Foundation / Corporation
Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
10/31/18 - Major Project Grants
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:
-Travel and accommodations
-Existing programs that address the three environmental priorities
-Supplies and materials
-Portion of rent, telephone, etc.
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#: 181457
Community Grants: Maximum grant amount is $7,500.
Major Grants: Maximum grant is $30,000.
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.
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
-Municipal, provincial/territorial and federal governments
Please note the following activities will not be eligible for funding:
-Projects mandated by any order of government
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:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
403-209-2245 / 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary)