Important dates

The opportunity to submit Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program (AICEP) applications for fiscal 2018-19 is now closed (June 25, 2018 to August 31, 2018).


The Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program (AICEP) provides grant funding to Indigenous communities / organizations to understand how energy is used and identify conservation opportunities.

The purpose of an energy assessment is to calculate greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions and potential energy savings. Conducting this baseline analysis has many benefits to help Indigenous communities / organizations by:

  • accurately assessing the energy efficiency of existing buildings
  • assessing potential energy / cost savings if retrofits are completed
  • support leadership to make informed decisions on building retrofits

There is no limit on the number of buildings that can be considered for detailed energy assessments within an application. Buildings must be owned by the community / organization.


The AICEP can fund up to 100% of eligible costs up to a maximum of $200,000.

  • funding amounts will be merit-based and determined on community / organizational need

Projects utilizing external consultants will require the submission of at least 2 quotes from separate, duly qualified service providers being procured by the consultant. Please see the AICEP Program Guidelines for more details.


Buildings to be audited must be owned by the community / organization itself, or by a community-owned business.

Applicant communities / organizations must be located in Alberta:

  • First Nations, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation, Metis Settlements
  • Indigenous community-owned businesses and development corporations
  • Tribal Councils, Treaty Organizations, Metis Settlements General Council
  • Métis Nation of Alberta including Regions and Locals
  • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations, including Friendship Centres with projects related to community energy program objectives

Only applications with all fully completed documentation submitted during the intake period will be reviewed for eligibility and considered for funding.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

These guidelines outline detailed:

  • eligibility requirements
  • funding levels
  • eligible expenses
  • application procedures

Step 2. Complete the application package

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Fill-in the Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program (AICEP) grant application (PDF, 111 KB).

Complete the application form by clearly defining:

  • project overview
  • all expenses / revenues
  • cost of energy assessment per building
  • description of the community-owned building
  • description of the proposed contractor hired with and their professional designation

A completed application checklist must be included in the application package.

Community support

All applicants must demonstrate organizational support for their project to be considered for funding by providing, at a minimum, documented evidence of a:

  • Band Council Resolution for a First Nation
  • Council Resolution for a Metis Settlement
  • Board Resolution from a community-owned company / development corporation
  • Board Resolution from a not-for-profit Indigenous organization

Equivalent demonstration of support, as discussed with Indigenous Relations staff.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Due to technical issues, the IR Climate Leadership online grant application system is not available at this time.

To apply, a completed grant application and supporting documents must be submitted electronically to:

  • please indicate in the email subject line AICEP application for (community / organization name)’

A hard copy of the submission may also be couriered / mailed to:

Attention: Aboriginal Initiatives - AICEP
Alberta Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8

After you apply

A preliminary assessment is conducted to ensure the application package is complete with all supporting documents and is signed by an authorized representative of the organization.

  • additional information may be requested, if needed

Only correct and fully completed applications with all required documents that are submitted during the intake period will be reviewed for eligibility and considered for funding. Applications will be evaluated by IR staff against the program’s priorities and scoring criteria:

  • socio-economic benefits / impacts
  • number of people anticipated to be impacted
  • description of the need for the project
  • project planning, readiness and due diligence
  • described outcomes related to GHG reduction, energy efficiency, job creation and economic development
  • priority will be given to applicants who have not received funding from the program in previous years

Funding decisions

Funding approvals may take up to 12 weeks. A grant manager will communicate the status of the application by email and a final decision will be sent by letter from the minister of Indigenous Relations.

If an application does not meet criteria, staff will work with the applicant to address the issues so they can be prepared for future opportunities, if desired.


Grant recipients are generally required to submit a final report that includes:

  • a copy of the energy assessment report provided by the contractor to the community
  • a signed statement that the energy assessment report has been completed as per the Detailed Energy Assessment Requirements (DEAR) document
  • a financial statement with an authorized signature, stating the information reported is accurate


Connect with staff of the Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program (AICEP):

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019

Mail / Reception / Courier:
Alberta Indigenous Relations
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8