Alberta Ecotrust’s work supports the people and projects that effectively address Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues.

We accomplish this primarily by making grants to enable Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.

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 has increased from $126,000 in 1992 to a current average of $600,000.


Community Grants

Community grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and action. These projects must be completed in one year. Maximum grant amount is $7,500.

Major Grants

This program is designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. The application process is more comprehensive and will be undertaken in two parts. These projects must be completed within a year. Maximum grant is $30,000.

Climate Innovation Fund

The Climate Innovation Fund 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.

EcoCity Edmonton

The City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust are partnering to deliver environmental grants to help citizens engage with the City of Edmonton’s long term goals of being a sustainable and carbon-neutral city. Emphasis is on projects that focus on reducing emissions and building community resilience in a changing climate. Maximum grant is $50,000.




A strong non-profit sector is an essential part of a healthy democracy. Nowhere is this more important than the environmental sector, where grassroots organizations play a fundamental role in defining whether and how governments and industry protect the integrity of the environment on which all life depends.

As a grantmaker, Alberta Ecotrust has a vested interest in the capacity of the very organizations we support. Environmental organizations in Alberta face challenges, especially access to adequate funding, effectively recruiting and managing volunteers (including board members), and organizational communications and promotions.

Alberta Ecotrust’s Capacity Building Program helps environmental non-profits to address these issues and increase their ability to achieve sustained progress towards their priorities. We see our role as a catalyst in both stimulating and strengthening the capacity of non-profit groups to build healthy communities. Working with a mix of local and national experts, we have expanded our mandate to include a Capacity Building Program as a way to leverage the impact of our Environmental Grant Program.

Thank you to the Community Grants Program at Calgary Foundation for their generous support of our Capacity Building programming.



Support and facilitate environmental groups to utilize resources that build their capacity and maximize their effectiveness.



Build knowledge and develop specialized resources in the environmental sector that increases the effectiveness of voluntary organizations working for sustainable environmental benefits.



Integrate capacity building into the Alberta Ecotrust Grant Program.



  • Land Use or Biodiversity

  • Water

  • Sustainability

  • Education

  • Energy 




We work with others whenever we can. Alberta Ecotrust was founded on the notion that all Albertans need and value healthy ecosystems and that all sectors have a role to play in making that happen. Our vision of being the leader in building partnerships to create sustainable environmental benefits for all Albertans means we must demonstrate leadership on many levels.

This is how we collaborate:

Voluntary Sector Leadership

Unfortunately, in Alberta, environmental groups are under resourced, primarily managed by volunteer efforts and struggle to protect the environment in the interest of the public. They typically do not have the time or resources to stay informed about organizational resources available to all non-profit and charitable groups both within Alberta and across Canada.

As a community leader, Alberta Ecotrust is fortunate to participate in initiatives and organizations that focus on broad voluntary sector (non-profit and charitable) goals, roles and values.

In turn, we both share and promote the value and achievements of the charitable sector to our partners, grantees, and colleagues in government, the environmental non-profit community and the corporate sector.

Partners as Stewards

One of the key premises of Alberta Ecotrust is the diversity of partners: banks, naturalist groups, energy companies, water stewardship groups, service companies, conservation groups, utility companies, environmental law and energy efficiency organizations, to name a few!

Representatives from our 30 corporate and environmental Partners actively discuss and direct the operations of our work. They form our board of directors, sit on fundraising and communication committees and work side by side to review funding applications and allocate grants to non-profit groups across Alberta.

Beyond the Alberta Ecotrust table, we also work with our partners to:

Strengthen their relationships with each and with other key stakeholders in the community

Bridge the gaps between sectors and promote new collaborative discourse

Promote the achievements of our grantees

Leading Green

When relevant, we represent and advocate for the inclusion of an environmental perspective in community building and development initiatives via face to face meetings, trainings, public forums, the media and other special opportunities. We do not take a position on specific environmental issues or represent the position of any of our partners or grantees, but rather promote the environment as a foundation for healthy communities.

We also work with all governments and government departments to keep environment at the forefront of public policy debates and believe we need to work with our stakeholders to encourage and engage new business sectors and ethnically diverse cultures and communities into the local and provincial environmental movement.