GRANT PORTFOLIO

Since 1992, Alberta Ecotrust has invested more than $11.4 million in projects that have improved the health of Alberta’s environment. Our annual investment averages of $600,000.

EXPLORE OUR CURRENT GRANTS

 

143

WATER PROJECTS

387

LAND USE PROJECTS

218

CLIMATE CHANGE PROJECTS

EXPLORE OUR WORK ACROSS ALBERTA

NAVIGATING THE FUTURE

For 20 years, Alberta Ecotrust has researched the Environmental nonprofit sector in Alberta.

It has been 5 years since our social network analysis and organizational needs assessment project, Mapping What Matters. Bringing together data from 167 organizations across the province we built an understanding of the organizations operating in Alberta and the ways they work together. The results allowed us to leverage new investment in the environmental sector, focus programs on encouraging collaboration and network building between Environmental nonprofits and build much needed capacity within organizations.

Our new decade has already been a tumultuous one with great change and uncertainty ahead. Alberta Ecotrust sees opportunities to explore new paths forward as Environmental nonprofits make a positive impact on the urgent environmental challenges facing Albertans. In 2020 we launched a new survey to learn about the current capacity and needs of the Environmental nonprofit sector.

The results will be shared in 2021 and will help Alberta Ecotrust adapt our programs to maximize impact and help the Environmental nonprofits we serve navigate their future.

 

 

BETTER HOUSING LAB

How can environmental performance be fundamentally integrated into the economic model of affordable housing projects in order to enhance the long-term livability and viability of projects?

Intelligent Futures, with partners the City of Calgary, Attainable Homes Calgary, Alberta Ecotrust and the University of Calgary, are initiating a CMHC-funded Solutions Lab. The CMHC Solutions Lab program is intended to be a catalyst for driving action and innovation in the affordable housing sector. It enables opportunities to enhance sector viability and sustainability by providing roadmaps from successful solution development to full-scale uptakes.

This Solutions Lab lies at the intersection of environment, economy, housing and community. Environmental performance is often seen as an expensive, non-essential feature to affordable housing solutions. Yet, when considering broader implications of sustainability and livability, integrating environmental performance into affordable housing makes sense.

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STRATEGIC LEARNING & EVALUATION SERIES

Many Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) struggle to capture and make sense of the results of their work. This makes it difficult for them to assess and adjust their strategies and demonstrate progress to (current and prospective) partners and funders.

With the support of the Calgary Foundation, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and Here to There Consulting Inc. have partnered to develop and test an on-line workshop series that introduces practical tools to the six most common evaluation challenges ENGOs face in assessing their work. The course is comprised of 6 on-line workshops conducted over 6 months where participants are given tools and techniques that their team can employ to tackle practical evaluation challenge.

 

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This project is made by possible through the generous support of the Calgary Foundation.