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Environmental Grants - Major Projects and Community Grants

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 - Major Project Grants


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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $30,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations and First Nations for projects to address the Province’s most critical environmental issues. Priority areas include water, land use, and climate change.

About the Grant Program:

The heart of Alberta Ecotrust’s work is supporting the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. The Foundation accomplishes this primarily by investing in Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within the issue priorities.

Community Grants: Community grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and action.

Major Grants: This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts.

Projects Eligible for Funding:

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for funding for a Community Grant:
-Project must take place in Alberta
-Address one or more of the environmental priorities

Grant funds can be used for any costs deemed reasonable and directly related to the project. This includes:
-Contractor wages
-Travel and accommodations
-Existing programs that address the three environmental priorities
-Website development
-Supplies and materials
-Portion of rent, telephone, etc.
-Project-specific training

Issue Priorities:

All projects must align with at least one of the environmental priorities. If you are in doubt, please contact staff before proceeding with your application.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181457

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Major Grants: Maximum grant is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

The project end date is a maximum of 12 months after the start date.

Project start dates are often 2 months after the application deadline. Costs incurred before your project start date are not eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Please note: Alberta Ecotrust funds environmental projects in the province of Alberta only. The Foundation 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.

Organizations Eligible for Funding:

Alberta Ecotrust grants enable Alberta ENGOs to more effectively deliver programs, projects and results that advance their environmental missions within the Foundation’s issue priorities.

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

Organizations Not Eligible For Funding:

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
-Political parties

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

Pre-Application Information:

For Community Grants, applicants must provide and additional 25% of project funding as a matching contribution. Matching contribution can be either cash or in-kind.

The Foundation highly recommends all interested parties contact the grant team before beginning the application process to ensure fit. Contact staff at least 5 days before the grant deadline for project feedback. Staff can often provide additional context, contacts and information that will improve your application.

Spring Grants – Major Projects and Community Grants
-Major Projects Application Portal Open: March 1, 2018
-Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: March 31, 2018
-Community Grants Application Portal Open: April 16, 2018
-Community Grants Application Deadline: May 16, 2018
-Decision-making: End of May, 2018

Fall Grants – Major Projects and Community Grants
-Major Projects Application Portal Open: August 15, 2018
-Major Projects Letter of Intent Deadline: September 14, 2018
-Community Grants Application Portal Open: October 1, 2018
-Community Grants Application Deadline: October 31, 2018
-Decision-making: Mid-November, 2018

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation:

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

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

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta