The City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust are partnering to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation.

We believe that protecting and improving the environment within Edmonton’s borders is a shared responsibility. Through EcoCity Edmonton, citizens can learn about Edmonton’s environmental vision, find inspiration to take action in their community, and apply for a grant to help get ideas off the ground.


EcoCity Edmonton offers three grant streams: Energy Transition Acceleration Grants, Community Engagement Grants, and Community Mobilization Grants. Projects that specifically address the issues of climate change and sustainable energy systems are given preference to other proposals.

Energy Transition Acceleration Grants

Energy Transition Acceleration Grants support projects that result in substantial environmental benefits related to climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Projects should demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions. Maximum grant amount is $50,000.

Community Mobilization Grants

Community Mobilization Grants support community-based projects which have the potential to mobilize large amounts of citizens through positive environmental action. Maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Community Engagement Grants

Community Engagement Grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and education. Maximum grant amount is $7,500.


Climate Change & Energy

Projects that focus on energy literacy, clean energy generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, active transportation, or promoting sustainable and low carbon lifestyles.

Nature & Land Use

Projects that focus on the restoration of natural areas, enhancement of ecological function, connecting citizens with nature, or sustainable urban food systems.


Projects that focus on improvement of the water quality and riparian areas in the North Saskatchewan River and other rivers and streams within city boundaries.


Projects that focus on the atmosphere and improvement of Edmonton's air quality.


New Guidelines and Criteria: February 1, 2018
Application Portal Open: March 1, 2018

Application Deadline: March 31, 2018

Decision-Making: Mid-April, 2018


Eligible organizations include: Registered nonprofits, registered charities, community leagues, schools, and post-secondary institutions.

Organizations not eligible for funding: Private sector organizations, for-profit business, business associations, for-profit cooperatives, individuals and political parties.


The following criteria must be met to be eligible for funding for an EcoCity Edmonton Grant:

• Project must take place within the city limits of Edmonton
• Address one or more of our environmental priorities
• Applicants must provide 25% of project funding as a matching contribution; the matching contribution can be either cash or in-kind
• Project end date is a maximum of 12 months after the start date

Please note the following activities will not be eligible for funding:

• Political lobbying
• Litigation

EcoCity Edmonton recognizes that advocacy is an important function of the voluntary sector and supports activities focused on the good of the public and commons. However, we will not support or fund an initiative that targets or impugns the reputation of any individual, organization, or sector.

The Canada Revenue Agency has very clear policy that governs political activities for charities. For more information, please read the Canada Revenue Agency’s Policy Statement CPS-022, found here:


All applicants are expected to submit a full budget with their proposal which details all revenue and expenses related to the project. Grant funds can be used for most costs deemed reasonable and directly related to the project. This includes:

• Salaries
• Contractor wages
• Travel and accommodations
• Publications
• Website development
• Supplies and materials
• Project-specific training

*Project start dates are often 1 months after the application deadline (July 15th). Costs incurred before your project start date are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible costs:

• Alcohol
• Events that charge admission


Please read these application guidelines carefully before completing your application.

Before starting your application, we strongly encourage you to contact us – at least 5 business days before the grant deadline – for some feedback on your idea. We can often provide additional context, contacts and information that will improve your application!

The following headings provide context and additional information regarding our expectations for your proposal. Please review each area carefully as they reflect the information we are looking for in your proposals.

Issue Priorities

All projects must align with at least one of our environmental priorities of Energy & Climate Change, Water, Air, Nature and Land Use. Projects related to Energy and Climate Change will be given preference.

Project Overview

Defining the environmental situation, issue, or problem your initiative is addressing. Proposal clearly defines:

• A specific environmental situation, issue or problem (the “what”)
• Short or long-term importance or relevance of the issue (the “why”)
• The strategy and activities that lead to the intended outcome (the “how”)
• The anticipated change that indicates the success of this initiative (the “result”)

Project Plan

The heart of the proposal: Applicants should clearly describe the key activities to be undertaken to achieve their stated goals. Applicants will also be expected to assign deliverables and expected impacts associated with completing or undertaking each activity.

How will you know you’re successful? Proposals should explain how they will measure the impacts associated with their deliverables, key activities, and the environmental problem they are trying to solve.


Please ensure you have completed all of the following:

• You have contacted us to discuss your project
• Your project addresses one of EcoCity Edmonton’s environmental priorities
• Your organization is eligible to apply
• You have networked with those that are doing similar work to explore opportunities to collaborate
• Your have reviewed our criteria
• You have selected a short, simple and descriptive title for the project that makes sense to others
• Your purpose is clear and the proposal is free of jargon, abbreviations, etc.
• You have ensured that all calculations in your budget are accurate and clearly identified all current and potential funding sources and expenses


The application portal is now closed. Thank you for your interest. You will be able to access the online system to submit your application beginning on March 1, 2018.