2017 Grants

The Schad Foundation is not accepting unsolicited grant applications at this time. Thank you for your interest.

Youth Conservation Education

Earth Rangers, Woodbridge, Ontario


Earth Rangers is The Kids’ Conservation Organization dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviours, and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.

With over 190,000 young members representing every province and territory, Earth Rangers is the largest youth conservation organization of its kind in the world. Through their programs, Earth Rangers members learn about the threats facing our natural world and how they can lead conservation and awareness efforts at home.

The Schad Foundation provides support for program development and general operations.

Target One

In 2010, Canada committed to the Aichi Targets established under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. One of these targets is to protect at least 17% of terrestrial areas and inland waters by 2020, however, current protection is only 10.6%. In order to meet the Target One goal, new protected areas equivalent to the size of Saskatchewan (65 million hectares) will need to be secured. Target One is not only the largest conservation opportunity in the world but also represents an unprecedented opportunity to advance conservation while breaking new ground for Indigenous community-led stewardship of their traditional territories.

These grants are designed to support federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments to meet our Target One goals by 2020.

TNC Canada, Toronto, Ontario


To assist in the establishment of Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories.

Wildlands League (CPAWS), Toronto, Ontario


Support for Wildlands League’s work on the Target One National Advisory Panel to develop a set of recommendations on achieving 17% protection by 2020.

Couchiching Conservancy, Orillia, Ontario


To assist with the acquisition, protection and stewardship of a 730 acre tract of wilderness in the Black River Wildlands. This tract features heavily wooded areas, wetlands, and over 4 kilometres of the Black River, one of the last wild rivers in Southern Ontario.

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, Toronto, Ontario


Support for Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s ongoing efforts to improve and strengthen federal and provincial species recovery programs.

Canadian Park and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, Newfoundland


Support for CPAWS’ work to formally establish a protected areas network in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pembina Institute, Edmonton, Alberta


To support Pembina Institute’s involvement in land use planning and protected areas establishment in Alberta.

Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y), Canmore, Alberta


To secure protection for Alberta’s Bighorn Wildland and its headwaters.

Ontario Nature, Toronto, Ontario


Support for Ontario Nature’s work on the revision of the FSC National Standard and for assisting two First Nations’ managed forest licenses in Northern Ontario to become FSC certified in 2017.

Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia


To increase protected areas in Nova Scotia.

Snap Québec (CPAWS Québec), Montreal, Québec


To support Snap Québec’s ongoing legal challenge of the Federal government’s handling of woodland caribou under the Federal Species at Risk Act.


Species Protection

Environmental Defence Canada, Toronto, Ontario


Securing a plastic bottle deposit return program in Ontario, where a portion of generated revenue will be used to restore wetlands and to install buffer strips for nutrient filtering and provision of habitat.

Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast, British Columbia


Support for the establishment of a network of marine protected areas on British Columbia’s central coast.

Ecojustice, Toronto, Ontario


Support for Ecojustice and its partners’ engagement in the regulatory review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the National Energy Board Act, the Fisheries Act, Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Navigation Protection Act.

Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Toronto, Ontario


To assist Nature Conservancy of Canada with their work on the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s Indicators Verification and Scientific Advisory Committees.

Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, Peterborough, Ontario


Support for general operations and the creation of new positions in fundraising and administration.

Toronto Wildlife Centre, Toronto, Ontario


Support for general operations.

Bear with Us, Sprucedale, Ontario


To support care for injured bears and orphaned cubs, delivery of their outreach program and capital improvements.

Cornerstone Standards Council, Woodbridge, Ontario


Development of their certification system that encourages aggregate operators to protect and/or restore significant natural features through rehabilitation, offsetting and through the use of conservation easements.

Wildlife Preservation Canada, Guelph, Ontario


To support their captive yellow banded bumble bee breeding program and the development of captive breeding techniques at their York University Lab.

York University, Toronto, Ontario


Support for Dr. Bridget Stutchbury Lab’s study that examines the effects of forest fragmentation and climate change on Wood Thrush.

Georgian Bay Forever, Toronto, Ontario


In support of their Community Guardian Wetland Invasive Species Removal Program, focused on stopping the spread of invasive phragmites in Georgian Bay.

Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, London, Ontario


Allocated to their Reptiles at Risk Species Recovery Program, that is focused on rescuing and recovering spiny soft shell turtles, snapping turtles, Northern Map turtles, milk snakes, and Eastern fox snakes.

Atlantic Salmon Federation, St. Andrews, New Brunswick


To protect and restore wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Cetus Research and Conservation Society, Victoria, British Columbia


Marine mammal monitoring program in the areas surrounding Vancouver Island.

Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, Toronto, Ontario


To support general operations.


Trustee Initiated

The York School, Toronto, Ontario


Support for The Schad Lab at The York School.

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario,


Scholarships for CCNM students.

Students on Ice, Gatineau, Québec


Bursaries for four students to attend Students on Ice’s Arctic Youth Expeditions.

Canadian Environmental Grantmaker’s Network, Toronto, Ontario


Funds directed to general operations.

Pacific Parklands Foundation, Victoria, British Columbia


Support for their annual EcoBlitz event focused on restoring, enhancing and protecting the region’s plants, waterways and wildlife through the removal of invasive species, the planting of native trees and the removal of litter.

Park People, Toronto, Ontario


Sponsorship of the Salmon Festival in Toronto, featuring guided walks and activities for kids and families to learn about local rivers and the local wild salmon run.

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario


Support for the Global Vets Program, which sends student veterinarians to Southeast Asia, South America and Africa to work with developing communities and animals in these regions.