Have ideas on how you can help the freshwater and nature around us?

Greening Sacred Spaces, in partnership with Watersheds Canada, has launched a program designed to help faith communities connected to bodies of water with their freshwater & nature stewardship needs!

This program aims to encourage and promote better care of shorelines, waterways, and natural spaces by providing Ottawa communities (& surrounding areas) with support and resources for environmental projects.

Applications are currently OPEN for a second round of applications. Applicants will be contacted this month.

If your community has any ideas or is interested in organizing an environmental initiative, contact us today!

This two-year program will provide a total of six Ottawa and surrounding area faith communities with tools such as an information toolkit and a microgrant program opportunity (up to $500) in order to implement a variety of possible water-based or nature-based initiatives in 2023.

Initiatives such as, but not limited to: community gardens, youth programs, educational poster campaigns, shoreline cleanups, Indigenous water walks, rain gardens, water celebration events, shoreline restorations, heat pump retrofits, and many more!

Consult the following infographic below for more ideas!

Download this infographic to always have environmental project ideas handy!

Other key features of the program:

  • Along with the toolkit and grant, additional support will be provided depending on the needs of the faith community and its project (ex: in-person support, connections to expertise and services, promotion, physical materials, etc.)
  • Expert guidance from Watersheds Canada and your local Conservation Authority
  • An interactive, online story mapping project will be put together at the end of the program to illustrate all the initiatives completed. This will act as inspiration for future projects and will showcase the actions achieved to promote water education and sustainability.

Contact Charlie Scromeda, Program Coordinator, GSS at greeningsacredspacesottawa@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

This program is possible thanks to generous funding from the Ottawa Community Foundation and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.