Mountain Equipment Co-op Community Contributions


The Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Community Grants program supports the community of active outdoor enthusiasts through grants of up to $20,000.

Organizations must demonstrate their commitment to at least one, and preferably both, of the following areas:

  1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.
  2. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship

MEC conducts two grant cycles annually:

  • Spring deadline is March 10. Applicants are notified mid-May
  • Fall deadline is September 10. Applicants are notified mid-November

Special Requirements

Eligible organizations:

  • Registered charity or not-for-profit organization or association
  • Registered Canadian amateur athletic association
  • Registered association or club affiliated with a registered university
  • First Nations band registered as a qualified donee

The Community Contributions program does not support:

  • Governmental organizations, including organizations that receive core funding from the government
  • In-classroom curriculum programs (excludes after-school programs, clubs, or third-party programs)
  • Individuals (with the exception of Expedition Support)
  • Illegal activities
  • Projects outside of Canada
  • Projects that focus primarily on fundraising for medical causes
  • Event sponsorship (to inquire about event sponsorship, email
  • Playground structures
  • Gardening or agricultural activities

Last updated: October 26, 2017