Funds for 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 landscape architecture. LACF invests in research and communication 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 projects including the development of habitat design guidelines, historical research and documentation, oral histories, videos, professional education programs, design research, conference proceedings, publications and more.
LACF has fostered and supported innovative Canadian research and ideas for more than 30 years. Our website showcases the award-winning projects funded in the current year on the Grants Portfolio page and maintains a Portfolio Archives profiling the over 150 initiatives (grants, bursaries and special projects) funded since the Foundation was established.
The LACF Annual Grant Policy and Application Procedure, updated annually in September, provides full details about how to submit a proposal for funding.
Available Grant funding
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. 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
Bursary awards for directed research are managed through the grants program and adjudication process. They 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
Timeline, policy and procedure
Grants are awarded on an annual basis and follow a general timeline. Projects may span more extended periods however, for the most part, they are completed within one year. Applicants can re-apply for funding in the following year. The general timeline is as follows:
- Fall (September) / Announcement of Annual Grants Program _ Call for proposals
- 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 program including the philosophy, submission and eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and specific timelines.
Read More > Grant Policy and Application Procedure Document
For further information about this program or to submit a proposal contact: Faye Langmaid, LACF Grants Committee Program Chair > email@example.com
Donors and sponsors who contribute to the LACF Annual General Fund provide critical financial support for LACF-FAPC 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.