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IMG_0575Once a year,  REAL offers  $250 REAL Action Grants to deserving community groups, so they can take on a local, hands-on environmental project of their own.   REAL first offered the grants in 2014 in honour of its 25th anniversary year.  Three grants were awarded in 2017 thanks to a donation from the Pilkington Henniger Charitable Trust Foundation.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 grants, with a March 19, 2018 application deadline.  Projects are to be completed by August 31, 2018.



What is it?

The Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) Action Grant awards $250 to three qualifying groups. The goal of the grant is to encourage local community groups to start a project that will benefit the local environment.


Who is Eligible?

 Eligible groups include schools, libraries, churches, community centres, daycare centres, youth clubs or groups, community organizations or neighbourhood associations within the counties of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville and the Town of Smiths Falls. 

How to Apply?

 To apply, please submit the your application to [email protected] by midnight on March 19th, 2018.

Application Criteria

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  • Group Name
  • Purpose of the Group
  • Contact Person (full name, email, physical address, phone number)
  • Secondary Contact Person (full name, email, physical address, phone number)
  • One project member must be 18 years or older
  • Working Name for Your Project
  • A Project Proposal (about 500 words)

Project Proposal Criteria

Ideal project proposals will:

  • Address an environmental issue
  • Address who will benefit from the completed project and how
  • Explain the importance of the project to the group
  • Include a budget explaining how the funds will be used
  • Explain how your group will contribute to the project (i.e. volunteer hours, gifts in kind, etc.,)
  • Provide a project timeline

 Important Dates

February 5, 2018                     Applications Open
March 19, 2018                         Applications Due
March 31, 2018                       Winners contacted by selection committee
April 22, 2018                          Winners publicly announced
August 31, 2018                      Projects must be completed
September 30, 2018               Project reports due

What’s Next?

REAL will acknowledge your application within one week by email. Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.

 IMG_0883Examples of Projects

  • Reduce energy use, water use or solid waste
  • Install a bike rack
  • Plant trees in a community space
  • Develop a community garden
  • Build a rainwater garden
  • Improve a vacant lot
  • Install garbage or recycling receptacles
  • Purchase resource materials:  films, books, magazines for a library
  • Put on a workshop
  • Show an environmental film.

Past Winners

thank you2017 Winners

Food for Thought Program, SFDCI  for a hinged-lid composter and other garden supplies.
Youth Connections Program, RNJ Youth Services   for a greenhouse on site of Bethel Christian Reformed Church and garden supplies.
Grade 10 Applied Science Class, SFDCI for support of their Outdoor Education and Mock Climate Change Summit field trip.


2015 Winners

The Drummond Central School Parent Council for rain barrels and tools for their Pumpkin Patch Project.  
SFDCI Food Program and Special Needs Class for raised garlic beds in their community  garden.
The Lanark Highlands Youth Centre for a freezer to preserve produce grown in their community garden. 
YAK Youth Services,  for tshirts and a moving dolly to support their Green Volunteer Program.

The SFDCI Environmental Club for a water bottle filling station.
Community Support Services Perth for an in-house recycling program .
SADV Women’s Monument Committee for a tree  planted  in Perth to honour women who have been victims of violence.
Carleton Place High School Enviro Project towards their winter field camp where  students will study climate change.