Grants, Contests, & Awards

Last updated: July. 26, 2022

Upcoming Dates 

Calgary Foundation Neighbour Grants support projects that help people build their sense of inclusive belonging. Common projects include building gathering spaces, such as community gardens or naturalized areas. Amount: Up to $7500. Deadline: August 10, 2022. 


Jan-June Deadlines

ATA Educational Trust Bursaries and Grants Program supports teachers in attending professional development workshops and events, specialist council conferences, and enrolment in courses of study to advance their knowledge and teaching skills. Amount: $500-$700. Deadline: May each year for courses.

Canada Post Community Foundation Grants provide funding for school programs that benefit children. Amount: Variable. Deadline: March each 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. Amount: Up to $5000. Deadline: Spring each year.

The Earth Steward Teaching Awards recognizes exemplary contributions to sustainability education. Prizes: $1000 to the two winning teachers (one in elementary and one in secondary), as well as $1000 to each winner's school to be put towards a sustainability action project. Deadline: May. 

Inside Education: A+ for Energy provides grants for projects focused on energy and GHG emission reduction. Amount: Up to $5000. Deadline: May each year. 

Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant honours the positive impact former Mayor Jack Leslie had on the city and the environment, providing funding to youth in Calgary who are planning an environmental project. Amount: $1000. Deadline: January each year.

Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF):  Action Project Funding 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 local sustainability issues. Amount: up to $500. Deadline: January each year.  

Nature Canada's Women for Nature Young Leaders Grant is for young people (under 30) to develop and implement a youth-led, community-based project centered around nature and sustainability in Canada to celebrate the role that nature plays in our Canadian culture and identity. Amount: $1000. Deadline: February each year

Nutrients for Life and Inside Education School Garden Grants provide funding for schools to start or expand on indoor and outdoor gardens. Schools can apply to complete a two-year Learning Garden project, or a one-year School Garden project. Amount: $3000 for two-year projects, $500 for one-year projects. Deadline: March each year. 

TreeCanada: Greening Canada's School Grounds provides grants to green school grounds. Amount: Up to $3500. Deadline: March each year. 

World of 7 Billion: Student Video Contest is open to all middle and high school students worldwide. Students can create a video concentrating on preserving biodiversity, sustainable resource use, or protecting human rights. Participating teachers receive free curriculum resources from Population Education, and the student winners receive cash prizes. Deadline: February each year

Sept-Dec Deadlines

Alberta Environment and Parks: Environmental Student Action Challenge invites Alberta students from kindergarten to grade 12 to develop a school-based initiative or project that will minimize human impacts to the environment or help address climate change. Up to $15,000 of total funding will be awarded. Amount: Up to $1000. Deadline: September/October each year.

Aspen Foundation for Labour Education: Aspen Grants offers grants to support projects that promote student engagement in social justice. Projects with environmental and social justice connections can also be funded. Amount: Up to $1500. Deadline: December each year. 

ATA Educational Trust Bursaries and Grants Program supports teachers in attending professional development workshops and events, specialist council conferences, and enrolment in courses of study to advance their knowledge and teaching skills. Amount: $500-$700. Deadline: September each year for professional development and conferences.

City of St. Albert Environmental Initiatives Grant Program is a fun and easy way to encourage sustainability projects that align with the City of St. Albert’s Environmental Master Plan. Since the grant program was launched in 2007, 138 community projects have received funding! Deadline: October 6, 2022

The Eco Youth Award Program recognizes youth and provides financial aid to implement or enhance projects with an environmental focus. Youth may use a current project or propose a new project to enter the award competition. The project may cover any environmental topic and may include (but is not limited to): climate change, water, air, waste and recycling, soil, transportation, food, energy, etc. Amount: Variable. Deadline: December each year. 

Government of Canada: Climate Action Fund for Canadian youth between the ages of 15 and 30 for activities that support climate change education. Amount: Variable. Deadline: September each year.

Jane Goodall: 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. Amount: Variable. Deadline: September each year. 

World Wildlife Fund: Go Wild School Grants support community, classroom, and school initiatives related to wildlife conservation across Canada. Amount: Up to $7000. Deadline: November each year. 

