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Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program

Grants to Alberta Environmental Groups for
Projects that Improve Local Watersheds

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Grants to Alberta environmental groups for a wide range of community based projects to improve local watersheds. Projects may involve workshops, public forums, riparian assessments, naturalization activities, and habitat improvement. The grant program provides funding to support collaborative, community-based stewardship efforts consistent with the principles, goals and outcomes of Alberta’s Water for Life strategy.

Projects will be selected on merit relative to how well they meet the following eligibility requirements. Preference will be shown for those projects which clearly identify expected outcomes and demonstrate strong supporting partnerships, community involvement and volunteer/citizen engagement. To be considered for WSG funding, proposed projects must meet the following requirements:

  • The project has clear and measurable outcomes that will lead to one or more of the following:
    • Increased awareness and knowledge of local watershed issues
    • The adoption of practices and actions that benefit a local watershed
    • Improved environmental conditions within a local watershed
  • The proposed project activities also align with and support one or more of the following key priorities identified by Alberta Environment and Parks:
    • Watershed management outcomes identified in approved Regional Plans
    • Source water protection planning and management
    • Biodiversity Management Framework goals
    • Watershed literacy and stewardship education, including the Wetland Policy
    • Climate Leadership Plan actions
    • Citizen science and community monitoring.

Eligible Expenses: Materials and supplies (e.g., office supplies, food for events, machinery and equipment rentals, hall rentals), salaries and wages, contract services, travel, honorariums, and certain capital expenses (e.g., necessary furniture, equipment and other assets) are considered eligible project expenses.

For more information on Eligible Expenses, see the application.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140575

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Land Stewardship Centre has expanded the program so that a broad variety of Alberta-based stewardship groups, which includes naturalist organizations, synergy groups and community associations, are eligible to apply for and receive WSG funding for projects that directly impact or enhance your local watershed.

These groups are locally-oriented, volunteer-based partnerships that actively engage in environmental stewardship of their watershed and take community-level action to safeguard water sources. They set common goals to achieve shared outcomes and they actively engage individuals, organizations, agriculture, industry, municipalities and other forms of local government in their efforts.

Stewardship groups may apply for funding under this program as either an:
- Incorporated Group: The applicant is a legal entity (i.e. a registered society or non-profit organization) whose purpose,mandate and activities support environmental stewardship within the local watershed. The applicant is prepared to accept all financial and legal responsibility for the project.
- Unincorporated Group: A group applying in partnership with an eligible legal entity. The applicant is a group, organization or community-based partnership that supports environmental stewardship of the local watershed, but is not a legal entity (i.e. is not a registered society or non-profit organization). The partnering legal entity is prepared to accept all financial and legal responsibility for this project and manage the grant funds on behalf of the group.

Individuals, for-profit businesses and corporations, fish and game associations, educational institutions or previous grant recipients with outstanding reporting obligations are not eligible to receive funding under this grant program. Government agencies, municipal governments and Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) are not eligible to apply directly for this grant. They may, however, serve as the partnering legal entity for a group that does not have legal status.

GST is not an eligible expense and will not be covered by WSG funds.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for this round of applications is January 13, 2020.

Grants are generally issued once per year to eligible groups on a per-project basis.

Multiple grant applications for separate projects may be accepted from applicants.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants call or email the Stewardship Program Coordinator prior to the application deadline, to confirm receipt of their grant application.

All grant applicants will be notified of the status of their application by May 31.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


To discuss project eligibility or for more information please contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator at or phone 1–877–727–5276 extension 227.

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