Ocean Literacy Community Grants 2023

Mini-grants… big splash!


Identified as a priority in Canadian Ocean Literacy Strategy, the Canadian Ocean Literacy Coalition (COLC) is proud to announce the launch of our new Ocean Literacy Community Grants initiative. Unique to 2023, COLC awarded small grants (ranging from $500 to $3,000) to 28 community organizations across the country to support Ocean Week Canada events! 


About the Grant Program

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 2023 (June 2-11).

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.

The total pool of funding for this year is approximately $60,000. Applicants can request as little as $500 and as much as $3000. Applications will be accepted from February 4 to 20, 2023 (closing at 5pm EST), and applicants will find out if they’ve been successful by early March.

Please note, COLC funds events/activities taking place in communities in Canada, for audiences in Canada.


How to Apply

The application period for the Ocean Literacy Community Grants program is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied! 

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.

 Read the press release online here.