Passports to Nature Festivals
Recruiting supporters and generating income for nature organizations through events
The “Passports to Nature” festival model generates income and attracts new supporters, expanding the capacity of organizations. Typically, this approach involves the following:
•    Hosting a series of free events throughout the year that are open to the general public
•    Generating revenue from sponsors/local businesses who advertise in a program booklet (a “passport”) that prospective participants receive
•    Recruiting new supporters by collecting contact information from event participants
Events can be presented by a number of local organizations, and the Gosling Foundation encourages collaborative proposals. At least one organization must have charitable status.
Funding available
Up to $2,500
Proposals can be submitted at any time and are considered at least quarterly: January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1. Note that most Passports to Nature festivals begin in the spring of each year.
How to apply
Email the Foundation’s executive director,, for more information and to request the Nature Festival funding application.
The Gosling Foundation facilitates a “Passports to Nature in Canada” Community of Practice that includes the following events and organizations:
•    Nature Matters, Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory
•    Passport to Nature, Couchiching Conservancy
•    Pelee Buzz, Pelee Island Heritage Centre
•    Two Rivers Festival, Wellington Water Watchers
•    Passport to Nature, Thames Talbot Land Trust
•    Explore the Outdoors, Long Point Basin Land Trust
•    Passport to Nature, rare charitable reserve
•    Passport to Nature, Nature Trust of New Brunswick
•    Passport to Nature, Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
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