Ottawa Sustainability Fund
The Ottawa Sustainability Fund supports local environmental projects to advance community environmental action, with a vision of making Ottawa a more sustainable city. Since its inception in 2006, the fund has contributed over $100,000 in grants to Ottawa-based community projects and organizations.
The OSFund is made possible by a team of committed volunteers and community donors, and is supported by EnviroCentre and the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
Donate to the Ottawa Sustainability Fund
The OSFund welcomes individual, family, and corporate donations to continue the fund’s important work. Donors can have confidence that their donations will support vetted projects with a high impact in their community.
Thanks to the support of Community Foundation of Ottawa and EnviroCentre, OSFund gives 100% of donations directly to local environmental projects.
To make a donation, visit the Community Foundation of Ottawa website and search “Ottawa Sustainability Fund.” Charitable tax receipts will be issued for any donations over $20.
In May 2015, a grant of $9,920 was made to the Healthbridge Foundation of Canada for its Bike Host Program for a project that addresses both the environmental and social dimensions of sustainability.
The Bike Host Program is designed to improve equity among underserved immigrant populations by improving their access to mobility. This will assist newcomers by improving:
- their job prospects;
- their quality of life:
- many newcomers are unable to purchase a vehicle, which constrains their ability to participate in day-to-day life.
Participants will be provided support and skills development to empower them to work with government to make the changes they need in their community to cycle, walk and use transit.
This project replicates a Toronto program, which created a 300% increase in cycling among participants. The program matches established immigrants with new immigrants who are adjusting to living in Canada. The mentors and mentees will participate in cycling activities together, including route planning, safe cycling classes, bicycle maintenance and cycling outings. In addition, some participants will complete community audits in their neighbourhood to identify barriers to cycling and transit.