Programs for Residents

Live Green Toronto Grants

The Live Green Toronto Community Grant program is now complete. In December 2015, we concluded our final grant round. Over the past 8 years we provided partial funding support to 168 community-led projects that benefited Toronto's natural environment, reduced greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions, and helped our city adapt to a changing climate.

Our Grant Projects

Congratulations to The Laneway Project and the Dallington Pollinators Community Garden for earning the designation as the 2015 RBC Blue Water Award. Thanks to a generous partnership with RBC, additional grant funding was allocated to beneficial water projects. The RBC Blue Water Project is dedicated to protecting the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water.

Heydon Park Secondary School 

May 18, 2017. Live Green Toronto was pleased to attend the grand opening of the Heydon Park school garden. Over 40 raised beds and 50 planting buckets have transformed an under used asphalt surface into a food producing garden. The garden serves as an educational and employment opportunity for the students. This project was made possible with the support of FoodShare. 

Equinox Holistic Alternative School

December 9, 2016. Live Green Toronto proudly invested $25,000 at the Equinox Holistic Alternative School. The school is home to Canada's first outdoor kindergarten program. With our support, this parent led initiative was able to create a new outdoor education space. The project included many naturalization benefits including permeable pathways, trees and shrubs.

Queen Victoria PS Terrace Garden

October 13, 2016. With financial support from Live Green Toronto, Queen Victoria Public School created a new 20' x 80' terrace garden and educational learning space. The garden was planted by students and included a variety of crops such as strawberries, carrots, lettuce, herbs, peppers, and many more. The harvested food was prepared in the school's kitchen and provided in the student's lunches.   

Holy Family Catholic School

June 22, 2016. With the support of Live Green grant funds the amazing parents, teachers and students at Holy Family Catholic Schools to began a transformation of their school yard. The once barren asphalt yard now includes six new trees, outdoor education spaces, seating and raised planter beds.

Morse Street Public School

May 20, 2016. With seed funding from Live Green, the Morse Street PS Parent Council was able to secure funds to restore and revitalize the school's outdoor space. Morse Street School is located in a highly urbanized neighbourhood that faces heavy demands for its limited greenspaces. Upgrades included: creation of an outdoor classroom, raised vegetable garden planters, shrub and tree plants, a pollinator learning garden and removal of 30+ metres of asphalt.

The Laneway Project - The Laneway Demonstration Project

May 18, 2016. With support from Live Green Toronto and RBC, a pilot project will test the viability of laneway punctures -- strategic incisions along the centre of paved laneways. The laneway cuts will be filled with porous materials and hardy plant materials. The project hopes to demostrate the potential of laneway cuts to enhance biodiversity, increase ground permeability and divert water from the City's stormwater system.

The Friends of Roxton Road Parks - WaterHarvest: Rain Garden Prototype

April 30, 2016. Live Green Toronto had the pleasure to attend the grand opening of the new rain garden in Fred Hamilton Park. This grant project involved the retrofit of a park building to capture rainwater and then store it in an underground cistern. The rainwater can be retrieved using child-friendly hand pump and then used to water trees, shrubs and other plantings. Visit the Friends of Roxton Road Park webpage to learn more.

Churchill Heights PS - Greening School Grounds

April 22, 2016. The Churchill Heights Greening School Grounds Committee successfully applied to Live Green for funding support to help bring natural elements to its school yard, namely the kindergarten playspace that was an asphalt yard located adjacent the school's parking lot. With help from our grant, the committee created an outdoor classroom, developed new curriculum, removed asphalt and made naturalization enhancements including 11 trees and shrub planting.

Don Mills Collegiate Institute - Farm to Table Program

October 1, 2015. Live Green Toronto is extremely pleased to support the creation of a small scale urban farm at the TDSB's Don Mills Collegiate Institute (DMCI). The farm includes raised bed planter boxes, signage, outdoor eating area and new classroom space. This innovative and inspiring garden was designed and built by DMCI students under the leadership of teacher Daniel Kunanec. Since July, the garden has been harvested twice a week and includes spinach, herbs, peppers, soy beans, kales and much more!  Produce is shared between the 200+ student volunteers and is being used by a Toronto restaurant. The next phase of the project is creation of an outdoor kitchen. 

Fairfield Park Rejuvenation - West Kingsway Ratepayers’ Association (WKRA)

September 26, 2015. Live Green was proud to attend the official opening of the new and improved Fairfield Park in Ward 5. The rejuvenation and preservation of Fairfield Park was a long-term endeavour by the WKRA. Live Green was pleased to fund 72 trees, 130 shrubs, perennial grasses and bike racks. The official opening was attended by Councillor Justin Di Ciano, Peter Milczyn, MPP, and City of Toronto`s Partnership Development Unit of Parks, Forestry & Recreation. 

