Grants News

Meeting the carbon challenge

Jan 11, 2022

A $2,500 grant from District 46 Muskoka in 2021 aims to increase awareness of and participation in the Community Carbon Challenge by individuals and households.

The challenge was developed by Climate Action Muskoka. Its purpose is to show how Muskoka residents can make changes to personally address the climate change crisis. The new funding will support efforts to increase the number of people and families altering their personal behaviour to reduce emissions.

The District 46 funding is part of RTOERO’s annual Community Grants program. Districts apply for individual projects (education-related or other community initiatives) that support local programs. Up to $2,500 per project is available.

“Individual and household actions can add up to have a major collective impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Joanne Garvey, President, District 46 Muskoka. “We want to encourage people to develop personal action plans.”

Each year, a committee of RTOERO members assesses the merits of each Community Grant submission. For 2021, RTOERO funded 31 projects for a total of $79,885. Since the inception of the Community Grants program 21 years ago, RTOERO has donated $1.85 million to more than 525 programs and projects.