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.

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.

A+ for Energy Inside Education is continuing the A+ for Energy program allowing teacher’s energy projects to become a reality. Apply for grants up to $5,000 per project. Deadline for applying is in May 11th, 2018.

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 an ongoing grant program designed to help Canadians connect with and support nature in a variety of ways. This can include creating or improving wildlife habitat (gardens, shoreline cleanups, etc.) and learning about wildlife and wild places (BioBlitzes, soil or pond studies, etc.). Annually, this program provides grants of $250 to numerous projects across Canada.

Edmonton Community Foundation Young Edmonton Grant Edmonton Community Foundation has money dedicated to funding the projects of young Edmonton and area residents. The key to a successful application is an activity that is initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. Individuals (or groups), between the ages of 13 and 24 years, can receive funding to make their idea a reality.

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 October, 2017.

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 (they will provide up to 50% of the funds). Currently accepting proposals (until May 31st, 2018). 

Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation - bring the FREE Recyclers presentation to your school and show your Grade 4 students just how much fun beverage container recycling can be. This complete program includes a full classroom presentation, incentives, and all the beverage container recycling infrastructure you’ll need.

Tree Canada CN EcoConnexions - up to $25,000 for: urban forests, school greening, transforming community spaces, traffic calming and safety, naturalized areas, park creation or restoration


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 February 15th, 2018 and two groups will be selected for a two-day learning through experience trip either - one to Nordegg and the other 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).

Climate and Environment Student Action Challenge Do you have an idea or project that could reduce the environmental footprint of your school? Alberta Environment and Parks could help make this happen. K-12 students are invited to submit their project that will address climate change or the environment for a chance to win one of 10 grants (maximum of $1000). Deadline October 31, 2017.

Caring for Our Watersheds What can you do to improve your watershed? Research your local watershed and suggest a solution for an environmental concern. Cash prizes are awarded for the top 10 finalists. With your entry, you are also eligible to apply for project implementation funds (anyone that enters can apply for this funding). Deadline are in the spring - Southern Alberta, March 22 - Central Alberta, April 11, 2018.

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.

Great Waters Challenge Join students in grades 4-12, and youth clubs across Canada for a gamified way to learn about water in your community! Teams will show the country how water has influenced their community, in a competition to win exciting field trip and other prizes! Registration closes October 16th, 2017!

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 honours 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 (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.

The Duke of Edinbugh's International Award is an inclusive self-development program available to ALL young people between the ages of 14-24. The Award is designed to as either an individual programs and/or as a complimentary program that works with schools and existing community organizations to foster community engagement and leadership opportunities. The Award is completed in three levels with four components - service, skill development, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Information and contacts for Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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.