EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

March 28, 2016

The City of Edmonton and Alberta Ecotrust are partnering to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation.

We believe that protecting and improving the environment within Edmonton’s borders is a shared responsibility. Through EcoCity Edmonton, citizens can learn about Edmonton’s environmental vision, find inspiration to take action in their community, and apply for a grant to help get ideas off the ground.

Grant Streams

EcoCity Edmonton offers three grant streams: Energy Transition Acceleration Grants, Community Engagement Grants, and Community Mobilization Grants. Projects that specifically address the issues of climate change and sustainable energy systems are given preference to other proposals.

  • Energy Transition Acceleration Grants support projects that result in substantial environmental benefits related to climate change and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Projects should demonstrate greenhouse gas reductions. Maximum grant amount is $50,000.
  • Community Mobilization Grants support community-based projects which have the potential to mobilize large amounts of citizens through positive environmental action. Maximum grant amount is $20,000.
  • Community Engagement Grants support community-based projects that typically focus on local opportunities for change through stewardship and education. Maximum grant amount is $7,500.

Issue Priorities

  • Climate Change & Energy: Projects that focus on energy literacy, clean energy generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, active transportation, or promoting sustainable and low carbon lifestyles.
  • Nature & Land Use: Projects that focus on the restoration of natural areas, enhancement of ecological function, connecting citizens with nature, or sustainable urban food systems.
  • Water: Projects that focus on improvement of the water quality and riparian areas in the North Saskatchewan River and other rivers and streams within city boundaries.
  • Air: Projects that focus on the atmosphere and improvement of Edmonton's air quality.

Timeline for Applications


  • Application Portal Open: March 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline: March 28, 2016
  • Decision-Making: Mid-April, 2016