Home > Greenspace > REAL Action Grants


Once a year,  REAL offers REAL Action Grants to deserving community groups, so they can take on a local, hands-on environmental project of their own.   REAL first offered $250 grants in 2014 in honour of its 25th anniversary year.  Three grants were awarded in 2017 and 2018 thanks to a donation from the Pilkington Henniger Charitable Trust Foundation. 

We are pleased to announce two winners for 2019:

Community Living Lanark County.  The group will be expanding their  “Garden of Peace” at their day program site.  They currently have two raised beds and want to build more to meet the need of their clientele’s interest in gardening. 

Friends of Lanark County.  This three year old organization will be using the funds to encourage people to use native plants in their gardens.  They will be starting with a native plant sale and a flier describing the benefits of native plants.

Note:  Action Grants will not be offered in 2020.



What is it?

The Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) Action Grant awards up to $500 to
selected groups. The goal of the grant is to encourage local community groups to start
or continue 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 application to info@realaction.ca by March 18th, 2019 or
complete the online form here: https://goo.gl/forms/qucEXHzb9ZFTwlM52 .

Application Criteria

dinner Applications must include the following:

  • Group Name
  • Contact Person (full name, email, physical address, phone number)
  • Working Name for Your Project
  • A Project Proposal (about 500 words)

** Please Note: One project member must be 18 years or older

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

**Please Note:  Preference will be given to groups that benefit those locally.

 Important Deadlines

January 7,  2019                     Applications Open
March 18, 2019                       Applications Due
March 29, 2019                       Winners publicly announced
August 31, 2019                      Projects must be completed
September 30, 2019               Project reports due

What’s Next?

Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted.  Thank you for your interest in the REAL Action Grants.

Download a printable version of the above information.

Download a poster for the 2019 REAL Action Grants

Looking for More Ideas or Information?

The following are suggested projects only.

  •  IMG_0883Reduce 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

2018 Winners

Montague Public School Eco Club.  This group, led by Kathleen Lang, will use the money to build a raised garden bed for the seeds they have planted.  They are learning about how food is grown from seed to harvest.

Smiths Falls – Dene community Student Exchange.  The grant will subsidize one SFDCI student to participate in this exchange with a fly-in Dene community in Northern Alberta to examine change, conservation, and active citizenship through environmental education and experiential learning.

Outdoor Education and Climate Change Summit.
  One SFDCI student will be subsidized to attend this overnight field trip, led by teacher Meaghan MacPherson.   The project addresses climate change and gives students an appreciation for their natural environment.

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.