Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

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The City of Toronto established Toronto Atmospheric Fund in 1991 to focus on reducing local greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. Working with a $23 million endowment from the sale of the long-closed Langstaff Jail Farm, TAF operates as an arms-length agency at no cost to the City. TAF helps the City achieve the targets set out in the Council-approved climate plan and supports energy cost savings through energy efficiency. TAF-supported projects such as a streetlighting retrofit, traffic light LED conversion, and building retrofits have generated $55 million in savings for the city to date.

TAF deploys three programs — Incubating Climate Solutions, Mobilizing Financial Capital, and Mobilizing Social Capital — to address Toronto’s major emissions sources: buildings and transportation. Based on a careful study of Toronto’s emissions profile, TAF has a strong interest in energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, electric vehicles for fleets, efficient transportation of goods, natural gas alternatives like geothermal, and social innovation to support emission reduction strategies.

TAF focuses on those projects that will, directly or indirectly, make a significant contribution to improving local air quality and/or result in significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the City of Toronto.

TAF’s grants program goals:

  1. To catalyze action on the highest impact, most cost-effective opportunities for greenhouse gas emissions and/or air pollution reductions in Toronto.
  2. To use TAF’s grants, loans and investments to leverage additional funding for greenhouse gas emissions and/or air pollution reduction initiatives.
  3. To transfer the knowledge developed by grant recipients to key decision-makers and stakeholders.

All grant proposals are assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Direct relevance to TAF’s mandate and current priority interests
  • Clear, measurable and realistic objectives
  • Quantifiable emission reduction opportunities, including direct and potential reductions that help Toronto achieve its emission reduction targets
  • Potential to leverage additional financial support and investment
  • Clear and reasonable budget
  • Sound plans for measuring results and communicating outcomes
  • Ability to implement the project with excellence
  • Well-developed and realistic strategies to grow and sustain the proposed activities
  • Engagement with key partners and stakeholders
Critical Dates:

April 11, 2012: Internal Deadline for completed application.  Please submit the following to Mike Folinas,

  • An RIS Application Form, signed by your Chair and/or Dean (as your unit’s policies determine) is required before your application can be approved by Research Services.
  • Completed application (PDF)

April 13, 2012: Sponsor Deadline
Note: the next competition will be in the fall (October)

First Step: 

Please consult with TAF staff  in advance of submitting an application.  Please contact Ben Marans, Manager Grants & Special projects  (416-393-6367 or to discuss your project’s eligibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Information

Alexander Quinn
Research Funding Manager | (416) 978-1614

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