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ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants

Grants to Alberta Individuals and Organizations to
Protect Fish and Wildlife Populations and Habitats

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

Deadline Date:

01/25/18 4:30 PM Local time


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants starting at $3,000 to Alberta organizations, communities, and individuals for conservation activities that protect the area's fish and wildlife populations. Eligible activities may contribute to the following: a healthy environment for area fish and wildlife, healthy fish and wildlife populations, and an increase in the understanding, appreciation, and use of healthy environments for fish and wildlife.

Funding will also be provided for projects that increase participation in, and awareness of, outdoor opportunities, while developing knowledge and respect for conservation.

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. Urban 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 an urban fishery (including natural water bodies).

4. Impacts of non-native species on the persistence of native species.

5. Improvements and innovation in matching sportsmen with landowners (e.g. facilitating hunter access to depredating waterfowl, elk and deer).

6. 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; ‘Kids Can Catch’ and archery events for kids). Generate awareness of the hunting/angling/trapping opportunities available to the public.

7. Projects related to outdoor conservation education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166833

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Grants: $3,000 or less.
Large Grants: $3,000 or more.

While there is no maximum specified, special justification would be expected if over $40,000 is requested. The average large grant awarded is somewhere around the $16,500 mark.

Term of Contract:

Project activities must occur between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Grants cannot be made retrospectively, that is for work started prior to the current fiscal year, i.e. before April 1, 2018.

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:
- ACA and Federal and Provincial Government staff projects
- Research projects.
- Grants are not normally offered towards profit-making activities.
- Regular ongoing staff salary positions.
- Grants are not normally available for ongoing administration costs of the organization or for the funding of administrative staff.
- 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:

Applications will be accepted from January 1 until January 25, 2018.

ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants has two application forms:
- Small Grant Application Form – requests of $3,000 and under.
- Large Grant Application Form – requests over $3,000.

Applicants will be notified of status of their submission by March 31, 2018.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants applications by email to:

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: 780.464.0990

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Canada: Alberta