Multiple Deadlines Per Year & Year-Round Grants

Alberta Ecotrust: Major Projects & 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. Amount: up to $7500 for community projects & $30 000 for major grants. Deadline: Fall and Spring each year. 

Alberta Emerald Youth Grants invites young people under the age of 25 to binge-watch Sharing Stories content and participate in conversations with the support of study guides. Once they have completed their viewing, they are invited to pitch an environmental group project inspired by what they saw for the chance to receive a grant. Amount: $750. Deadline: Grant applications are assessed monthly and funds will be released within 4 weeks of approval.

Alberta Agriculture Education contains resources about starting a school garden and a list of funding opportunities.

Alberta Recycling Management Authority: Recycling Roundup for Schools and Non-Profit Groups, Electronics Recycling Program! Apply to hold a roundup and raise funds with the electronics you collect. Roundup electronic recycling from students and families in the school community. The recycling will then be picked up from a location in the school, which makes it easier for families as they can send old electronics to the school instead of having to drop it off at the landfill recycling. 

Calgary Foundation Neighbour Grants support projects that help people build their sense of inclusive belonging. Common projects include building gathering spaces, such as community gardens or naturalized areas. Amount: Up to $7500. Deadline: Multiple deadlines year-round. 

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Action Challenge Contest is open to all students, clubs, community groups, and families. Complete environmental actions to earn points and compete with groups across Alberta! Examples of actions include environmental education, community clean ups, writing to local MP/MLA, posting recycling/composting posters around the school and community, fundraising for an environmental organization, planting a garden, etc.
Prizes: $500 Grand Prize, $300 Runner Up. Deadline: Two rounds: Sept-Dec and Jan-June.(will be available again in the fall of 2022)

Edmonton Community Foundation: Young Edmonton Grants funds projects by youth in Edmonton. 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. Amount: $500-3000. Deadline: Oct. 15, Feb. 15, & May 15 each year depending on when project will occur. 

The Educational Partnership Foundation Environmental Action Program will grant up to $1000 for schools running student-led projects and programs that make a measurable impact on energy use reduction or the natural environment. Deadline: Submissions can be made year-round.

The FortisAlberta greenUp Grant program is designed to help create or enhance an environmental program for students. They offer grants for schools to implement an environmental education program. All schools in their service area are eligible to apply. Amount: $1000 Deadline: Year-round

FortisAlberta launched its Save Energy Grant program to support municipalities, including schools and businesses within its service territory. The company will disburse grants to assist with a variety of energy efficiency initiatives. These grants range depending on the amount requested and the total cost of the project. Amount: $1000-$5000. Deadline: Year-round

The Education Partnership Foundation: Environmental Actions Program will provide grants for schools each year running student-led projects and programs that make a measurable impact on energy use reduction or the natural environment.  Amount: $1000. Deadline: No deadline. Schools can apply year-round, and each application funded needs to use the funding within the school year that they received it. 

Honda Canada Foundation: Grants provide funding for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and other, tax exempt, national institutions in the fields of family, environment, engineering and education. Amount: 1.5 million+ funds disbursed annually. Deadline: Year-round. 

Solar for Schools Program is a program provided by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre that provides rebates to Alberta School Boards who install photovoltaic systems (PV) on their school. Amount: Varies depend on size of the solar system. Deadline: Year-round.

The Nature Calgary Education Grant funds projects in Calgary schools to appreciate, observe, study and respect nature in the Calgary area. This grant supports schools in the City of Calgary that require financial aid for a project that teaches students to appreciate, observe, study and respect nature and the outdoors in Calgary and area. Amount: up to $1000 Deadline: Applications are accepted throughout the year and schools can apply for the funding once per school year. Currently the program is suspended.

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grants support projects in a variety of areas, including schoolyard greening, community gardens, recycling and composting. Amount: $2000-$8000. Deadline: January and July each year.


Aiming for Action Contest, in partnership with Earth Day Canada, EcoSchools, and others, provides funding and other prizes to help support environmental projects for youth age 14-30. Amount: $500 for 14-18 year category, $1500 for 19-30 category. Deadline: January-February each year.

