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ACC Environment Grant

Grants to Canada Nonprofits for the Conservation
of Alpine Environments, Flora, and Fauna

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Alpine Club of Canada (ACC) - Environment Fund

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Grants to Canada nonprofit organizations for the preservation and protection of mountain wilderness for climbing enthusiasts, including the protection of alpine fauna and flora. Please note that the focus of this fund is on wilderness conservation rather than the enhancement of recreation, in response to the fact that wilderness is a rapidly diminishing and irreplaceable resource.

Selection Criteria:

Funding priority will be given to projects related to the alpine and Arctic environments and climbing areas in Canada in recognition of our members' unique appreciation of these areas. As funds permit, projects in other mountainous and polar regions of the world will be supported.

There are minimum requirements that must be met by all applications before they will be considered. These minimum requirements are as follows:

a. The project or activity will have a concrete goal, the attainment of which can be evaluated. The application must show how the goal conforms to purpose of the Environment Fund.

b. The application will contain a realistic project plan, which describes the project in sufficient detail to allow a fair evaluation.

c. The application will include a detailed and realistic budget that shows where ACC support will be directed.

d. The organization applying for funding will include a description of itself, including its objectives, its current and past activities, and a summary of its financial position.

e. The project will not be designed to create a profit.

f. The project will give the ACC appropriate acknowledgment.

g. The project will not be in support of an illegal act.

h. All projects are given a one-time grant and should not expect on-going funding.

Selection Procedure:

Grants will be given to projects after selection committee evaluation and approval by the Board of Directors of the ACC. Ranking of applications will be based upon a broad range of considerations including:

a. a higher ranking will go to a project that shows greater volunteer content;

b. a higher ranking will go to an application that has a low proportion of overhead

c. a group seeking support for an advocacy campaign will receive a higher
ranking if:
i) past advocacy campaigns were undertaken in a way that did not adversely affect the group's credibility
ii) its position is based on scientific study
iii) the advocacy plan includes constructive criticism and provides feasible alternatives;

d. a group seeking support for an informational publication advocating a particular viewpoint will receive a higher ranking if it can display an awareness of and include other viewpoints;

e. a research project will receive a higher ranking if it will add significantly to a body of knowledge that is in high demand by groups advocating protection of wilderness areas;

f. a project will not be ranked lower by reason of a lack of volunteer effort, if it is shown in the application that particular scientific or professional skills must be purchased in order to complete the project;

g. a higher ranking will be given to an application that seeks to educate the public about the benefits of protecting a particular wilderness area which is currently the subject of an application for a change of use;

h. a lower ranking will go to an application that is not precise and concise.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177969

Term of Contract:

All grants must be applied for within twelve months of confirmation by the ACC of a successful application.

Funding must be used by January 31 in the year following the award.

In the event that this is not possible, a letter outlining the reasons and progress on the project must be received within twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The application must include a confirmation of not-for-profit or charitable status (if applicable).

Priority will be given to projects initiated by the Alpine Club of Canada and its members. However, outside agencies and individuals may be supported if their projects meet the mandate of the Fund. Fund allocations to outside organizations and individuals will be made based primarily on the merits of the projects, not agency affiliation.

More information regarding ACC membership may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

The annual deadline for applications is January 31.

A selection committee, appointed by the Board of Directors, will meet to review funding applications and make recommendations to the Board. One of the selection committee members will be the VP Environment/Access. Approval of the Board will be required before funds are disbursed. You can expect this process to take up to four months.

Applications will be reviewed according to the following schedule:
-January 31: Application deadline
-March 15: Announcement of grants
-April onwards: Award(s) paid based on project timing and any application approval conditions
-January 31: Date by which previous year’s awards must be used. Unused funds will be forfeited.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Mailing Address
201 Indian Flats Rd
PO Box 8040 Stn Main
Canmore AB
T1W 2T8

P: 403-678-3200 ext. 0
F: 403-678-3224

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