Environmental Trust Fund
The Environmental Trust Fund provides assistance for action-oriented projects with tangible, measurable results, aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the Province's natural environment.
Community groups, NB municipalities, First Nations, non-profit NB organizations, and institutions furthering sustainability may apply to the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF).
Proposals must be eligible under at least one of the following six categories to be considered for funding: protection, restoration, sustainable development, conservation, education, or beautification. Additional information can be found on the ETF Project Eligibility and Criteria page.
Department staff will analyze applications to ensure they meet program criteria. During this initial assessment, applicants may be contacted for further information or clarification. The ETF Advisory Board then reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Minister. Once projects are approved, the Minister will announce the ETF awards. The successful projects will also be posted on the Department of Environment and Local Government website.
ETF grants can be used to reimburse actual costs up to, but not exceeding, the approved amount for eligible project related expenses. Letters of Offer sent to successful applicants provide information about eligible expenses, reimbursement, time frames and other program criteria. Once signed by both parties, this document constitutes a contractual agreement between the successful proponent and the department.
Awards are for expenses incurred within the fiscal year (April 1 - March 31) in which they are announced.
The application period is typically open from November 1-30 each year.