Meet Our Newest Grant-Giving Program: Unsmoke Canada Cleanups

by The Great Outdoors Fund

The Great Outdoors Fund is excited to announce we’ve partnered with our friends at Unsmoke Canada to establish a new grant-giving program called the Unsmoke Canada Cleanups.

The Unsmoke Canada Cleanups program was created to provide groups with funding opportunities that support litter cleanup projects across Canada. The goal is to help everyone work together to clean up Canada’s great outdoors.

The program has successfully funded a variety of Canadian organizations in the past few months. In total, a whopping $50,000 in funding has been distributed to 17 different groups. With these grants, the groups will organize litter cleanup projects that will take place locally across Canada in 2020.

Litter is an issue of concern in society. It impacts diverse locations—from streets and city parks to beaches and oceans. Cigarette butts are among the most frequently littered items and the Unsmoke Canada Cleanups program will help raise awareness on littering in Canada with a specific emphasis on cigarette butt waste.

Changing the habit of littering requires action across three areas:

  1. Awareness
  2. Disposal infrastructure
  3. Social enforcement

Unsmoke Canada is ready to work with authorities, anti-littering organizations and other relative stakeholders to achieve the greatest impact.

So why this partnership and program? 

Lori McCullough, our Founder and CEO said it best, “Litter is a tremendous, yet solvable problem in the world. Given that cigarette butts are one of the most littered items on the planet, our partnership is natural. Together, we are providing support to clubs and organizations that are truly part of the solution.”

While we’ve had to make some adjustments due to COVID-19, nothing can stop those who love the great outdoors from lending a helping hand.

Some of our cleanups are already underway and we’ll be posting regular updates as we work our way across Canada, so be sure to follow along with our progress on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To learn more about this program or other partnership opportunities, please contact info@thegreatoutdoorsfund.org, and don’t forget to check out our current list of projects that need funding and help us #GiveBackToNature!

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