Kindergarten Green Space at Givens/Shaw Jr. PS

September 10, 2015. This school yard revitalization removed almost 1400 sq/ft of asphalt to create a new natural oasis that includes a diverse selection of native trees, vegetable planting troughs and a mulch hill. The project began with surveys asking students how to improve the school yard. Their feedback helped create this amazing landscape, designed by Gail Bornstein, TDSB/Evergreen Design Consultant and built by the TDSB. The project was led by the Givens/Shaw PS School Council and jointly funded by Live Green Toronto, TDSB and the School Council.

Givens Shaw PS Kindergarten Green Space project

Queensland Park Revitalization – Friends of Queensland Park

August 26, 2015. This park revitalization was spearheaded by the Friends of Queensland Park, a small group of local residents committed to creating a safe, attractive multi-use space at Queensland Park. Queensland Park is the only park between Islington and Kipling, south of Bloor Street. The project included the re-grading of the park, planting new trees and shrubs, and replacement of existing play structures. Live Green Toronto awarded grant funds for 69 trees, native shrubs, perennial grasses & native flowers and bike parking. Other key project partners included the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and the City of Toronto`s Partnership Development Unit of Parks, Forestry & Recreation. 

Queensland Park new trees and playground

'Growing Together' community garden

July 21, 2015. Live Green Toronto was pleased to celebrate the successful completion of a new community garden at 2667 & 2677 Kipling Avenue. The garden was planned and created by local community members and offers a welcoming space to grow flowers and vegetables. This grant project was made possible by Big on Green and supported by the Community MicroSkills Development Centre, Etobicoke Master Gardeners and Home Depot (Rexdale). 

planters boxes

Climate Change Village at James Culnan Catholic School

June 9, 2015. Live Green Toronto was pleased to join Councillor Sarah Doucette at the grand opening of the new kindergarten play yard at James Culnan Catholic School. Live Green funding helped transform a barren asphalt space into a multifaceted yard that now includes an outdoor classroom, new trees, raised garden beds, soil stations and innovative teepee learning space.

project team standing under teepee

MacGregor Park Art Club

April 18, 2015. The MacGregor Park Teaching Gardens project will create an edible plant teaching garden in MacGregor Park (Ward 18) that includes: local food gardens replacing unused sod areas, raised planter boxes for accessability, compost bins, a garden shed, woven willow edging, educational signage and community programming. The MacGregor Park Teaching Garden was the winning recipient of our 2014 Chipotle Edible Garden project. 

volunteers building macgregor park garden

Black Creek Community Farm

April 30, 2015. The Black Creek Community Farm is Toronto's first full-scale urban farm. Located on an eight-acre site in the Jane and Finch community. The farm offers agricultural programs such as workshops, hands-on training and student eduction. Live Green Toronto was pleased to provide seed funding to help the project launch in 2013. Our funds were used for farm infrastructure including: composting facilities, greenhouses, rain catchment and irrigation systems.

inside black creek farm greenhouse

Official opening of the Sky-o-Swale

August 20, 2014. Live Green Toronto was pleased to join the MLSE Foundation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Toronto Community Foundation and many more at the official launch of the Sky-o-Swale and multisport court at the East Scarborough Storefront. The Sky-o-Swale is a unique rain water harvesting system that uses rainwater filtered through a green roof to irrigate the Storefront garden. The project was co-created by local youth and architect mentors from archiTEXT in the Kingston-Galloway-Orton (KGO) Park neighbourhood, and funded in part through a 2011 grant provided by Live Green Toronto.

 sky-o-swale water capture system

Sorauren Park Town Square

July 7, 2014. After years of hard work, the new Sorauren Park Town Square is now officially open. With the funding support of Live Green Toronto, the Wabash Building Society (WBS) converted a derelict industrial space into a new vibrant square and community green space. Specific elements that Live Green helped create include: porous pavement, new trees and expansive planting beds. Councillor Gord Perks was on hand to thank the Wabash Building Society for its efforts in creating a multi-purpose space, and noted “This is a space that the city and the neighbourhood built together.”

tree and shrub planting

Franklin's Pollination Station

July 4, 2014. The Franklin Pollination Station was officially opened by Mark Cullen in the Franklin's Children's Garden located in Toronto Island Park. The station is a new garden that will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Live Green Toronto was pleased to support the Friends of Toronto Island with a $25,000 grant to create the garden which will serve as an amazing educational opportunity for thousands of visitors.

pollinator garden with sign

Eastdale Collegiate Institute - Rooftop Garden 

October 18, 2013

Live Green Toronto was extremely pleased to support Foodshare Toronto and the Toronto District School Board with an $80,000 grant to transform a 16,000 square foot school rooftop into one of Canada's largest and most innovative urban agriculture and food education spaces. The rooftop garden has over 400 mobile garden beds and vertical planters growing fruits, vegetables and herbs. The space has also successfully created new student employment and year-round educational opportunities.

roof-top garden planters

Bringing Back Nature to William Burgess Elementary School

Spring 2013. Bringing back nature to William Burgess Elementary School will restore and revitalize the school grounds and add desperately needed greenspace in this East York neighbourhood. The project includes: teaching gardens, outdoor classrooms, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and a native arboretum made up of several “mini-forests” throughout the grounds. Learn more.

asphalt removal and tree planting