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ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants

Grants to Alberta Individuals and
Organizations for Conservation Projects

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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

Deadline Date:

01/24/20 4:30 PM Local time - Postmarked or emailed


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants starting at $3,000 to Alberta individuals and organizations for wildlife and fish conservation projects. Funding is intended to protect, conserve, and enhance wildlife and fish populations and habitats, and to expand the appreciation, understanding, and use of the environment. Funding is also intended for 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

All applicants to the ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants should be aware that this grant is fully funded by the hunters and anglers of Alberta. All proposals should be able to demonstrate how the proposed project will aid ACA in meeting its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and habitat for all Albertans to enjoy, value and use. To help direct potential applicants the following list of priority areas has been developed. While the ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants will accept applications that do not relate to these suggested areas, projects that address one or more of these priority areas will have a higher probability of being funded than those that do not.

  1. Habitat enhancement activities specifically listed on provincial recovery plans for Alberta’s endangered species (to be done in cooperation with recovery teams).
  2. Site-specific enhancements of habitat, structures and facilities aimed at increasing recreational angling or hunting opportunities, improving habitat or increasing wildlife/fish productivity on the site (i.e. planting/seeding vegetation, development of new fisheries access sites, nest box initiatives, food plot trials and cover plot trials, spawning bed enhancement, culvert removals, fishing docks, etc.).
    • Stewardship Initiatives (e.g. on-going maintenance of conservation sites or fisheries access sites; adopt a fence; property inspections for invasive weeds; manual weed control; grass mowing).
  3. Fisheries development, including: initial evaluation of water quality aspects of existing ponds to determine their suitability for fish stocking; purchase of equipment required to ensure suitable water quality for fish stocking (e.g. aeration equipment); fish stocking in public ponds; promotion of urban and rural fisheries (including natural water bodies).
  4. Impacts of non-native species on the persistence of native species.
  5. Projects related to the retention, recruitment and education of hunters, anglers or trappers (including attracting new mentors, training mentors and providing mentors for new hunters/anglers/trappers; sharing information in schools and with the general public about the link between conservation and hunters/anglers/trappers; this category also includes educating new hunters/anglers/trappers; fishing and archery events for kids). Generate awareness of the hunting/angling/trapping opportunities available to the public.
  6. Projects related to outdoor conservation education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166833

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Small Grants – Requests of $3,000 and under.
- Large Grants – Requests over $3,000. There is no maximum specified, but special justification would be expected if over $40,000 was requested. The average large grant awarded has been approximately $18,000.

Term of Contract:

Project activities must occur between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

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.
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

ACA will receive ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants applications from January 1 to 24, 2020 for funding consideration in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Applications postmarked or emailed after 4:30 PM local time on Friday, January 24, 2020 will not be accepted.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement receipt by email or telephone within five business days. Applicants will be notified of status of their submission by March 31, 2020.

In an effort to reduce paper consumption, ACA appreciates your effort to provide your completed application electronically. However, if you do not have access to the internet, please send a hard copy application by mail or fax.

Important Granting Information:
- Payment of grants is normally made in one, two or three payments, depending on grant size. 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.
- ACA may charge an administration fee for any monies held in trust.
- Capital equipment purchases in excess of $500 may remain the property of ACA upon project completion.

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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