CLIMATE INNOVATION FUND GRANT PROGRAM

 

We highly recommend all interested parties contact our team before you begin the application process to ensure fit. Get in touch with us at [email protected].

About the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program

The Climate Innovation Fund (CIF) Grant Program funds local climate mitigation projects in Calgary and Edmonton, covering a diverse range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement.

2021 CIF GRANT PROGRAM TIMELINE

Information Session Webinars

Webinar 1 Building Better & Retrofitting Wiser: May 4 from 10 to 11 am

Webinar 2 Moving on Mobility: May 17 from 2 to 3 pm

Webinar 3 Decarbonization & Renewable Energy: June 16 from 10 to 11 am

Submit Expression of Interest

July

Screen Expression of Interest

August

Submit Full Grant Application

September

Award Project Funding

October/November

FOCUS AREAS

Potential projects must tackle urban emissions reduction in buildings and transportation in the following priority areas:

OVERARCHING

  • – Low-carbon financing
  • – Measurement, Verification and Offsetting

BUILDING BETTER & RETROFITIING WISER

  • – Opportunity identification & aggregation
  • – Whole-Building retrofitting

MOVING ON MOBILITY

  • – Shared mobility, micro-mobility and active transportation
  • – Energy management systems to support electrification
  • – Reducing carbon impacts of urban freight

DECARBONIZATION & RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • – Community & small-scale renewable energy systems and storage solutions
  • – Building level fuel switching and shared systems

AVAILABLE FUNDING

In 2021, $425,000 is available in Calgary and $552,500 is available in Edmonton.

In order to help calibrate the grant call, we are anticipating funding requests in the range of $10,000 to $50,000.

Alberta Ecotrust will accept applications for higher levels of funding (up to $100,000) if the project meets or exceeds the evaluation criteria across multiple categories with a high likelihood of scale-up/replication. In order to be eligible for higher levels of funding applicants must discuss the project with our team prior to submission.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations are eligible recipients of the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program:

  • – Charities
  • – Nonprofits
  • – Community Associations (nonprofit)
  • – Industry/Business Associations (nonprofit)
  • – First Nations undertaking projects within Calgary and Edmonton
  • – School Boards
  • – The City of Calgary
  • – The City of Edmonton
  • – For-profit and private sector entities can be eligible provided they partner with a charitable and/or nonprofit organization who acts as the lead proponent for the project.

Ineligible Organizations

The following are ineligible recipients of the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program:

  • – Private sector, or for-profit organizations
  • – Individuals
  • – Individual schools or classroom based programs operating in the K-12 school system
  • – Political parties
  • – For-profit and private sector entities can be eligible provided they partner with a charitable and/or nonprofit organization who acts as the lead proponent for the project.

Eligible Projects

To be eligible for funding, projects:

  • – Must result in greenhouse gas emissions reduction (projects will be evaluated on this metric)
  • – Activity and benefits accrued in Calgary or Edmonton
  • – Have a minimum of 20% matching funds (source other than federal)
  • – Clearly articulates a pathway to scale up of the initiative
  • – Community benefits will be accrued in addition to the emissions reductions (economic, social equity, environmental co-benefits)
  • – Cover a wide range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement to catalytic/scale-up feasibility studies and business case development. All projects must be contextualized on the emissions reduction transformation pathway.

Ineligible Projects

The following projects are ineligible for the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program:

  • – Projects without measurable or projected greenhouse gas emissions reductions
  • – Broad public awareness/education/behavioral change campaigns/courses (including K to 12 classroom education)
  • – Redistributing the funding as grants/rebates to other organizations
  • – Marketing, surveying/polling and advertising campaigns including projects where the primary activity is an event or one off workshop.
  • – Single, one-off, roof-top technology installations without an accompanying approach to scaling up across a demographic or sector.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

The CIF Grant Program webinar series will provide an opportunity to learn about the 2021 Grant Program goals, including eligibility requirements and the application process. Each webinar will highlight the types of projects we’ll support in our three focus areas, provide example project case studies to inspire applicants, identify potential project collaborators or partners, and ask and answer your questions.

 

BUILDING BETTER & RETROFITTING WISER

Tuesday, May 4
10 am to 11 am

REGISTER HERE

MOVING ON MOBILITY

Monday, May 17
2 pm to 3 pm

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DECARBONIZATION & RENEWABLE ENERGY

Wednesday, June 16
10 am to 11 am

Check back soon for registration