LACF Annual Grants Program

2023 Grants Application Information

The deadline for 2023 will be announced in the summer. 

Philosophical Framework     

Landscape architecture as a profession strives to balance human use and enjoyment of land with the conservation and health of the environment. The primary goal of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF) is to support the fundamental ideals expressed through the profession of landscape architecture.

These ideals include but are not limited to:

  • conserving and managing environmental resources; 
  • promoting sustainable development;
  • accommodating the needs of humans in the environment; and
  • enhancing and improving aesthetic quality in the landscape. 

“Professionalism depends on a body of knowledge about what ought to be. This is not just to do with the market; this is not knowledge in the academic sense.  This is about the application of moral obligation in the context of action. Future-seeking knowledge is what the professional bodies of medicine, law and architecture (landscape architecture) are really all about.” Francis Duffey, 1996 in Mitchell, “New Thinking in Design”

Grant Objectives 

Over the past thirty years, LACF has funded a wide range of projects including historic research, oral histories, professional education programs, design research, habitat design guidelines, environmental education and awareness programs, and design communication projects. Projects funded are outlined here.

“Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.“
Herbert Simon, 1969 in “The Science of Design: Creating the Artificial”

Grant Focus: Design, Speculate, Postulate, Question, Research, Theorize. Explore

Grant applicants should push beyond the boundaries of everyday practice. The LACF Grants Jury is open to submissions exploring new design theories, speculations about new landscape interventions, questioning the current norms of practice, and arguing for new areas of research and professional development, as well as submissions seeking to expand the traditional areas of landscape research.

Proposed research may be in the form of designs, articles, papers, and essays. In all instances the successful proponents are encouraged to promote the wide dissemination of their design-research results in the larger public realm as well as within the profession.

The jury recognizes that the sums awarded by the Foundation may be “seed money” to instigate further design-research investigation. Preference will be given to submissions that look beyond the immediate requirements and propose results which advance the profession. Members of the profession are encouraged to take this opportunity to push the boundaries of inquiry, take some risks, and to enjoy the beginnings of a longer-term journey!

“The next ten years maybe the most challenging, creative and hopefully, rewarding decade in the history 
of our profession.”  Colleen Mercer Clarke, Landscapes/Paysages Vol.21, No 1

Every year LACF receives applications on a surprising range of topics and three bursaries are available to fund specific topic areas. Find out more about the Northern Research Bursary, Gunter A. Schoch Bursary and Donald Graham Bursary on our website.

Special Project Grants funding is also available from the LACF for projects that are outside the scope of the Annual Grants Program. Find out more about the Special Project Grants funding on our website.

2023 Funding

LACF plans to award at least $45,000 in Grants and Bursaries in 2023:

Grants valued up to $10,000 are available to CSLA professionals, educators, PhD candidates and others seeking to explore or question an issue or particular interest they believe to be crucial to the profession or to the landscape.

Two grants of $2,500 each are offered to graduate and undergraduate students pursuing their thesis or final project for work whose study focus is in keeping with the mandate of the Foundation.

Large or on-going projects may be projects may be funded subsequent years, but application must be made annually.


November 18, 2022  Grant applications due
January 2023  Announcement of recipients and release of 50% of funds.
Winter/Spring 2023  Announcement of award winners in CSLA Bulletin.
December 15, 2023  Final product submitted and final funds released.


LACF grant applications will be accepted from landscape architects, students, educators and others. Members of the LACF Board of Directors, the Grants Committee and Grants Jury and their immediate relatives are not eligible for grants.  

Project Eligibility

The following request are ineligible for support:

  • Capital expenses not directly related to project
  • Sponsorships
  • Travel un-related to the project

Promotion and Communication of Projects

As a condition of award, all recipients are strongly encouraged to publish, present or appropriately communicate the results of their work to CSLA members, the public and other audiences. 

Grant recipients, upon completion of the project must:

  • Allow LACF to use the end-product for purposes of promotion and visibility of LACF and to distribute results of funded projects upon requests from others.  
  • Provide a summary of the final project upon suitable for posting to the website. 
  • Suitably acknowledge LACF as project sponsors.

Optional Virtual Presentation: LACF will give Grant Recipients, upon completion of the project, the opportunity to present their findings at a virtual event in the fall of the year of completion.  Researchers will present an approximate five-minute synopsis of their research results.  The audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions.  Though this is not a requirement, we strongly urge researchers to avail themselves of this occasion to make their research better known, and potentially open doors to future collaborations.

Adjudication Criteria 

See Application Form for required submission information. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
Members of the LACF Grants Jury will evaluate the submissions based on the following criteria:

  1. Team: prime applicant and study team demonstrates ability required to execute the project successfully
  2. Topic/Relevance: project topic is clearly defined, original and pushes beyond the limits of everyday practice, reflecting the values of the profession including the core principles of the Canadian Landscape Charter, and advances EDIA
  3. Approach & Methods: are clearly defined and appropriateness and expected effectiveness of the research (or communication, depending upon the nature of the project) strategies or methodologies are clearly set out
  4. Feasibility: of successfully completing the program of research, and appropriateness of the schedule of research, given the applicant's and/or research team's resources and commitments
  5. Budget (not required for student applications): provides a clear breakdown of the project costs, hourly labour rates and anticipated funding sources.
  6. Communication: suitability and expected effectiveness of plans to communicate research results both within and, as appropriate, beyond the professional community.  A plan for appropriate and visible recognition of LACF grant is given
  7. Supported: letters of support from arms-length and authoritative sources endorse the project; written commitment from funding partners
  8. LACF Profile Enhancement: clear articulation of LACF recognition
  9. Proposal: complete, succinct, well organized, and clearly stated

The decisions of the Jury are final and the Jury reserves the right not to make any grant awards.

Property Rights

All documents submitted are the property of the LACF and will not be returned. The LACF assumes no responsibility towards participants for the loss, disappearance, or destruction of documents in their application, or for documents submitted late.

Grants Portfolio

To learn more, visit our Grants Portfolio featuring projects supported by the Foundation in the current year.  You can also scroll through our Portfolio Archives Collection that profiles over 150 initiatives (grants, bursaries and special projects) funded since the Foundation was established.


Donors and sponsors who contribute to the LACF Annual General Fund provide critical financial support for LACF grant and bursary programs as well as for special project funding. LACF is grateful to supporters who share in our vision of universally rich, resilient and sustainable landscapes for the betterment of humankind. 

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