Climate Innovation Grant Program

Expressions of interest are now closed for 2022.

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We want your groundbreaking, innovative, and low-emissions projects. 

We know that Calgary and Edmonton need support to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

That is why we offer funding to a variety of organizations for local low-carbon solutions, so you can take your remarkable emission reducing project from idea to reality.

From technology demonstration, to collective impact, and policy advancement, we support a variety of projects that inspire innovation and create tangible benefits in our communities.

Most importantly, we want to support and strengthen those working on groundbreaking solutions to the climate emergency. 

Plus, we only support solutions that can be scaled up, and have the potential to make a meaningful difference for the long haul. 

Apply for funding in one of our four focus areas: 

1. Building Better or Retrofitting Wiser

2. Moving on Mobility

3. Decarbonization and Renewable Energy

4. Overarching or Foundational 

All program criteria are available on this page, or you can download the a PDF of Climate Innovation Grant Program Guidelines.

Video: Climate Innovation Grant Program Overview

Preview of Climate Innovation Grant Program overview video
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Focus Areas

Projects are eligible for funding if they align with a Challenge Statement in one of our four focus areas.

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    Overarching or Foundational

    • Improving the accessibility of financing and/or incentive programs for emissions reductions for underserved sectors/markets, small to medium sized enterprises and/or low/middle income households.

    • Strategies, including on the ground projects, designed to articulate and address regulatory and/or process barriers associated with shared, multi-building mechanical systems and micro district energy, or renewable energy systems with shared ownership.

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    Building Better and Retrofitting Wiser

    • Deployment of projects on the ground in the residential and/or commercial sector that show how to scale whole building net zero/emissions neutral retrofits.  

    • Capacity building for the building sector to address skills or knowledge gaps when undertaking net zero/emissions neutral design, construction, and renovations (commercial and/or residential).

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    Moving on Mobility

    • Improving accessibility of charging infrastructure and low/no emissions vehicle procurement for underserved sectors/markets, small to medium sized enterprises and/or low/middle income households and neighbourhoods.

    • Elevating active transportation as the preferred option by deploying innovative tactics related to the planning, design and redevelopment of existing communities.

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    Decarbonization and Renewable Energy

    • Accelerating low emissions hydrogen solutions in the building sector (space heating) or in the transportation sector (hydrogen vehicles).

    • Geothermal and/or heat pump (air or ground source) deployment programs, strategies, projects with a focus on increasing industry capacity and/or improving access to underserved sectors/markets, small to medium sized enterprises and/or low/middle income households.

    • Negative emissions/carbon sequestration strategies that can be attributed to the cities’ community emissions inventories including (but not limited to) nature based solutions.

Get up to $100,000

We support a diverse range of activities in both Calgary and Edmonton. You can request up to $100,000 in funding. Plus you may be eligible for bonus funding made available by Smart Sustainable Resilient Infrastructure Association. See the project requirements for more details.

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    Calgary

    $425,000 is available for projects that benefit Calgary.

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    Edmonton

    $552,500 is available for projects that benefit Edmonton.

Project Requirements and Selection Criteria

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Are you eligible?

Organizations are able to submit more than one project at the Expression of Interest stage, but only one full application will be accepted per City, per grant round.

You are eligible to apply for the Climate Innovation Grant Program if you are:

  • A nonprofit or Qualified Canadian Donees (charitable) organizations with a project based in Calgary or Edmonton.

  • An adjacent community to Calgary and Edmonton, with regional projects that have activities occurring in those cities and also meet the project selection criteria.

Please contact our grants team directly to discuss project and organization eligibility if you are unsure if you can apply.

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Program Timeline

Expressions of interest now are closed for 2022. Successful applicants will be notified if invited to complete the rest of the application process.

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    March 23 - April 22: Submit your Expression of Interest

    We strongly encourage you to schedule a call with our program team to discuss your project prior to submitting an Expression of Interest. 

    During the call staff will:

    • Get to know your organization and project objectives.

