Eligibility Guidelines

School Eligibility Guidelines

Schools must be K-12 schools located in Canada and must receive majority of their operational funding from public sources to be eligible to participate. This includes Catholic (and other faith-based) schools and independent schools so long as they receive the majority of their operational funding through the public system. First Nations schools funded by the federal government through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada are also eligible.

Teacher Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Copernicus Outdoor Ed Fund and to post a project on MyClassNeeds.ca, a teacher must be:

  • A qualified K-12 educator
  • A full-time employee (or equivalent) in an eligible school within Canada (Note: teachers in permanent jobshare positions would be eligible, but not teachers in temporary/supply/short-term positions)
  • Primarily assigned to directly serve students

Project Eligibility Requirements

  • Projects from all disciplines/subjects (e.g. Art, Science, Phys Ed, English, etc.) will be considered as long as they have a clear outdoor environmental education component. Some examples of projects that might be eligible are: a field trip to a nature preserve or conservation area, a plan to build a greenhouse on the school property, a proposal to start a school garden, school composting kits, etc. . 
  • A project must clearly identify a potential benefit to student learning
  • The project must adhere to Provincial/Board/School fundraising policies
  • Classroom project requests must be submitted by the individual educator who will carry on the project
  • Projects cannot request cash/cash equivalents or perishable items (including food)
  • Projects are limited to a maximum of $1,000 (before shipping, taxes, and fees)
  • The project cannot be contingent on any additional resources not already committed and confirmed (e.g. if the project request is for sensor and probe kits, and the funds raised through My Class Needs are meant to cover portion of the kits, all the other resources required to realize the project, such as a computer to analyze sensor data must be already committed)
  • Teachers can post one (1) project at a time
  • For more information on rules, consult the Program Rules and FAQs

Ineligible Suppliers

There are certain types of suppliers we are not able to order from:

  • Non-Canadian suppliers (due to currency conversions, duties and shipping delays)
  • Canadian Suppliers with incompatible ordering/shipping processes (e.g. suppliers who don't ship to 3rd parties)
  • Amazon suppliers which are not eligible for Amazon Prime (i.e. suppliers whose fulfillment is not done by Amazon)

Wherever possible we suggest a suitable alternative during the application process

Eligible Resources

Examples of items eligible for funding:

  • 'Live' science (chicken incubators, salmon hatcheries, butterfly larvae, see-through planters)
  • Science equipment (microscopes, body & cell models, sensors and probes, etc.)
  • Field Trips with a focus on outdoor, environmental education (Transportation provider, entrance fees, etc.)
  • Books and print materials
  • Gardening Equipment, Art Supplies, etc.

The list of eligible items is NOT exhaustive.

NOTE: Please consult your board policies on fundraising and purchasing to ensure your request complies with established practices.

Ineligible Resources

 Following items are not eligible for funding under the Copernicus Outdoor Ed Fund:

  • Furniture (e.g. plain tables, chairs, cabinets)
  • Manipulatives
  • Personal Technology (e.g. computers, laptoops, tablets)
  • Appliances
  • A/V equipment (e.g. projectors, document cameras, screens, TV's, sound systems, interactive white boards)
  • Building equipment (e.g. bulbs, fans, heaters, air conditioners)
  • Any materials that cannot be shipped by the vendor (e.g. construction materials such as brick, lumber,...)
  • Items that are not eligible for Amazon Prime (i.e. items not fulfilled by Amazon.ca)