*New Online Application Process*

The Call for Applications is now open

Conservation of Ontario’s rich biodiversity is a shared responsibility. The Greenlands Conservation Partnership program (GCPP) is a plan to conserve ecologically important natural areas and contribute to the government’s climate change objectives. The Province committed in the Fall 2020 budget to partially match private contributions to the Greenlands Conservation Partnership program with the Recipient. The government is committed to strengthening conservation partnerships to preserve more areas of significant ecological importance, protect natural areas and promote the importance of healthy, natural spaces.

The funding cycle represents the secondary round of year 2 of a four-year fund. The current funding cycle has a focus on supporting projects that acquire and manage ecologically sensitive lands. Applications are being accepted in order to consider support for:

  • Land acquisition – fee simple or conservation easement agreement.
  • Associated costs of land acquisition.
  • Restoration and stewardship costs on properties secured through this program, in this or previous rounds.
  •  Outreach events focused on increasing the availability of green spaces and trails for the people of Ontario to enjoy on properties secured through this program.

Organizations may submit up to a maximum of three applications with a total recommended request between $5,000 and $50,000. Each project must be at least $5,000 submitted through its own application. Unless otherwise determined by the External Review Committee, grants to any one applicant will not exceed 34% of total grant available. In the order of $150,000 is available for this round.

Eligible Securement Projects must have a transaction closing date between May 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. Project expenses related to securement must be incurred between January 1, 2021 and February 21, 2022. Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach activities and expenses are only eligible from the property closing date to February 21, 2022.

Eligible Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects must be completed between May 2, 2021 and February 21, 2022, on properties secured through the GCPP. Expenses for Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects are eligible from May 2, 2021 to February 21, 2022.

Completed applications and all documentation are to be submitted electronically via this:

Foundant Technologies grant application portal

Applicants will need to create a user account. The link contains instructions and tutorials on how to create an account and access the Apply dashboard. Applications must be submitted by 9 am on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. There are two application forms in the grant application portal – one for Securement Projects, and one for Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects. Please refer to the information on Project Eligibility outlined in the OLTA GCPP Guidelines for Applications document to determine which application form is required for your Project. You will need to submit multiple attachments with your application directly through Foundant. It is recommended to use reduced file sizes where possible. Please contact the OLTA office if you have any problems or questions.

BEFORE completing the CP application, please thoroughly review the following documents:


Call for Applications is now closed

The Species at Risk Action Fund (SARAF) aims to improve the status of Species at Risk (SAR) and their habitats by supporting species inventories and management planning on ecologically sensitive lands by eligible recipients.

OLTA currently holds funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Species at Risk Stewardship Program. Through this grant, we are able to support small grants to member land trusts in their work to protect and recover SAR on their properties.

The SARAF fund will support SAR inventory projects, property management plan (PMP) costs and/or direct habitat management actions. Eligible projects will be those undertaken since September 1, 2020 OR that will be completed before September 1, 2021.

Funding has been made available through support provided by the Government of Ontario.

Please review the SARAF Guidelines document below for the Spring 2021 funding priorities.

SARAF Application Form 2021
SARAF Guidelines 2021

Submit the completed application to by 2:00 PM on Monday, June 7, 2021. Please feel free to contact the OLTA with any questions.


Call for Applications is Closed

Watch for future calls for applications.

The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program (OLTAP) aims to advance the protection of biodiversity and contribute to the long-term environmental health and sustainability of Ontario by supporting the acquisition and management of ecologically sensitive land by eligible recipients.

The current OLTAP funding cycle has a focus on supporting projects help protect species at risk (SAR). Priority will be given to projects that address Tier 1 – 3 priorities set out by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Applications are being accepted to consider support for:

  • Associated costs of land securement
  • Management planning and/or SAR inventory
  • Direct management actions to improve SAR habitat or mitigate impacts.

BEFORE completing the OLTAP application, please thoroughly review the following documents as there have been changes:

OLTAP Guidelines 2018-19
OLTAP Application Tip Sheet
OLTAP Application Form 2018-19
OLTAP Agreement sample 2018-19

Please direct any inquiries to or call the OLTA office at 416-588-6582.

OLTAP Committee Members 2018/19

  • Jeremy Collins, Ontario Heritage Trust
  • Laura Kucey, Ecological Gifts Program, Environment  & Climate Change Canada
  • Mhairi McFarlane, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Morgan Roblin, OLTA