WWF-Canada & Loblaw create a 600K School Grants Program

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Through the generous support of Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw), WWF-Canada announced the first of its $100,000 awards to elementary and secondary schools across Canada to engage students in green initiatives. This first installment of WWF’s Green CommUnity School Grants Program, which will award grants totaling $600,000 to Canadian elementary and secondary schools over the next three years.

“From solar heating and wind energy, to butterfly gardens and cycle repair shops, these students have many of the answers to the environmental challenges we face,” said Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. “We’re proud to support these students in their quest to become greener citizens and help build sustainable communities.”

The grants, made possible through a corporate donation and partial proceeds from Loblaw’s national plastic shopping bag reduction program, were awarded to schools working on environmental projects that help reduce their community’s impact on the environment, increase understanding of environmental issues and solutions, stimulate environmental leadership, and inspire students and their communities to take action.

“The Loblaw national plastic shopping bag reduction program has helped to divert more then 1.3 billion plastic shopping bags from landfill and we hope it has showed Canadians how making simple changes to their everyday behaviour can have a positive impact on the environment,” said Bob Chant, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Loblaw Companies Limited.  “Through Loblaw’s support of initiatives such as WWF-Canada’s Green CommUnity School Grants Program we believe we can continue to help Canadians of all ages find ways to take on the challenges facing our environment.”

Any private, public, or independent Canadian elementary or secondary school that is working on a green initiative is eligible to apply for grants up to $5000. Applications undergo a blind review by a panel of experts. Find out more at www.wwf.ca/greencommunitygrants. There is still $500,000 to be awarded! Applications for the next round of granting start this fall.