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ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants

Grants to Alberta Individuals and Organizations
for Environmental Stewardship Initiatives

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

Deadline Date:

01/22/21 16:30 PM Local time - Postmarked or emailed


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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 Grant's 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 2021-2022 funding priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166833

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Project activities must occur between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. The COVID 19 outbreak may impact many projects planned for 2021/22. ACA will issue extensions for up to one year for projects which cannot proceed as planned this year due to recommendations put in place to reduce spread of the virus. Recipients will inform ACA immediately of any delays or potential for cancellation of the project so that appropriate mechanisms for project extension can be implemented where appropriate

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.

ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants does not provide funding for:
• Projects outside of Alberta
• ACA and Federal and Provincial Government staff projects. See section Who Can Apply?
• Research 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 the Association
• General fundraising
• Land acquisition (Land acquisition applications can be submitted to the ACA Habitat Securement Program)

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted from January 1 to January 22, 2021. Applications postmarked or emailed after 16:30 local time on Friday, January 22, 2021 will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of status of their submission by March 31, 2021.

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 one, two, or three payments, depending on grant size

Contact Information:

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

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

Or by Fax to: 780.464.0990

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