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Grants Available for Youth Organized Environmental Projects

YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT GRANTS

The Alberta Emerald Foundation believes in inspiring the next generation of eco-heroes by supporting Alberta’s young people (aged 25 and under) in their environmental efforts. With funds from founding program sponsors, and other sponsors and individual donors, the Alberta Emerald Foundation provides micro-grants of up to $500 to youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects and initiatives. The Alberta Emerald Foundation intends to allocate over 100 Youth Environmental Engagement Grants each year.

Special thanks to this year’s program sponsors:

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HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

To assist with the costs associated with environmental engagement activities, schools, classrooms, and community groups are invited to apply for a micro-grant of up to $500.

Applications can be submitted in the following categories:

GREEN BUILDERS

For the development of new green spaces, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones. Includes community gardens, outdoor classrooms, and urban naturalization projects.

GREEN SCHOLARS

For educational experiences that result in environmental learning, inspiration, and personal/professional development. Includes presentations, experiments, field trips

GREEN CARETAKERS (PRESENTED BY ABCRC)

For the creation of new recycling or composting programs, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.

GREEN ENERGIZERS (PRESENTED BY ALTALINK)

For the initiation of renewable energy or energy conservation projects, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.

GREEN GUARDIANS

For the protection and/or restoration and/or maintenance of natural habitats and areas.

 

Please Note:

There are two annual granting periods: August – December and January – June. Successful applicants will receive a first cheque of (up to) $300.  A second cheque of $200 will be issued once the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives a follow-up report about the project. Status reports must be received within three months of the project start date.

Only group projects will be considered.  The project or initiative must be led or targeted at individuals who are aged 25 years and under.

Grant applications will be reviewed monthly.  Funds will be allocated to those projects that best support the goals of the program.

Grants will only be distributed to future projects, and cannot be backdated. 

A maximum of two grants will be issued to each school/organization per year. Applicants may submit their second proposal once their follow-up report from their first project has been received and approved by the Alberta Emerald Foundation. 

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