Eligibility and Fund Application

Effective March 1, 2018, the Conservation Fund will no longer accept unsolicited applications on a continuous basis and move to set time windows for accepting unsolicited applications. Complete applications submitted by this date, using the standard Project Overview Application template, will be processed according to the standard service timeline. The next window for unsolicited applications to the fund will be in July 2018.

Applications for projects designed to develop or pilot innovative conservation technologies, practices, research and programs are welcome under the Conservation Fund.

Eligible projects can focus on one of the following categories:

  • Program
  • Tool
  • Training
  • Community of practice
  • Strategic research
  • Emerging technology development
  • Emerging technology demonstration
  • Strategic opportunities

Projects relating to the research, development and demonstration of transmission, distribution, and electricity generation (e.g. solar, wind, waterpower, and fossil fuels) are not eligible for funding, with the exception of waste energy recovery projects.

The Conservation Fund does not provide funding to individuals, including incorporated individuals and sole proprietorships.

All project eligibility criteria are available in the Conservation Fund Application Guideline.

Application Form

Applicants should prepare and complete a Project Overview Application template and submit it to cfundapplications@ieso.ca

An IESO review committee will review applications using the following criteria:

  • Strategic fit
  • Potential impact on program design and/or measures
  • Capacity building
  • Market, program or technical advance
  • Project team and partners
  • Local hydro company involvement
  • Project funding
  • Project outcomes
  • Project design

If the Project Overview Application is accepted, a representative from the Conservation Fund will invite the applicant to submit a full proposal. It can take up to two months for the project proposal to be reviewed, evaluated and revised. 

Email us for more information about the application process or call toll-free 1-877-797-9473.