The Government of Canada has launched a call for proposals under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Funding Program for 2019-2020 to support and leverage the work of stakeholders furthering Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

“Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is not the sole responsibility of one actor, but a shared responsibility,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development. “Through the SDG Funding Program, by working in partnership with organizations, and supporting stakeholders to accelerate progress on the SDGs, we will deliver improved outcomes for Canadians, with the aim of leaving no one behind.”

Organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding for one-year projects aimed at building awareness, increasing partnerships and networks, and advancing research, are encouraged to apply.

The government is seeking to fund projects that are up to 12 months in duration, and that implement innovative approaches or complement and augment existing activities, in order to achieve two or more of the following objectives in support of the 2030 Agenda:

  • Enhance multi-stakeholder efforts by promoting partnerships and bridging efforts across sectors.
  • Raise awareness and support for the SDGs.
  • Ensure that Canada’s progress on this global effort leaves no one behind, including vulnerable or marginalized groups.
  • Foster and integrate Indigenous and local knowledge into approaches and efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Number 6 of the 17 SDGs set out in 2015 by the United Nations is Clean Water and Sanitation. A session at the Canadian Water Summit on May 30, 2019 will explore where Canada is at with achieving SDG 6 and what is happening internationally that we can learn from. More information is available here.

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