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Manitoba Grants for Education for Sustainable Development 2020

The Grants | Priority Areas | Eligibility | Selection Criteria |
Application Process | Planning Support

For Kindergarten to Grade 12 educators who are interested in preparing students to live sustainably on the planet.

The ESD grants can assist your students to become informed and responsible decision makers and provide them with opportunities to play active roles as Canadian citizens and contribute to social, environment, and economic well-being now and in the future.

The Grants

Manitoba Education is continuing to offer Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Grants to promote sustainability in classrooms. Manitoba Education wants to support schools in which educators work together to plan and teach ESD. The grants will provide up to $2000 to cover expenses, such as teacher release time, professional development, and teaching/learning resources for sustainability education. Manitoba Education staff will also provide grant recipients with planning support.

The objectives of the grant are to:

  1. Support schools in their efforts to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, values, and life practices that contribute to a sustainable future.
  2. Contribute to effective practices in education for sustainable development.
  3. Provide students with opportunities to make decisions and take action.
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Priority Areas

Education for Sustainable Development involves learning about social, environmental, and economic factors in relation to quality of life. Priority areas (or sustainability topics) in each of these three dimensions are identified in the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

Sustainable Development Priority Areas
Human rights
Peace and human security
Gender equality
Cultural diversity and intercultural understanding
Community and culture
Equity and rights
Natural resources:
  • water
  • energy
  • agriculture
  • biodiversity and habitat conservation
  • fish
  • forests
  • air
Climate change
Rural transformation
Sustainable urbanization
Disaster prevention and mitigation
Poverty reduction
Corporate responsibility and accountability
Market economy
Energy efficiency and conservation
Consumption and waste management
Economic performance
Agricultural viability

Topics selected for development should clearly link to one of these priority areas. Each topic must be examined from the sustainable development viewpoint, which incorporates social, environment, and economic factors.

For information about the priority areas and their connections to Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 12 learning outcomes, please see the Education for Sustainable Development website.

Teaching / learning should be:

  • Interdisciplinary: where learning for sustainable development is embedded in the whole curriculum and is not a separate subject.
  • Value-driven: where the shared values and principles underpinning sustainable development are made explicit, so that they may be examined, debated, tested and applied.
  • Applicable: where the learning experiences offered are integrated in day-to-day personal life.
  • Locally relevant: where local issues are addressed, allowing students to make connections with their community.

Teaching and learning should also address:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving: where students develop their confidence in addressing challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.
  • Multi-method: where students use text, art, drama, debate, experiential learning, and a variety of strategies to explore sustainability.
  • Participatory decision making: where students participate in decisions on what they learn and how they learn it.
  • Team Work/ Collaboration: educators and students learn and work together to acquire knowledge, skills, values and life practices in their school and community that contribute to a sustainable present and future.
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Kindergarten to Grade 12 provincially funded schools in Manitoba are eligible to apply. Applications from urban, rural and northern public schools are encouraged.

Projects will be selected and up to $2000 will be awarded to the school. The implementation must be completed by the 2020-2021 school year

Please note:

  • Only one application per school.
  • Dishwashers, dishes, water bottle filling stations, iPads, Chromebooks and tree planting projects are not eligible. Schools wishing to pursue tree planting projects should submit an application to the Manitoba Hydro-Forest Enhancement Program. For information visit the Manitoba Hydro website.
  • Schools who received the ESD grant in 2018 or 2019 are not eligible to apply for 2020.
  • Grant will not support wages, honoraria, or salary.
  • Projects that involve gardening must address summer maintenance.
  • School projects only, no divisional projects.
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Selection Criteria

The ESD planning and development must:

  • Address a topic from a sustainable development viewpoint, incorporating social, environmental, and economic perspectives and connected to Manitoba curriculum.
  • Involve students in collaborative goal setting, and planning.
  • Be interdisciplinary in nature, ideally involving two or more educators with different areas of expertise, who work together to plan the sustainability action project.
  • Have a local connection, involving students with their community.
  • Involve students in analyzing issues and making decisions leading to actions aimed at achieving a sustainable future.
  • project must have a plan for evaluation.
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Application Process

Deadline for applications is February 28, 2020.

Manitoba Education staff will review applications. Successful applicants will be informed in April 2020.

Application Form (Word Icon 19 KB)

Mail or email applications to:

Education for Sustainable Development Grants
Manitoba Education
Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment Branch
1567 Dublin Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3E 3J5

Assistance in completing your application may be obtained by calling Michelene Reiniger:

Telephone: 204-945-7899
Toll-Free: 1-800-282-8069, extension 7899

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Planning Support

Manitoba Education will provide planning support to grant recipients by addressing topics such as:

  • interdisciplinary planning
  • ESD resources
  • ways to engage students/involve students in decision making

Note: A summary report will be required by May 31, 2021.

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Activity Reports


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