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Many schools are excluded from hands-on environmental learning opportunities due to lack of funds and knowledge about the availability and diversity of environmental grants.  In an effort to increase participation and access to environmental projects, this area on the EnviroMatters website is dedicated to highlighting different grant and funding opportunities, both locally and across Canada.

This page is a growing resource outlining different types and varieties of contest and grant applications, for schools and departments that may require them. 

Alberta EcoTrust Grant

The heart of Alberta Ecotrust's work is supporting the people and projects that effectively address Alberta's most pressing environmental issues.  This is accomplished by making rants to enable Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions.

For more information visit: www.albertaecotrust.com 

Alberta Emerald Foundation

For the past 25 years, The Alberta Emerald Foundation has recognized, celebrated and inspired environmental excellence through their programs, the Emerald Awards, Emerald Days and the Youth Environmental Engagement Grant.  

For more information visit: www.emeraldfoundation.ca 

Atco Gas Sponsorship and Donations

By developing meaningful partnerships with not-for-profit organizations and donating time, expertise and financial support, ATCO Gas helps to create healthy, vibrant communities throughout Alberta.

For more information visit: www.atcogas.com 

BP Canada A+ for Energy Grant

BP's A+ for Energy program awards Alberta and Northwest Territories teachers grants of up to $10,000 to help them bring creative energy education projects to life in the classroom.

For more information visit: www.bp.com 

Caring for our Watersheds Student Program

The Caring for our Watersheds Program is an environmental program open to students from grades 7-12.  Students answer the question "What can you do to help improve your watershed?" in a 1000 word proposal.  Classroom presentations and additional resources are all free to schools.  Finalists can win up to $1000 for themselves and their school; there is also implementation funding for students who would like to turn their idea into reality.

Additional details and resources are available at http://caringforourwatersheds.com/

City of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton offers a broad range of grants and funding opportunities each year, with specific grants for sustainability related projects.

For more information visit: www.edmonton.ca 

Conoco Phillips Canada School Environmental Quest

ConocoPhillips Canada's School Environmental Quest supports education and environment in local communities. Since 2007, this annual program helps fund schools to create environmental activities and programs and enhancing existing ones.

For more information visit: www.conocophillips.com 

Edmonton Community Play Space Program

The Community Play Space Program supports the creation or redevelopment of public use community playgrounds and parks in greater Edmonton. The program is intended as a small source of assistance that may leverage matching funds from a wide variety of other sources.

For more information visit: www.ecfoundation.org 

Environment Canada

Environment Canada offers funding through various Grants and Contributions programs. These programs offer funding to eligible groups, organizations and individuals for local action projects that protect or conserve our natural environment and to create employment opportunities for young scientists and post-secondary graduates seeking hands-on training.

For more information visit: www.ec.gc.ca 

Evergreen Learning & School Ground Greening Grants

Evergreen is one of Canada's leading funders of community and school greening projects. In addition to funding, we also provide training, design and maintenance advice, and a range of resources to ensure the success of your project.

For more information visit: www.evergreen.ca 

Gloria Baron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates outstanding young leaders. Each year the Barron Prize honors 25 inspiring young people who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet.

For more information visit: www.barronprize.org 

Go Wild School Grants

The Go Wild School Grants Program is a nationwide granting program targeting elementary students, teachers, classrooms, and schools from grades K-8. Ideas can take place either in or outside of school.

Teachers, students, and parents/guardians of students are welcome to share their ideas!

For more information visit: www.wwf.ca

Nexen Community Investment Program

Nexen’s ReachOut community investment program helps strengthen local communities through Giving, Matching and Helping.

For more information visit: www.nexeninc.com 

Shell Canada Environment Fund

The Shell Environmental Fund (SEF) helps groups make a positive contribution to the environment and local community. The Shell Environmental Fund provides financial support for grass roots, action-oriented projects that improve and protect the Canadian environment.

For more information visit: www.shell.ca 

Suncor Community Investment and Suncor Energy Foundation

Suncor is committed to fostering sustainable communities through community investments and the Suncor Energy Foundation.  Suncor supports non-profit activities and events through sponsorships and non-charitable donations: financial assistance, in-kind contributions, product donations and event sponsorships.

For more information visit: www.suncor.com 


Each year, Syncrude invests more than $6 million to community organizations working to make a difference. Whether it’s investing in local infrastructure, providing scholarships at educational institutions or opening the doors to learning, Syncrude is committed to making a difference in local communities.

Canada For more information visit: www.syncrude.ca 

TD Scholarship for Community Leadership

Twenty TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are awarded to students in their last year of high school, who have demonstrated leadership in improving their community.  The TD Scholarships for Community Leadership are designed to recognize the achievements of youth who are making a difference and help them realize their educational goals.

For more information visit: www.td.com/scholarship 

Tree Canada Grants

Tree Canada develops programs in partnership with the private and public sectors, communities and individual Canadians, to maintain a healthy environment through sustaining urban and rural forests.

For more information on programs and grants visit: www.treecanada.ca


Do you know of additional funding opportunities that should be featured here? Contact us at EnviroMatters