Environmental Grants - Community Grants and Major Projects

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits and First Nations for
Conservation Programs that Benefit the Environment

GrantWatch ID#: 181457
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

10/31/17 - Deadline for Community Grants Only

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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $30,000 to Alberta nonprofits and qualified First Nations for water conservation, land use, and climate change programs that benefit the environment. Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff at least five days before the deadline.

Community Grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and action. The maximum grant amount is $7,500.

The Major Grants program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The maximum grant is $30,000.

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

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 three environmental priorities
- Publications
- Website development
- Supplies and materials
- Portion of rent, telephone, etc.
- Project-specific training

Major Grants: Maximum grant is $30,000.
Community Grants: Maximum grant amount is $7,500.

Projects must be completed in one year.

Organizations eligible for funding:
- Public interest charities operating in Alberta whose vision and mission primarily focus on protecting the environment
- Qualified First Nations

Projects must take place in Alberta.

The following organizations are not eligible to receive funding from Alberta Ecotrust:
- 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:
- Projects mandated by any order of government
- Political lobbying
- Litigation

Applicants for Community grants must provide additional 25% of project funding as a matching contribution. Matching contributions can be either cash or in-kind.

Before starting your application, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Program and Engagement Manager – at least 5 days before the grant deadline – for some feedback on your idea.

Spring Grants Timeline:
Major Projects Application Portal Open: March 1, 2017
Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: March 31, 2017

Community Grants Application Portal Open: April 15, 2017
Community Grants Application Deadline: May 15, 2017
Decision-making: End of May, 2017

Fall Grants Timeline:
Major Projects Application Portal Open: August 15, 2017
Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: September 15, 2017

Community Grants Application Portal Open: October 2, 2017
Community Grants Application Deadline: October 31, 2017
Decision-making: Mid-November, 2017

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

Apply online:

403-209-2245, 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary)

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
Suite 100, 1711 10 Ave Sw
Calgary, Alberta
T3C 0K1

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