Alberta Envirothon Competition involves teams competing about their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition tests teamwork, problem solving, and public speaking skills. It also showcases career opportunities. Registration deadline: Spring. Competition dates: May or June.

Alberta Recreation & Parks Association: JOY in Nature Contest 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? Enter for your group to be selected for a two-day learning through experience trip to Jasper National Park! Deadline: November each year (on hold due to COVID). 

Caring for Our Watersheds What can you do to improve your watershed? Students in grades 7-12 can win $1,000 for themselves and their school with an idea that would improve their watershed. Students research their local watershed and write a proposal outlining a SMART project. 10 finalists present their ideas at a Final Competition and take home cash prizes. Everyone who enters is eligible for implementation funding. Open to schools across Alberta. Deadline: Written proposals are due in late March every year.

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge offered by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic, 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). Students complete challenges for the chance to win prizes for their class.

Earth Sciences Canada: Where Challenge is a national contest 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? Learn about careers in geoscience, the mining industry, the environment, and the three Rs. There are $10 000 worth of cash prizes to be won by classrooms. Deadline: Fall each year. 

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: March each year.

FOCUS! Climate Change Student Video Competition is open for students in Grade 7-12. Awards of Excellence will be recognized in the following categories: Live Action/Narrative Fiction, Documentary or Public Service Announcement, Animation/Stop Animation/Claymation/Hand Drawings Videography, and Music Video. Competition opens September each year. 

GreenLearning Challenges offer a wide variety of learning units in varying topics for Grades 3-12. Challenges explore energy efficiency, climate policy, flooding, renewable energy, and circular economies. Amount: 1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250. 

Parks Canada: 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. Deadline: February, with a voting process in March and a final judging process to select the winners. 

SEEDS Connections: Green Schools Program allows schools to record the number of environmental projects their students participate in. Schools who complete 100 projects become recognized as a Green School, and may go on to achieve Jade Status (250), Emerald Status (500) and Earth School Status (1000). 

Staples Canada & Earth Day Canada: Superpower Your School Contest each year schools who take eco-initiatives can share their story enter for the chance to be 1 of 10 schools to receive $20 000 worth of technology to help superpower your school. Amount: $20 000 in green technology. Deadline: January each year.

Trust for Sustainable Living 2020 International Schools Essay Competition & Debate students age 7-17 are invited to write an essay to share their dreams about the potential of partnerships to help achieve a more sustainable future. Students and Teacher Champions who participate in the essay competition will be eligible to participate in a National Debate on the same theme in Spring 2020, leading to an International Online Debate and Teacher Champions Exchange in Summer 2020. Prizes: There are prizes for all debate participants, finalists, and a grand prize winner. Deadline: December 20, 2019 for essay entries. Registration opens Sept. 2019. 

 World of 7 Billion: Student Video Contest is open to all middle and high school students worldwide. Students can create a video concentrating on preserving biodiversity, sustainable resource use, or protecting human rights. Participating teachers receive free curriculum resources from Population Education, and the student winners receive cash prizes. Deadline: February each year. 

Awards for Students

The Alberta Emerald Foundation: Emerald Awards provides awards to youth, classrooms, schools, and school boards for leadership and creativity in addressing environmental matters. 

Canadian Schools Take Action to Change Climate Change celebrates the impact schools have on our youth, in our communities, and in helping to changing our world. Open to all schools in Canada offering K-12 education. Program launches September each year. 

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.

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, 25 winners from across North America. Half of each year's winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Nomination deadline is in April. 

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.

Student Climate Changemakers is open to students in Grades 7-12. Awards of Excellence will be given in the following categories: Environmental Action, Inspiring Change, Social Technology Development (apps, learning games, etc). Program launches September each year. 

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.

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.

The Calgary Awards are presented each year to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians, and include the Environmental Achievement Awards.

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

Climate Change Educational Leaders (Teachers) recognizes Excellence in Environmental Education, Communication, and Inspiration by Canada's amazing teachers. Open to teachers Grades K-12. Program launches September each year. 

Global Environmental and Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) of the ATA gives awards for environmental excellence each year.

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.

Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program (Teachers) is a professional development opportunity awarded to pre-K-12 teachers. An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions’ voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience.