In the Community
Since 1999, HIEA has provided financial support to initiatives that enhance and protect our local environment. Organizations interested in receiving funding are encouraged to submit applications before September 30th each year to ensure consideration. Application forms can be found here and Criteria for Funding here. Our contribution level varies according to the need, our opportunity to make a difference, and our budget. The budget is established annually and approved by the Board of Directors.
Bay Area Restoration Council
The Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and their Yellow Fish Road program have been a long-time recipient of HIEA funding, going back to 2007! This premier water education program helps Hamilton’s youth to protect its watershed and merges hands-on learning with civic action. Painting yellow fish symbols on the road next to a storm drain, this program reminds Canadians of the negative impacts of runoff pollution through storm drains.
For more information about BARC and the work it does check them out at HamiltonHarbour.ca.
Green Angels Program
The Royal Botanical Gardens Green Angels Program provide the helping hands that guide disadvantaged, special needs, and new Canadian children to a special place where they can let their imagination grow in a safe environment – and fall in love with nature.
HIEA’s donations since 2014 have made it possible for thousands of Hamilton-area children and youth as well as their teachers and caregivers to attend outdoor school, camp, and other environmental education programs, free of charge.
To learn more about the Green Angels program check their website at rbg.ca/subsidy.
The McQuesten Urban Farm, located on an unused parcel of City-owned land, is a partnership between the City, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (our charitable partner), and the McQuesten Community Planning Team. This project is part of the Neighbourhood Action Plan as a key action to promote greater food security for residents and to improve the overall parks and green space within the neighbourhood.
Since 2017 HIEA has provided $40,000 towards native plantings on site which has gone a long way towards improving the overall ecological function of the site as well as providing significant aesthetic improvements for the community.
Visit mcquestenurbanfarm.ca to learn more about this project.
Hamilton Conservation Foundation
The Hamilton Conservation Foundation has traditionally directed funds to support the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) enabling it to run its Outdoor Environmental Education Program and allow additional needs-based funding for transportation subsidies. The donations raised through the Foundation for outdoor educational programs in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (DVCA) are vital to keeping the program alive and help to augment fees paid by school boards and ensure the program is accessible to all students.
Please visit their website to learn more about the different aspects of this program :
Since 2008, HIEA has supported the City of Hamilton - Water and Wastewater Division, Public Works, and the Children's Water Festival. This three-day event offers 30 activities geared to water conservation, water science and technology, water awareness, and water protection. It brings 2,400 Grade 4 students, 200 secondary students, and 100 volunteers together to enjoy hands-on educational activities that support the Ontario Curriculum including the 2007 Ontario Science and Technology curriculum. Completing activities through hands-on activities ensures that students learn to respect water and the environment while having fun.
This festival went digital in 2021 and 2022 when students and teachers signed up to receive a digital activity package based on regular Water Festival activities. HIEA created a new package based on Industrial Wastewater Treatment. For more information about this project visit: www.hamilton.ca/childrenswaterfestival
Sponsorship Eligibility for Funding
Deadlines: New applications will be considered each year. To ensure consideration, submissions should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th; funding decisions will be released by January 31st. Applications received after the September 30th deadline may be considered at HIEA’s discretion.
Because HIEA receives funding requests far in excess of what we are able to support, we must often decline even very worthy causes. This does not reflect in any way on the value of the organization involved, but rather is a result of the volume of requests for support and limitations on our resources. There are a number of limitations, which generally govern our contributions and restrict or prohibit our support.
For instance, HIEA does not support:
• Organizations not registered as charitable institutions with Revenue Canada
• Trips, tours, and associated costs
• Form letter requests
• Religious organizations and groups which are denominational or sectarian in purpose such as churches, missionary groups, etc. (unless resources can be used by the entire community on a non-sectarian basis such as for a camp or community center)
• Organizations that discriminate
• Service clubs and other organizations that channel funds to agencies, except for the United Way
• Organizations seeking operating funds but which are already receiving support as an agency of the United Way
• Multi-year funding for operations
• Concurrent or consecutive capital funding to an organization for any purpose
• Organizations operating for profit
• Government agencies
• Private Schools•Endowment Funds
• Organizations whose purposes or methods of operation pose a potential conflict of interest for the organization
• Loans or investments
• Grants to cover operating deficits
• Social functions, banquets, benefits, and testimonials including sponsorships
• Golf tournaments
Past Community Support and Special Projects
BARC - Adopt a creek
BARC - Towards Safe Harbours
BARC - Virtual Community Forum
BARC Stream of Dreams
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School
Waterfront Trust - Fishing Derby
Environmentalist of the Year
Rotary Environmental Conference
Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair
Hamilton Naturalist Club
Trees for Hamilton
Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington
Green Venture/Conserver Society
Bird Studies Canada
Green Venture/Corr Research