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Grants to Alberta Individuals and Organizations for Environmental Stewardship Initiatives

ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants


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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/25/23 16:30 PM Local time - Postmarked or emailed Save

Grant Description
Grants to Alberta individuals and organizations for environmental stewardship initiatives. Funding is intended for projects to benefit and enhance the environment, local wildlife, and the outdoors. Priority will be given to proposals addressing fisheries development, non-native and native species, habitat improvement, stewardship projects, and projects related to the retention, recruitment, and education of hunters, anglers, or trappers.

The ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants aim is to aid Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) in the delivery of its mission. Grants made to partners are intended to enhance and supplement ACA activities. ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants fund conservation activities by individuals (with appropriate insurance coverage), organizations, and communities that contribute to healthy fish and wildlife populations, to a healthy environment for fish and wildlife in Alberta, and to the understanding, appreciation and use of that environment. This grant program will also fund projects which increase the level of attendance and awareness of outdoor opportunities, while developing knowledge and respect for conservation.

Grants are available for:

  • Projects that meet and further the ACA mission: ACA conserves, protects, and enhances fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for Albertans to enjoy, value and use.
  • Projects that contribute to the priorities as outlined in the funding priorities section of this document
  • Priority is given to projects that demonstrate a “self-help” attitude, i.e., partner contributions, matched funding dollars, and public involvement

For 2023-2024 funding priorities, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any organization or individual (with appropriate insurance coverage) can apply if they have a suitable project, with the exception of a Federal or Provincial Government staff and ACA staff. ACA does not fund applications where the Federal or Provincial Government employee is the principal applicant (Principal applicant is considered the lead on a project) or the principal applicant is a Federal or Provincial ministry. Federal or Provincial Government employees may be part of the project, but must not be responsible for the majority of the project. ACA will not normally allow for applicants that are supported through other means by ACA to receive funds through this granting process.

Anyone engaged in the activities outlined in the “Grounds for Disqualification” outlined on ACA’s Grants website are not eligible to apply for an ACA grant. See:

ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants does not provide funding for:
- Projects outside of Alberta
- ACA and Federal and Provincial Government staff projects.
- Research projects (Applications for research projects may go to only one of the two ACA grant programs supporting research, either ACA Research Grants or the ACA Grants in Biodiversity for graduate student projects.)
- Grants are not normally offered towards profit-making activities
- Overhead costs
- Emergency funds or deficit financing
- Travel to conferences and seminars, unless part of a larger project supported by ACA
- General fundraising
- Land acquisition (Land acquisition applications can be submitted to the ACA Habitat Securement Program)

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- For 2023-24, applications will be accepted between January 1 and 25, 2023.
- Funding decisions will be announced to applicants by email by March 31, 2023.

Submit your application by e-mail. Applications postmarked or emailed after 16:30 local time on the due date will not be accepted.

Upon receiving your application, you will be sent an acknowledgment receipt by e-mail or telephone within five business days. It is your responsibility to contact the ACA Grants Administrator if you have not received acknowledgement of receipt, as the application may not have been received in good order.

Payment of grants is normally made in three payments. Please note the initial payment can be delayed, due to time it takes to sign and process new Cooperative Project Agreements; applicants should be aware that the first grant payments will not be made before June.

Grants cannot be made retrospectively, that is for work started prior to the current fiscal year, i.e., before April 1, 2023.

Capital equipment purchases in excess of $500 may remain the property of ACA upon project completion.

Applicant Information:

Estimated Size of Grant
There is no maximum specified, but special justification would be expected if over $40,000 was requested. Last year, the average large grant awarded was approximately $13,600.

- Small Grants – requests of $3,000 and under.
- Large Grants – requests over $3,000.

Term of Contract
Project activities for 2023-24 grants, must take place between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

Contact Information
If you have any questions, or to submit completed applications, contact:
Amy MacKinven, ACA Grants Project Administrator
Alberta Conservation Association
Toll free: 1-877-722-4323

If you do not have access to the internet, please send a hard copy application to:
Alberta Conservation Association
Attention: ACA Grants Administrator
#101, 9 Chippewa Road
Sherwood Park, AB, T8A 6J7

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