Grants, Contests and Awards


Alberta Ecotrust: Community and Major Grants Community grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and action. Major Grants are designed to support more comprehensive projects that have the potential to result in substantial environmental benefit. Award amounts range between $7,500 and $30,000 depending on the scope of the project.

ConocoPhillips Canada’s School Environmental Quest ConocoPhillips Canada's School Environmental Quest enables schools to create environmental activities and programs, while enhancing existing ones. Last year, over 100 schools were funded $1,000 each to help students and staff implement educational conservation activities.  The link takes you to the contribution page and on the left hand menu is a link to the online application. Select the School Environmental Quest grant from the drop down menu on the online application.

Evergreen This organization is one of Canada's biggest funders of school and community greening projects. Visit their site for a full listing of available grants.

BP A+ for Energy BP’s A+ for Energy program allows teacher’s energy projects to become a reality. BP invests up to $10,000 per project to bring creative, innovative and engaging ideas to life. Deadline for applying is in April.

TD Friends of the Environment The grants are available to registered charities, educational institutions (including primary, secondary and post-secondary), municipalities and aboriginal groups. The average grant is approximately $2500.00. Applications may be submitted three times per year.

Devon Canada Science Grants Designed to help educators provide strategic, inventive and hands-on science instruction to spark students' interest in science for junior and senior high schools. Grants available for up to $5000. 

Root for Trees Matching Grant The Root for Trees Matching Fund supports communities across the City of Edmonton who are seeking to plant trees in their neighbourhood. Trees and shrubs are available on a value matching basis to address a specific community need and that also builds and benefits the community. Projects must be completed within a 12 month time frame.

EcoLeague Action Project Funding Learning for a Sustainable Future provides funding for students and teachers to engage their school and community in an action project. Funding is available for schools, individual classes, and school groups/clubs. Action projects must be interactive, educational, and address a local sustainability issues. LSF provides up to $400 in EcoLeague funding per school.

WILD Grants Canadian Wildlife Federation offers grants of $250 to help Canadians connect and support nature. This can include creating or improving wildlife habitat, learning about wildlife and wild places. You can apply anytime and grants are processed in the spring and fall.

Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant The Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant recognizes the positive impact Jack Leslie, former Mayor of Calgary, had on the city and the environment, and is awarded to those youth in Calgary who demonstrate that they are continuing his efforts. Projects must include the following: be located in Calgary, directly benefit the environment in Calgary and be planned and implemented by youth.

Alberta Emerald Foundation Youth Environmental Engagement Grants In an effort to support and encourage the grassroot examples of environmental excellence that are taking place in schools throughout Alberta, the Alberta Emerald Foundation and its partners offer a grant program for schools, classrooms or youth groups up to $500 to support their environmental engagement activities. Two granting periods - August to December and January to June with applications reviewed monthly.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada Go Wild School Grants - WWF wants your school to Go Wild for Canada's 150th. How can your school help nature thrive today and for the next 150 years in Canada? Apply for a grant (up to $500) by November 18th, 2016.

The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta offers to a maximum of $1500. Eligible projects are wind turbines, water projects (rain barrel water collection), composting for use in a school/community garden and solar panel projects. Submit no later than March 10, 2017.

Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots Grants use the funding to support a youth-led action project that makes the community better for animals, people and the environment. Deadline is November 15, 2016.

Copernicus Outdoor Education Fund supports school projects with an outdoor environmental education focus up to $1000. Accepting proposals from November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. 


JOY in Nature Are you part of a group (school, youth group or club) of youth between the ages of 13-19? Do you live in Alberta? Does your group spend time in nature? Complete an application by November 16th, 2015 and your group may be selected for a two-day learning through experience trip to Jasper National Park!

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge Offeredy by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic, the Classroom Energy Diet is a competition between Canadian classes from Kindergarten to grade 12 to increase awareness and knowledge about energy use among Canadian students (in both official languages).

Canada's Coolest School Trip Nature Canada is offering the Canada's Coolest School Trip contest for any grade 8/secondary 2 class to enter to win the grand prize that includes a four-day-all-expenses-paid trip to La Maurice National Park and other historic sites in Quebec.

Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest The Staples Canada Recycle for Education Computer Lab Contest in collaboration with Earth Day Canada takes place each year and schools are asked to share what they have done to help the environment. Share your story and you could win 1 of 10 computer labs valued at $25,000 for your school.

Are You Canada's Next Green Journalist? For youth between the ages of 11 to 21. Canada’s Next Green Journalist is an annual competition looking for inspired stories, photos and videos about local environmental issues. The program is offered by Environmental Defense as part of an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Where Challenge The Where Challenge is a national contest endorsed by the Canadian Earth sciences community for students aged 9 – 14. Students are asked to discover answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and Where on Earth does it come from?

Awards for Students

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Each year, ten winners from the U.S. and Canada each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Half of each year's winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Nomination deadline is April 30.

ConocoPhillips Youth of Distinction Award The ConocoPhillips Youth of Distinction Awards (YODA) recognizes Calgary youth, 13-18 years of age, for the remarkable ways in which they have chosen to live. The awards are not academic rather they focus on leadership, friendship, overcoming personal challenge, and community service.

John Muir Award The John Muir Award is an environmental award that encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration. The award is the educational initiative of the John Muir Trust. Four challenges are at the heart of the award – discover, explore, conserve and share.

Awards for Environmental Educators

To advance environmental education, it is important to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of groups and individuals. Please visit the following sites to nominate or view some best practices.

Alberta Emerald Foundation Encourages all Alberta individuals, organizations and corporations to participate in its awards program.

Canadian Excellence in Environmental Education Awards These awards are handed out by EECOM (The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication) in almost a dozen different categories.

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council This council of the ATA gives awards for environmental excellence every year. give our awards yearly to celebrate environmental education excellence.

The Calgary Awards These are presented each year to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians, and include the Environmental Achievement Awards (five different award categories).  Find out more by calling 403-268-8881 or sending an e-mail message to

Greenest School in Canada The Greenest School in Canada competition was launched in 2014 by the Canadian Coalition for Green Schools with the Canadian Green Building Council. These members of the green building industry contribute their time and expertise to supporting Canadian communities in the transformation of their schools.