Some Past Grants


We’re supporting the Going to Bat for Bats project of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. It’s a strong community-based program to collect data on habitats and populations of bats, and monitor the presence of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in western provinces.


We are partnering with the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto to subsidize transportation costs for school groups from priority neighbourhoods. The Aga Khan Museum offers school programs on Islamic culture, architecture, mathematics, history and many more topics.

We contributed to the Independent Living Program at Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth, where young people receive counselling and training in the skills needed to lead self-sufficient and healthy lives.

We are partnering again with The Mount Pinnacle Land Trust in Frelighsburg , Quebec to fund the Biodiversity 2020 project and complete waterfront restoration work in the Pike River Watershed.

There are almost 260 natural science collections in Quebec and Institut québécois de la biodiversité (IQBIO) is working to catalogue these collections. Chawkers helped with the costs of this process, which will produce data on biodiversity, and advice for collection preservation and planning.


Farmstart: to help the McVean Farm run the training program for people wanting to start market garden ventures and be leaders in the next generation of farmers. The participants are new Canadians, young people and those who want second careers in the market gardening sector.

SNAP Québec – Mushuau-nipi: This grant will help SNAP Québec run a camp and leadership program for youth in northern Quebec, to engage them in conservation and community development.

Samara Canada: to answer the strong demand from high school civics teachers, Samara will be producing short pop-up videos on topics like Question Period, How the Government is formed after an election, and How Committees Work.

Soccer Without Boundaries Project: this is a program that creates a positive community for young children and teens from immigrant and refugee families, in Calgary, through affordable soccer camps.

Ecojustice: to support the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Ottawa.


Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative: to participate in land-use planning in key wildlife areas, to ensure a corridor of intact habitat.

Native Earth Performing Arts: to run the Animikiig Training Program for young playwrights, and develop a core of young writers.

Walrus Foundation: to initiate the Editorial Fellowship Program to train young journalists


Everdale Environmental Learning Centre: to build facilities at the farm site in Toronto for youth training in gardening and urban agriculture.

Ontario Nature: to run the youth leadership program and the provincial youth council.

Geordie Productions: to take theatre productions geared to youth and families on tour in Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.


Charlie’s Freewheels: to run the build-a-bike program in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.

Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre: to run orientation workshops for parents of primary school children in Montreal.

Street to Trail: to run hiking and camping  experiences for homeless  individuals.


Soulpepper Theatre: to run the high-school theatre education program

Hospice Toronto: to fund the training programs for youth who are care-givers at home for parents and grandparents in the St. Jamestown neighbourhood of Toronto.


Watercan: to produce educational materials for schools to teach students about global water issues.

Guelph Jazz Festival: to run the annual colloquium on improvisational jazz.

Canada Ski Museum: to research and publish  the history and heritage of skiing in Canada.


Soundstreams Canada: to write and publish an online interactive composing tool for students.

Action Communiterre: to set up and publicize community gardens in Montreal

Children’s Book Bank: to run a childrens’ book resource in Regent Park in Toronto.


environment, education, and non-fiction writing