About EcoCity Edmonton

The City of Edmonton, with support from Alberta Ecotrust and the Edmonton Community Foundation, are partnering to deliver grants to help support the City’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 35% (below 2005 levels) by 2035. Edmontonians have an important role in reducing our contribution to climate change and preparing locally for future climactic changes and events. These grants, available to non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities, will invest in citizen-led urban solutions to climate change. Through EcoCity Edmonton, you can learn about Edmonton's environmental vision, find inspiration to take action in your community, and get a grant to help you get your idea off the ground.


Please review the following timeline, and all criteria and guidelines for EcoCity Edmonton in advance of submitting a proposal. We highly recommend all interested parties contact us in advance of applying for funding.

Application Portal Opens

March 1
  • All applications must be submitted through our online system. The online portal will be made available on this website on March 1st, 2019.

Application Deadline

April 1
  • All applications must be submitted through the online portal by midnight on April 1st, 2019.


  • All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by April 27th, 2019.

Grant Criteria

All projects must align with Edmonton’s long-term vision of being a climate resilient, energy sustainable city. Emphasis is on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through projects that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, electrification of transportation, transit, active transportation, or promoting sustainable and low-carbon lifestyles.

Energy Transition Acceleration Grant

Energy Transition Acceleration Grants support urban low-carbon solutions that demonstrate significant reductions in greenhouse gases through projects that are replicable and scalable across the region. Projects should reduce emissions directly through the deployment of renewable energy systems, building retrofits, energy efficiency and conservation, electrification of transportation, and other urban climate solutions.

Projects should be able to demonstrate a measurable reduction in greenhouse gases.

Maximum grant amount: $50,000

Community Climate Action Grant

Community Climate Action Grants build resilience in local communities by supporting projects that help bring citizens together and lead the charge against rising global temperatures. Projects should help to engage diverse stakeholders, build energy and climate literacy, and create community capacity to reduce emissions. Wherever possible, grants will be used to support projects that build climate resilience through reducing carbon while also generating community benefits such as improved public health, local job creation, increased mobility, etc.

Projects should be able to demonstrate a pathway for reducing greenhouse gas reductions.

Maximum grant amount: $20,000

Project & Organization Eligibility

We highly recommend all interested parties contact us in advance of submitting a proposal to ensure project and organizational fit.

Project Eligibility

  • Project must take place within the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County
  • Address the priority issue of energy and climate change
  • For Energy Transition Acceleration Grants, 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 18 months after the start date

Organization Eligibility

  • Eligible organizations include: Registered nonprofits, registered charities, community leagues, and schools, area First Nations.
  • Organizations not eligible for funding: Private sector organizations, for-profit businesses, business associations, for-profit cooperatives, individuals and political parties.
  • Organizations who have previously received support for a project through EcoCity Edmonton must have completed the project and the required reporting before being eligible to apply again.

Ineligible Activities

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

Political lobbying


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: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/chrts/plcy/cps/cps-022-eng.html

Application Portal

We are no longer accepting applications to EcoCity Edmonton for 2018. If you are interested in applying for this program please come back in 2019 to submit your proposal. If you have any questions about this program please contact our grant staff by calling 403-209-2245, 1-800-465-2147 (outside of Calgary) or [email protected]

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