Research and investigation
Research is essential for evidence-based decision-making and creating spaces and systems that respond to environmental and human needs. LAF
An invitation to research
Each fall (generally in mid-September), LACF sends out a call for proposals to the LA community and beyond, inviting individuals or groups to submit funding requests for projects that explore a specific dimension of the profession of landscape architecture. LACF invests in research initiatives that are aligned with the mission and vision of the Foundation and that adhere to the principles of the CSLA Canadian Landscape Charter.
Over the years, LACF has invested in a wide range of research and communication projects that promote and advance the values of the profession of Landscape Architecture including the development of habitat design guidelines, historical research and documentation, oral histories, videos, professional education programs, design research, conference proceedings, publications and more. The LACF Annual Grant Policy and Application Procedure, updated annually in September, provides full details about how to submit a proposal.
LACF has fostered and supported innovative Canadian research and ideas for more than 30 years and maintains a Grants Portfolio Archives profiling the 150+ projects funded since the program began. Our Annual Grants Portfolio page showcases the award-winning projects funded in the current year.
Grants up to $10,000 are available to AAPC/CSLA professionals, educators or others seeking to explore or question an issue, or particular interest they believe to be crucial to the profession or to the landscape. In addition, a minimum of two grants of $2,000 each are offered to graduate students pursuing their thesis or final project for work whose study focus is in keeping with the mandate of the Foundation. The overall budget of the grants program is approximately $ 25,000 annually however this amount can vary from one year to the next and applicants may apply for funding in subsequent years.
Bursary funds support directed research
Bursaries for directed research are also managed through the grant adjudication process and provide additional funding for submissions that meet the specific criteria established for these financial awards.
Read More > LACF-FAPC Bursaries
A dedicated jury
All annual grant submissions are adjudicated and awarded by a National Jury composed of six individuals from public, and private practice with academic credentials representing the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie, British Columbia regions and Canada’s north. With an increasing number of submissions every year, the task for our volunteer jurors has become increasingly challenging and exciting.
Read More > Meet the jury
General timeline, policy and procedure
Grants are awarded on an annual basis and follow a general timeline. Projects may span longer periods however, for the most part, they are completed within one year. Applicants can re-apply for funding in the following year.
- Fall (September) / Announcement of Annual Grants Program
- November (mid) / Grant applications due _ Jury convenes
- January (mid) / Announcement of recipients and release of 50% of funds
- Winter / Spring / Award winners announced in LACF and CSLA news and bulletins
- December (end) / Finished product submitted; final funds released; updates to the archive
Applicants are invited to consult the LACF Annual Grant Policy and Application Procedure for complete information about the grants program including the philosophy, submission and eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and specific timelines.
Read More > Grant Policy and Application Procedure
For further information about this program or to submit a proposal: Contact: Faye Langmaid, LACF Grants Committee Program Chair > firstname.lastname@example.org
Donors and sponsors who contribute to the LACF Annual General Fund provide critical financial support for our grant and bursary programs as well as for special project funding. LACF is grateful to research supporters who share in our vision of universally rich, resilient and sustainable landscapes for the betterment of humankind.