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Go Wild with WWF-Canada

Are you interested in helping build and lead a project that will help restore nature at your school? Since 2017, more than 55 Go Wild Grant projects have connected students and their campus community to nature, fostering an appreciation that lasts a lifetime.

The application period for the 2023-2024 academic year is closed and recipients have been selected. Meet this year’s Go Wild Grant recipients below and stay tuned for our next call for proposals in fall of 2024.

Proposal Guidelines

Go Wild Grants support post-secondary institutions across Canada to implement projects that aim to protect or restore natural habitat while engaging communities on and around campus.

Previous grantees have created native pollinator gardens and seed orchards, restored creeks and forests, monitored local wildlife, conducted biodiversity inventories, raised awareness about conservation issues, and more!

We prioritize ideas that help your campus community to:

  • Learn and discover the local ecosystem, its history, biodiversity, how it works and what it needs
  • Take action for nature by creating, restoring or protecting habitat with native plants and trees
  • Connect with your communities to create a lasting impact

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September 7, 2023

Application period opens

October 31, 2023

Application period closes

December 2023

Successful applicants notified

January 2024

Projects begin!

Meet our grantees

Champlain College

Champlain College – St-Lambert, Québec, Community Garden Extension

Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sustaining Native Pollinator Habitats and Expanding Biodiversity

John Abbott College

John Abbott College – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, First People’s Garden: A Land Based Learning Project

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University – Victoria, British Columbia, RRU’s Healthy Planet Club

University of Guelph

University of Guelph – Guelph, Ontario, Blackwood Hall Greenspace Activation

University of Guelph

University of Guelph – Guelph, Ontario, Pull & Plant Event Series

University of Toronto

University of Toronto – Toronto, Ontario, Welcoming the Three Sisters

Vanier College

Vanier College – Montréal, Québec, Out with Invasive Plants on Campus!

York University

York University – Toronto, Ontario, Gekinoomaadijig

York University

York University – Toronto, Ontario, Maintaining the Native Plant Garden and Increasing Pollinator Habitat and Awareness in the Maloca Community Gardens

Why get involved?

You can make a positive impact for the environment and your community while building skill sets and experiences for your resume with Go Wild Grants.

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 and budgets. You will become more skilled at strategic and critical thinking, time management, problem-solving, leadership and teamwork.

Local and national recognition

Go Wild Grant recipients and their projects will be recognized on WWF-Canada’s national website which can be linked to your online resume and LinkedIn profile.

Contribute to environmental and social responsibility

Your project will help nature thrive and create a sense of community. 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.