Go Wild School Grants

Are you interested in going wild with WWF-Canada on your campus? Do you want to build a sustainability team and help nature thrive at your school? The application period for 2019-2020 school year is now open, and applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. EST Monday November 4, 2019 (new extended deadline). 

As a student, club, staff, or faculty member, you can apply for the opportunity to bring your idea to life with a Go Wild School Grant of up to $500. If you are awarded a grant, you will have the opportunity to plan, build and execute your project plan, expand your networks by collaborating with different campus stakeholders and be recognized on our national website.

We will be looking for ideas that:

Protect or restore: Activities directly related to restoring, rehabilitating or recovering natural ecosystems and habitats on campus or in your local community.

Practice or monitor: Proposals directly related to introducing new hands-on or digital practices that reflect the value of nature in the campus community or develop new practices related to the impact of climate change.

Connect or collaborate: Activities or events that foster new relationships on campus and explore new perspectives that advance the practice of sustainability. For example, between student clubs, faculties or departments.

Find inspiration from past grantees here

What you can do

You’re invited to share your best ideas for getting your school community more involved in helping nature thrive. Whether you’re an individual of majority age, ratified student club, association, or a member of faculty or campus staff, we want to hear from you!

Important Dates:

September 9, 2019
Application period opens

November 4, 2019
Application deadline 5 p.m. EST (new extended deadline)

December 2, 2019
Recipients notified

January 6 to April 30 & May 4 to August 31, 2020
Implementation of winter and spring projects

Go Wild brings project ideas to life

Why get involved?

Whether you are interested in making a positive impact for the environment or your community, meeting like-minded individuals, building skillsets and experiences for your resume – or all of the above – the practice of developing a project idea and plan with others and applying for a grant can help you reach these goals.

Leadership and teamwork

Canadians are looking for opportunities to take action and to make an impact. Go Wild Grantees can help provide opportunities for others to participate in their projects or events. While helping to educate others, you will also develop leadership and team management skills.

Build your resume

Gain experiences for your resume including project management, grant writing, creating proposals, implementation plans, and budgets. You will become more skilled at strategic and critical thinking, time management, problem-solving, leadership, teamwork and building partnerships.

Local and national recognition

Go Wild School Grant recipients and their projects will be recognized on WWF-Canada's national website which can be linked to your online resumes. Recipients can gain recognition locally through outreach to their campus newspapers, marketing and communications departments, and even local community papers and media.

Contribute to environmental and social responsibility

Not only will your project help nature thrive, your project will help create a sense of community. Projects also have the potential to provide support and development of your fellow students. Creating volunteer opportunities with your project could help fellow students develop professional skills or find relief from the stresses and pressures of school, contributing to improved mental health.

Living Planet Leader

Helping to lead a Go Wild project demonstrates Leadership and Teamwork. If your grant application was an exercise tied to one of your courses, or it is an idea tied to introducing a new concept to your academic program, don’t forget to track your activity in the Application of Sustainability in Academics.

Your Impact