    • Work directly with you to ensure your project fits within the Climate Innovation funding focus areas.

    • Connect you with additional resources and partners, if applicable.

    • Build a relationship with you and help you improve the quality of your application.

    Book a 30 minute call with Stefanie for Edmonton-based projects or book a call with Jessica for Calgary-based projects. 

    Then, submit your Expression of Interest through the application portal.

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    April 25 - 29: Screening Expressions of Interest

    Our team will screen all Expressions of Interest using the Application Scorecard. A short list of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. But, direct feedback will be offered to unsuccessful applicants.

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    May 4 - June 10: Submit your Full Application

    Our team will work closely with applicants to assist in technical and financial due diligence, providing feedback and direction from the Expression of Interest stage.

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    July - August: Decision Making

    Grant Review Committee makes funding decisions.

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    September - October: Feedback

    All unsuccessful applicants will be offered feedback from our team regarding the decision and their project.

Want to talk it through?

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    Meet Jessica

    Jessica Lajoie is one of our Program Specialists, and is here to help you with your application. Book a call with Jessica for Calgary-based projects.

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    Meet Stefanie

    Stefanie Drozda is one of our Program Specialists, and is here to help you with your application. Book a call with Stefanie for Edmonton-based projects.

Resources for Applicants

Contact our grant team if you have further questions: grants@albertaecotrust.com or by calling 403-209-2245, or 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary).

About the Climate Innovation Fund

This program is funded through the Climate Innovation Fund which aims to accelerate urban climate solutions in Calgary and Edmonton.

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What our grantees are saying...

  • “We need to better understand the materials and technologies we are utilizing in the housing economy to reduce our footprint. We will research the potential emissions savings from building new homes using 3D printed concrete technology vs. traditional methods and materials. The project also has significant co-benefits as we demonstrate this technology in a Veterans Village in the neighbourhood of Evansdale to provide economical, efficient pocket homes in an infill neighborhood that can help our veterans transition to permanent housing and live in harmony within our neighbourhoods again.”
    Yasushi Ohki, Executive Director, Green Violin Development Company
  • “The Climate Innovation Grant from Alberta Ecotrust provides us with seed funding that allows the Institute to start engagement of private and public sector partners, collaboratively design the demonstration project in a manner that is equitable and allows various stakeholders to gain valuable lessons, as well as share the learnings widely through Calgary and beyond. Enabling EV charging in apartments allows more Albertans to literally bring home the important energy transition that is happening around the world.”
    Binnu Jeyakumar, Director, Clean Energy, Pembina Institute
  • “We need to better understand the materials and technologies we are utilizing in the housing economy to reduce our footprint. We will research the potential emissions savings from building new homes using 3D printed concrete technology vs. traditional methods and materials. The project also has significant co-benefits as we demonstrate this technology in a Veterans Village in the neighbourhood of Evansdale to provide economical, efficient pocket homes in an infill neighborhood that can help our veterans transition to permanent housing and live in harmony within our neighbourhoods again.”
    Yasushi Ohki, Executive Director, Green Violin Development Company
  • “The Climate Innovation Grant from Alberta Ecotrust provides us with seed funding that allows the Institute to start engagement of private and public sector partners, collaboratively design the demonstration project in a manner that is equitable and allows various stakeholders to gain valuable lessons, as well as share the learnings widely through Calgary and beyond. Enabling EV charging in apartments allows more Albertans to literally bring home the important energy transition that is happening around the world.”
    Binnu Jeyakumar, Director, Clean Energy, Pembina Institute

Projects we've funded

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    Policy Tools for Low-Energy and Emission Buildings

    Community Energy Association is exploring regulatory and incentive structures the City of Edmonton can use to reduce emissions in new construction.

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    3D Printed Homes to Reduce GHG Emissions

    Green Violin’s is aiming to use low carbon in their 3D Concrete Printed House technology to bring affordable and efficient homes to Edmonton.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Grantees

Contact our grant team if you have further questions: grants@albertaecotrust.com or by calling 403-209-2245, or 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary).

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