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Environmental Grant Program - Major Projects

Grants to Alberta ENGOs, Charities, and First Nations
for Projects that Address Environmental Issues

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Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

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Grants of up to $30,000 to Alberta ENGOs, charities, and First Nations to address critical environmental issues. Funding is intended to support comprehensive projects that will substantially strengthen ecosystems. Previous grants have been awarded to programs that promote energy efficiency, indigenous environmental management, and wildlife conservation.

Issue Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of the following environmental priorities:

  1. Water – Protection and conservation of water and/or the maintenance of water quality
  2. Land Use – Protection or enhancement of ecological function of native and developed landscapes, including biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and land use management
  3. Climate Change – Protection of the atmosphere, greenhouse gas and emissions reductions, and energy conservation


Alberta Ecotrust will assess all grant proposals for impact based on the following criteria:

  • Project activities: Activities are clearly outlined, target audiences identified, and measureable outcomes defined
  • Evaluation strategy and success indicators: Success can be measured over time, metrics and indicators are appropriate, and applicant demonstrates capacity to utilize evaluative data
  • Project results: Long-term goals and the path to achieve them is clearly articulated, along with the anticipated change

Grant funds can be used for any costs deemed reasonable and directly related to the project. This includes:

  • Salaries
  • Contractor wages
  • Travel and accommodations
  • Existing programs that address the Foundation's three environmental priorities
  • Publications
  • Website development
  • Supplies and materials
  • Portion of rent, telephone, etc.
  • Project-specific training

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181457

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

These projects must be completed within a year. Project start dates are often two months after the application deadline (i.e June 15 or December 15). Costs incurred before the project start date are not eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- Alberta Ecotrust funds environmental projects in the province of Alberta only. It does not fund projects in other provinces or countries. National organizations are eligible to apply if the project is being undertaken in Alberta and includes Alberta partners.
- Alberta ENGOs
- Public interest charities operating in Alberta whose vision and mission primarily focus on protecting the environment
- Qualified First Nations

Ineligible Organizations:
- Private sector organizations, for-profit businesses
- Business associations
- Educational institutions
- Municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal governments
- Government agencies
- For-profit cooperatives
- Individuals
- Political parties

Please note the following activities will not be eligible for funding:
- Conferences
- Projects mandated by any order of government
- Political lobbying
- Litigation

Pre-Application Information:

Spring Grants:
Major Projects Application Portal Open: February 15, 2021
Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: March 12, 2021
Decision-making: Late May 2021

Fall Grants:
Major Projects Application Portal Opens: August 23, 2021
Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: September 17, 2021
Decision-making: Late November/Early December 2021

It is highly recommended that all interested parties contact the grant team before beginning the application process – at least 5 days before the grant deadline – to ensure fit.

This is a two-stage process that begins with submitting a Letter of Intent through the Application Portal below.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for funding:
- Applicants must provide additional 25% of project funding as a matching contribution.
- Matching contribution can be either cash or in-kind.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For further questions, contact the grants team by emailing or by calling 403-209-2245 or 1-800-465-2147 outside of Calgary.

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Suite 250, 305 10 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0W2

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