Grants Contests 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 delighted to announce that we are proudly carrying on the legacy of A+ for Energy, the award-winning energy education grant program founded by BP Canada. The A+ for Energy program aims to provide schools funding to implement creative approaches to energy education. This is your chance to receive a grant of up to $5000 to transform ideas into action! Deadline for applying is in April/May.

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 STEM School 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. Deadline to apply is in the spring of each year.

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.

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.

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. Deadline May each year.

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) opens in the fall of each year.

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. Applications open in the fall of each year.

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.


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 December 1st, 2017 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).

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 Open for any grade 7, 8 and 9 class to win a trip to one of Canada's national parks (locations vary each year). Offered by Parks Canada in collaboration with My Parks Pass partners. Submitted in February with a voting process in March and a final judging process to select the winners.

The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta Art Contest  Each year provides a new theme and cash prizes are awarded to the top three entries.  Deadline is March of each year.

Superpower Your School Contest Staples Canada in collaboration with Earth Day Canada offer this contest each year and schools are asked to share their innovative environmental efforts. Share your story and you be 1 of 10 schools to receive $10,000 in the latest technology from Staples.

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.

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 Edinburgh'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.