How Ivey Foundation Makes Grants

The Economy and Environment Program is the primary focus of Ivey Foundation and the only program open to funding proposals. The Foundation will only review grant proposals invited by staff. We reach out directly to Canadian organizations focused on economy and environment initiatives willing to work collaboratively on pragmatic solutions that support the Foundation’s mission. We appreciate your respect for this process and the limited capacity we have to respond to unsolicited inquiries.

If you have been invited by the Foundation staff to submit a proposal, please note the following:

  • The Foundation does not accept hard copies of proposals. All proposals must be submitted through our web portal. Access is granted through an invitation to make a proposal.
  • The Foundation only grants to Canadian registered charitable organizations.


Economy and Enivronment Program

Ivey Foundation's Economy and Environment Program supports innovative organizations in their work to develop a low carbon economy in Canada. The Foundation is looking to a net-zero future and focusing on pathways to support this transition.
Ivey Foundation's Economy and Environment Program prioritizes projects and initiatives that:
  • Accelerate progress on one or more of the five priority pathways to net-zero, including increasing energy efficiency, mass electrification and grid integration, decarbonizing and doubling electricity supply, initiating targeted transition efforts in specific sectors, and carbon capture and storage and carbon removal technologies.
  • Are oriented towards efforts that strategically integrate research and knowledge mobilization collaboration, convening and a strong emphasis on communications.
  • Strengthen, integrate and promote collaboration across the ecosystem of leading net-zero organizations in Canada with a priority focus on core Foundation partners.
  • Promote the adoption of economy-wide policies, standards and systems in order to secure the public and private sector action and investment necessary to support the net-zero transition in Canada.
  • Enhance public engagement with targeted initiatives that help build a broad-based, inclusive national consensus for the adoption of net-zero policies and programs.
  • To learn more about the Economy and Environment Program, please download our Strategic Framework.


Foundation Initiated Grants


Every year, a select number of grants are made to projects deemed to have strategic value by Foundation senior staff (Strategic Opportunity grants) or to be of significant importance to Foundation Directors (Director-initiated grants). Applications are not accepted for Foundation-Initiated Grants.

Grant Inquiries and Information:

For more information on our Granting process,
please contact our Grant Manager Kelsey Envik using the form below