Not-for-profit and registered charity organizations in Kingston with “green projects” on the horizon (or already in the works) can now apply for funding through the 2023-2024 Kingston Community Climate Action Fund (KCCAF).
Launched in 2020, the KCCAF “helps eligible community organizations become part of city-wide solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the City of Kingston said in a press release on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. Applications for the 2023-2024 cycle of the KCCAF opened on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, according to the City’s KCCAF webpage, which states that the Fund “empowers the community to pursue efforts to reduce [greenhouse gas] emissions and stimulate the economy.”
Applications for funding through the KCCAF will be reviewed by the Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (KEAF) and City staff “to evaluate applications against the eligibility criteria.” Members of KEAF will then make a recommendation to City Council on which projects should move forward for funding and, once approved by Council, a summary overview of the selected projects will be posted online. There, residents are able to support the project of their choice by donating to the KCCAF through Canada Helps, at local Kingston Community Credit Union branches, or through TD Bank, according to the City. (If donors do not designate donated funds for a specific project, their donation will be distributed equally amongst all eligible projects, and may also be used to supplement a grant “in situations where one project did not raise sufficient funds.”)
Funds from the KCCAF will be distributed in the spring of 2024.
Interested organizations can find out more about the application process and eligibility for funding through the City’s KCCAF applicant guide.
“We’re thrilled to continue supporting local charities and not-for-profits in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of the City’s Climate Leadership Division, in a statement.
“Together, we have the power to turn ideas into impactful action that will bring us closer to our goal of carbon neutrality by 2040.”
According to the City of Kingston, during the 2022-2023 fundraising year, more than $57,000 was raised through the community and used to support green initiatives, including the Frontenac Club Day Care’s energy retrofit project, and Sustainable Kingston’s electric vehicle.
“Thanks to the Kingston Community Climate Action Fund and the James Braden Auto Group, we were able to purchase an electric vehicle that will significantly reduce our emissions,” said Geoff Hendry, Chief Operating Officer at Sustainable Kingston. “Our energy advisors will now be able to travel sustainably across the city to carry out home energy audits, embodying our shared commitment to a greener future.”
According to the City’s website, James Braden Auto Group is the “Official EV Partner” of the KCCAF.
For more information or to apply, visit the City of Kingston’s KCCAF webpage.