The Conserver Society of Hamilton and District Inc. (the “Conserver Society”) was established in 1983 by individuals wanting to improve the quality of life of our community. The Conserver Society’s activities include education and outreach on:

  • conserving energy and other resources;
  • sustainability and biological diversity;
  • reduction of toxic chemicals in air, land, and water;
  • participation in neighbourhood decision making; and
  • aid for others in achieving goals sympathetic with those of the Conserver Society.

ED SMEE FUND HISTORY

Ed Smee, the founding Chair of the Conserver Society, led by example through his personal life work on environmental issues. He is credited by his friends at the Conserver Society with helping to create the first action plan for Hamilton Harbour/Burlington Bay.

The Conserver Society’s first Environmental Trust Fund was initiated in 1986, chaired by Ed Smee, to support environmental projects. In 1999, it was re-named the Ed Smee Conserver Society Environmental Fund in Mr. Smee’s honour when it was transferred to the management of the Hamilton Community Foundation in 1999.

The Conserver Society is proud to be able to help others continue the work of citizens like Ed Smee in our community.

DONATIONS

Donations can be made to this fund to honour Mr. Smee’s outstanding contribution to our community and to support the continuing work of the Conserver Society.

The Hamilton Community Foundation issues receipts for income tax purposes for all charitable donations received. Please contact the Hamilton Community Foundation if you would like to support the Ed Smee fund.

ED SMEE FUND MANDATE

The Ed Smee Fund is a “donor advised fund”, that is managed by the Hamilton Community Foundation (the “Foundation”).

The Conserver Society is the advisor and recommends recipients of funding to the Foundation based on submissions.

The Conserver Society accepts applications from community groups for small projects focused on education, research, or advocacy aimed at protecting the natural environment in Hamilton and Burlington.

We encourage initiatives that meet the following criteria:

  • supports education, research & advocacy aimed at the protection of the natural environment;
  • is located in Hamilton and/or Burlington;
  • has a defined timeframe;
  • has the potential to effect change;
  • is innovative;
  • is a concern of a definable community; and
  • is receiving, or applying for, funding from other sources (if appropriate).

FUNDING PROCESS

Please note that funding cycles are once every two years (2011, 2013, 2015, etc). The next funding cycle is 2017/2018. Receiving letters of interest in Fall 2017. Funding for letter of interest received in early 2018.

Email notice-of-interest July 1st to August 30th
Committee review of emails September 1st to 30th
Invite to submit application September 1st to 30th
Submit applications Deadline: October 31st
Application review November 1st to November 30th
Application selection December 1st
Notification from the Ed Smee Committee to the Hamilton Community Foundation of successful applicant(s) December 1st
Notification to successful applicant(s) December 15th
Award funding January 1st

BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

Send an email briefly describing your project to ascertain its eligibility for a grant (maximum 350 words).

Send email notices-of-interest to contact@conserversociety.ca. Please include your name, email, and phone number in the email body.

Requests of up to $4,500 will be considered for 2018.

APPLICATION PROCESS

If your email notice-of-interest is approved, the Ed Smee Conserver Society Fund Committee (the “Committee”) will send you an application form to complete and submit. Send completed applications to contact@conserversociety.ca.

The Committee will acknowledge receipt of, and review all submitted applications. The Committee may request additional information, send a representative to make a site visit, or invite the applicant to address the Committee.

The Committee makes selections based on the criteria listed above and awards funding to successful applicants on January 1st of the following year that the application was received.

Notification in writing as to the decision of the Committee will be provided to the Hamilton Community Foundation Board of Directors at the conclusion of the review period.

Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application and will be required to enter into an agreement with the Foundation, which sets out the terms of the award. Follow-up reporting is expected at times designated in the agreement.

PLEASE NOTE

Grants are awarded in varying amounts, as recommended by the Conserver Society of Hamilton and District Inc., and ratified by the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. The amount granted per funding cycle is based on available funds and the potential value of the proposed initiative to the community.

Applications must be submitted by a Registered Canadian Charity. Organizations that are themselves not a registered charity must be in partnership with one that is. Initiatives supported must be carried out within the cities of Hamilton and/or Burlington.

Grants are not made to reduce operating or capital deficits; to support ongoing operating costs; to individuals; to religious organizations unless the community-at-large will benefit significantly; to annual, general or capital fundraising campaigns; to promote political, religious, moral or ethical philosophies or for purposes that may be deemed discriminatory.

We look forward to receiving your information—best of luck!

QUESTIONS?

Questions can be sent to contact@conserversociety.ca.

Read more about Ed Smee on the Conserver Society website.

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