilizing this model.  Contact the Foundation’s project consultant for further information on how to use the passport model in your community.

Examples of some active passport project include:

Nature Matters, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory

Passport to Nature, Couchiching  Conservancy

The Pelee Buzz, Pelee Island Heritage Centre

Two Rivers Festival, Wellington Water Watchers