Receive a grant to help make Markham greener

Have an idea to make your neighbourhood more sustainable? You could receive a grant of up to $500 to help bring it to life.

The Sustainable Neighbourhood Small Grant program is now accepting applications for sustainability projects within the City of Markham. The new grant is funded by the Markham Environmental Sustainability Fund Program and is designed to support and empower residents to undertake their own initiatives – whether in their homes and gardens, on the road, at work and/or in the community.

The city offers a few suggestions, such as developing a neighbourhood carpooling challenge, offering a bike repair clinic, creating a neighbourhood tool-share hub, organizing free sewing and mending workshops, filming a documentary on single-use plastic reduction and showing it at your school or workplace, and creating a pollinator garden and labelling plants and trees and scheduling guided tours.

The grants are specifically for individuals and small volunteer-based neighbourhood and/or community groups. For-profit organizations and businesses aren’t eligible. The application requires at least two applicants from different households who live in Markham. At least one applicant must be 18 years or older.

A committee of city staff will review and evaluate all applications each funding year and make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team. Projects that receive funding will contribute to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; enhance the health, resilience and sustainability of our ecosystem and natural environment; help attain Markham’s Zero Waste targets; beautify neighbourhoods and communities; and/or conserve and protect the natural environment

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 31. Learn more about the grants and apply at

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