Ocean Week Canada Community Event Grant

Mini-grants… big splash!


Identified as a priority in the Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy, the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) launched its Ocean Literacy Community Grants program in 2023. Under this program, to date, there have been 3 types of grants awarded, including the Ocean Week Canada Community Events Grant, the Blue Creators Grant, and the Blue Schools Canada Experiential Learning Grant. 

In 2023, COLC awarded 28 grants totalling $60,000 to community groups across the country to support a wide range of Ocean Week Canada events. This year, COLC is proud to announce the launch of the next wave of Ocean Week Canada Community Events Grants (up to $2,500 each) for events taking place June 1-9, 2024 (or the lead up to). The deadline to submit your application is Friday, February 2, 2024.




About the OWC Grants

We want to help you connect people with the ocean and the waterways leading to it! As part of this, COLC is supporting events and activities that will take place in communities across Canada during Ocean Week Canada 2024 (June 1-9).

Do you have an idea for an exciting event or activity, but need a bit of funding support to help make it happen? Or maybe you already have some of the funding you need for your event, but now you want to engage even more people. If either of these sound like you, we encourage you to apply.

Applications will be accepted from January 8th to February 2nd, 2024 (closing at 5pm EST), and applicants will find out if they’ve been successful by early March.

Please note, grants are for events/activities taking place in communities in Canada, for audiences in Canada.




The application has 24 questions and should take under one hour to complete.

For more information about the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition, please visit colcoalition.ca.

For questions about the grants program or assistance with this form, please email us admin@colcoalition.ca.


We recognize that supporting and amplifying community-led ocean-water literacy events and initiatives is essential to empowering more people in Canada to better understand, value, and care for the ocean and the waterways leading to it. We also recognize that there is no one-size fits all approach to doing this work. Ocean-water literacy needs to be advanced in meaningful, place-based ways. In turn, the objective of this Community Grants program is to provide more accessible and streamlined funding opportunities for community-driven ocean literacy initiatives that are regionally, culturally, and linguistically relevant.