Community Environment Action Grant

Non-profit organizations can get funding to help Albertans build awareness and take action on climate change.

Important dates

March 6, 2017: Grant application period closes.

Ministry responsible: Environment and Parks


The Community Environment Action grant will fund non-profit groups to design and deliver evidence-based climate education projects across Alberta.  It will support all Albertans, young and old, rural and urban, to better understand and address climate change.

Projects must focus on social benefits, such as creating or supporting community and partnership-building opportunities. Projects must also utilize the climate literacy continuum, which encompasses:

  • building awareness and understanding about core climate change concepts, based on credible science
  • enhancing skills and applied knowledge about practices, tools, products or services that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, facilitating attitude change
  • achieving individual and community behaviour changes by taking personal or collective action toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The Community Environment Action grant supports Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan by helping Albertans work together as stewards to take action on climate change. Many Albertans are already committed to environmental stewardship through initiatives that showcase our water and land literacy. This grant program provides an opportunity to broaden our climate literacy, meaning that we think, plan, and act with climate change in mind to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Grant collaborators

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations to leverage all potential resourcing options, whether monetary or in-kind. Co-funding will strengthen a given application. All funding sources must be disclosed in the application.


  • A total of $600,000 is available in the Community Environment Action grant program.

  • Funding will range between $25,000 and $150,000 per application.

  • The grant may cover up to 100% of approved project-specific costs.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants must be non-governmental organizations incorporated and in good standing under the:

  • Alberta Societies Act
  • Alberta Companies Act, Part 9
  • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and registered in Alberta under the federal Business Corporations Act

Examples of applicants include:

  • community organizations
  • stewardship groups
  • youth and senior groups
  • Indigenous organizations
  • teacher resource organizations
  • school-based associations

Ineligible applicants

  • individuals
  • municipal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous, and/or federal governments
  • schools and school boards
  • for-profit entities

Eligible expenses

  • project design and delivery
    • demonstration/pilot site material and supply costs (excluding equipment purchase)
    • venue costs
    • general supplies and/or materials development including communication and distribution
    • translation services
  • field expenses
    • travel and accommodation
    • vehicle rental/operation
  • wages and labour
    • project-specific salary or wage costs
    • contract and professional service (e.g., accounting, audit, liability insurance costs that are directly attributed to carrying out the program, monitoring, legal or other professional fees)

Ineligible expenses

  • projects outside of Alberta
  • activities that are required by law or are mandated by any level of government
  • any cost not tied directly to project design and delivery, and not related to the climate literacy continuum and its attributes
  • lobbying, advocacy or fundraising activities (or activities that can perceived as such)
  • incentives or rebates
  • equipment purchase and capital costs
  • others as may be deemed ineligible at time of application

Before you apply

Read the application details outlined in the Application Handbook (0.3 MB). This will help you better understand the criteria required for eligible projects.

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out the grant application form

You will need to fill out the downloadable application form (0.3 MB).

Required components of the application are:

  • signed cover letter including grant amount requested, project dates, and contact information
  • signed Declaration of Applicant
  • organization details
  • project proposal including:
    • Grant request
    • Project team
    • Timeline with milestones
    • Project design, delivery and outcomes
    • Evaluation plan
    • Communications and visual identity plan
  • appendices as required

Applicants are encouraged to include any additional information, within the page limit permitted, that addresses aspects unique to the proposed project that may enhance your application.

Step 2. Submit your application form

Submit your application form as a PDF by email only to

After you apply

Applications will be evaluated on the following 3 categories of criteria:

  1. Environmental benefits
  2. Social benefits
  3. Strength of the application

Reporting requirements

Each grant recipient will enter into an agreement with the Government of Alberta that specifies deliverables and project requirements.

Grant agreements will incorporate a grant reporting and payment schedule specific to the recipient and funded project to define:

  • milestones
  • reporting timelines
  • payment amounts and dates

Recipients are required to submit interim reports or final reports, as the case may be, that align with the project outcomes and measure against the requirements set out in the grant agreement.

Contact the Climate Change Office

Questions about the grant and the application process should be directed to:

Alberta Climate Change Office


To call toll-free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000.