About EcoCity Edmonton


Since 2015 the City of Edmonton, with support from Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and the Edmonton Community Foundation have invested over $1.2 million dollars through the Ecocity Edmonton grant program. EcoCity Edmonton grants have supported non-profits, community leagues, schools and charities to invest in citizen-led urban solutions to climate change. EcoCity Edmonton grants will not be offered in 2021. However, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, with support from the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Community Foundation, is excited to launch the Climate Innovation Fund (CIF) Grant Program. The CIF Grant Program targets the major urban greenhouse gas emissions sources in Edmonton. The program aims to support a broad range of climate positive interventions while ensuring an equitable and just future for all Albertans. Projects supported through the program may cover a diverse range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement. Click Here to learn more about the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program

Timelines


PLEASE NOTE: The EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program will not be offered in 2021. In its place the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program is offering funding for urban climate solutions in Edmonton. Learn more here.

Grant Criteria


All projects must align with Edmonton’s goal of being an energy sustainable and climate resilient city. Check the City of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and the Climate Resilient Edmonton - Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan to ensure your project contributes to those goals. You can also find inspiration on ways to take action on climate change (that could potentially be scaled up to a community level) at changeforclimate.ca. Please note that the City is currently updating the Community Energy Transition Strategy to align with the international target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Please visit the Energy Transition Strategy Update website to stay informed of these changes. Emphasis is on projects that take action on climate change at a community level, by mitigating our impact and/or preparing and adapting Edmonton to a changing climate. Successful projects will work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy use, reduce waste and consumption, focus on energy efficiency, generation of renewable energy, electrification of transportation, transit, promote active transportation, and other actions that promote sustainable and low-carbon lifestyles. Projects that help Edmontonians and their communities prepare for and adapt to a changing climate, promote education, awareness and climate preparedness, will also be given preference. Proposals that work to increase community resilience could include projects such as low impact development, urban heat island reduction measures (e.g., green roof), increased energy resilience (e.g., district energy systems, backup power), and/or  functional public art (e.g., capture rainwater, provide shade, block wind).

Infrastructure Acceleration Grant

Energy Transition & Climate Change Adaptation Acceleration Grants support urban low-carbon infrastructure solutions that demonstrate significant reductions in greenhouse gases and/or support climate resilience through projects that are replicable and scalable across the region.

Projects should either reduce emissions directly through the deployment of renewable energy systems, building retrofits, energy efficiency and conservation, electrification of transportation, or work towards increasing a communities climate resilience and minimizing the exposure of people and community assets to the impacts of climate change. Creative solutions that directly reduce emissions by promoting active transportation, consumption reduction and climate change preparedness will be welcomed. Preference will be given to projects that go beyond infrastructure solutions to include a formal outreach program, a capacity and/or skills building component for the community, and/or include measures that accelerate reproducibility or scalability in a manner that can be quantified/demonstrated. An element of education is an asset.

Initiatives must be able to project a measurable reduction in greenhouse gases and/or climate change preparedness. The lifetime emissions reductions anticipated must be calculated in terms of tonnes of CO2 reduced/avoided and compared to both the overall costs of the project and to the amount of grant dollars requested (i.e. dollar per tonne of CO2 reduced). For climate change adaptation measures, the impact must be demonstrated by how the project reduces exposure and increases adaptive capacity of citizens to changing temperatures, changing precipitation, changing weather extremes and changing ecosystems

Maximum grant amount: $50,000

Community Action Grant

Community Climate Action Grants support projects that bring residents together to take action on climate change, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and help them prepare for and adapt to a changing climate and its extreme events. Projects should help to engage diverse stakeholders, mobilize communities, and create community capacity to reduce emissions and/or prepare residents to climate change.  Grants will be used to support projects that build climate resilience through mitigation and/or adaptation, while generating community benefits such as improved public health, local job generation, increased mobility, connectedness, etc.

Projects should be able to demonstrate a pathway to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change.

Initiatives that address resilient plantings, community gardens, or other elements of permaculture are not eligible under this grant.  Learn more about how the City of Edmonton supports community gardens and permaculture activities.

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

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 guidance document CG-027 – Public policy dialogue and development activities by charities.

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The EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program will not be offered in 2021. In its place the Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program is offering funding for urban climate solutions in Edmonton. Learn more here.

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