Climate Challenge Fund supports Island innovation
A new provincial fund will support creativity and community-led solutions to address climate change.
A $3-million commitment being delivered over the next three years, the Climate Challenge Fund will provide up to $100,000 to support projects that either reduce greenhouse gas emissions or help communities and the economy adapt to a changing climate.
“With Island ingenuity and hard work, we can step up to the climate challenge. We know there are many things we can do. This fund will help accelerate the best innovative solutions from our Island community – students, experts, organizations and businesses. Community-based, and ultimately community-led, efforts will make a real difference for our province as we look to meet our climate change targets.”
- Premier Dennis King
The Province of Prince Edward Island is committed to meeting its climate change commitments by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the challenges of a warming climate, more extreme weather and rising sea levels.
“When it comes to climate change, Islanders are prepared to do their part. As the province works together in the new normal, these funds will support a green recovery, homegrown response and a more inclusive and socially just response to climate change,” said Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change Natalie Jameson. “The importance of climate change came across loud and clear when we met with the Child and Youth table this fall and we will be putting projects that benefit our youth as a priority.”
The fund will accept applications from Island businesses, municipalities, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, organizations representing culturally diverse communities, service providing agencies, services for diverse groups, organizations and groups, and not-for-profit organizations doing projects in Prince Edward Island. The fund aims to support projects that align with the Climate Change Action Plan 2018-23 or the PEI Climate Change Adaptation Recommendations Report (UPEI, 2017). Specifically, the fund will support projects that:
- help adapt to projected impacts of climate change;
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- increase opportunities for carbon sequestration;
- support public outreach and education; and
- expand research and knowledge.
Applications submitted by November 30, 2020 will be considered in the first round of approvals for 2020-21 funding, but applications can be submitted anytime on an ongoing basis.
Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change