Environmental Impact Grant

Expression of Interest intake for the 2024 grant stream will open from 9 a.m. MST December 4, 2023 until 5 p.m. MST January 22, 2024.

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The Environmental Impact Grant program criteria are available on this page, or you can download a PDF copy of the grant program guidelines.

Download Program Guidelines

We hosted a webinar June 2022 to help understand our Grant Program goals, processes and to ask questions. The webinar highlighted the types of initiatives that will be supported in our four focus areas and challenges statements, as well as program details like eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, and reporting. View the Webinar Recording | View the Webinar Slides

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Focus Areas and Challenge Statements

Initiatives for the Environmental Impact Grant must align with a Challenge Statement in one of our four focus areas and must take place in Alberta.

  1. 1

    Nature-based Solutions & Conservation

    • Initiatives that deploy Nature-based solutions for the purposes of measurable and attributable carbon sequestration, biodiversity, or ecosystem services.

    • Initiatives that advance scalable, collaborative projects that harness Nature-based solutions to safeguard vital ecosystems. 

    • Initiatives that not only enhance the understanding of agriculture’s role in Nature-based solutions and decarbonization pathways, but also foster ongoing learning and innovation in this critical domain.

    • Acknowledging the crucial role of Indigenous communities in conservation efforts, initiatives that foster and empower Indigenous-led conservation approaches, ensuring the preservation of both cultural heritage and biodiversity.

  2. 2

    Climate Resilience & Emissions Reductions

    • Initiatives that investigate and adopt integrated, scalable approaches to reducing community GHG emissions.

    • Initiatives that focus on adapting to climate change and improving resilience while also enabling emission reductions.

  3. 3

    Circular Economy

    • Initiatives that enhance the knowledge and understanding, or ability for communities to engage in circular economy activities.

    • Initiatives that include on the ground projects that accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

  4. 4

    Overarching or Foundational


    • Initiatives that yield positive environmental benefits while addressing environmental justice and/or lack of access for marginalized or underrepresented groups. 

    • Initiatives that undertake and improve monitoring, measurement, and reporting plans.

    • Initiatives that explore financial mechanisms that unlock the economic value of ecosystem benefits and/or provide essential funding to support a diverse range of projects, ultimately advancing our focus areas of NbS Solutions & Conservation, Climate Resilience & Emissions Reductions, or Circular Economy.

Get up to $50,000

We support a diverse range of activities related to our focus areas. For the Environmental Impact Grant, you can request up to $50,000 in funding.

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation would consider disbursing up to $100,000 to multiple groups in equal partnership on a high impact initiative. Please indicate through the EOI if you want to explore this additional funding, and clearly outline your concept, approach, and partners. We highly encourage you to contact one of our Program Specialists in advance of your EOI to discuss this option (book a 30-minute call with Lori or Diana).

If you apply as a high impact initiative, your application will not be considered at the $50,000 amount.  Only one high impact grant will be awarded per grant cycle.

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Are you eligible?

Organisations are able to submit more than one initiative at the EOI stage, but only one full application will be accepted per grant round.  The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  • Nonprofit and Qualified Canadian Donees (charitable) organisations.

  • Band Councils; Tribal Councils, Tribal Associations or Tribal Governments; and Organisations of Indigenous communities across Alberta.

  • Municipalities, the Government of Alberta and provincial agencies, academia, for-profit and private sector entities can be eligible provided they partner with a charitable and/or non-profit organization who acts as the lead proponent for the initiative.

Contact our grant teams at grants@albertaecotrust.com if you are unsure if you can apply.

Environmental Impact Grant Timeline

Expressions of Interest (EOI) will open 9:00 am MST Monday December 4, 2023 to 5pm MST Monday January 22, 2024.

  1. 1

    December 4, 2023 - January 22, 2024: Submit your Expression of Interest

    • Submit your Expression of Interest through our application portal. The grant portal will open at 9:00 am MST December 4th, 2023. EOIs must be submitted by 5:00 pm MST January 22nd, 2024. 
      We strongly encourage you to meet with our program team to discuss your initiative prior to submitting an Expression of Interest. 
      During the call, staff will:

    • Endeavour to understand the organization and initiative objectives and work directly with applicants to ensure the initiative fits within the focus areas and priorities.

    • Strive to connect initiatives with additional resources and partners if applicable.

    • Build relationship with applicants and work to improve the quality of applications.

    Book a 30-minute call with Lori or Diana

  2. 2

    January 23-February 2, 2024: Expression of Interest Screen

    • Our team will review all Expressions of Interest, utilizing the evaluative criteria detailed in the Application Scorecard.

    • We’ll invite a short list of applicants to submit full proposals.

    • We’ll offer direct feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

  3. 3

    February 6-March 5, 2024: Full Applications

    • Our team will work closely with those invited to apply. We will assist you in technical and financial due diligence, providing feedback and direction from the Expression of Interest stage.

  4. 4

    March/April 2024: Application Review and Decision Making

    • Our Environmental Advisory Committee will decide which initiatives to fund. Whether or not you are successful, we will reach out to you to confirm and discuss.

  5. 5

    May 2024: Award

    • Successful applicants are notified, and Contribution Agreements must be signed within three months of notification.

  6. 6

    June 2024: Feedback for Applicants

    • All unsuccessful applicants will be offered feedback regarding the decision and their initiative from AEF staff.

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    Want to talk it through?

    Book a 30-minute call with our team and get specialized assistance. Book a call with our Program Specialists Lori or Diana.

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