• The Highway 2 chat that could change your life
  • New grants have sprung
  • Save the date

Winter is finally coming to an end this week in Alberta.

Spring has sprung, and new grants are popping up everywhere.


I’ve been driving Highway 2 a lot in the past few months.

During these drives, I think a lot.

And when I get up early, I like to make calls to my friends and family in the Maritimes (three hours ahead, so 6am in Alberta is 9am there).

I called an entrepreneur friend of mine out there. His business is on fire, and he was telling me about the impact his company is having on the market place.

He offers lower prices and uses technology to develop superior service than his old-school competitors.

GRANT TIP: If your technology does something disruptive like that, you want to ensure you present that nice and clean when you meet the grant agency. You can learn how we do it here: http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/blog/2018/3/24/three-steps-to-winning-in-the-grant-tank?rq=three-steps%20to%20winning%20in%20the%20grant%20tank

Follow that system and you will stand out at the grant agency. I guarantee.


He then started to ask about my business.

“What’s going on,” he said?

Like many Maritimers, he is an excellent conversationalist.

“It’s going ok,” I said.

“Come on man give me the beans,” he said.

I said, “Look. I love writing grants. Big complicated grants with difficult subject matter is what we do. You put me and any of my writers in this space, and we thrive.”

But what I’ve learned after nearly five years in the grant business is that we serve a very niche group of people. And I will continue to do that. I absolutely love it. If you’re really bored, you can check out what some of our big dog customers say about us here: http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/testimonials/.

But after five years in grants, I have learned a lot about grants.

What to do. What not to do.

“So what are you saying?” he asked getting a bit impatient.

“I just wish I could help more people.”

“Then do it,” he blurted.

You see I got into grants to help entrepreneurs start and growt their businesses. I have a political science and business background. It’s sort of rare. Most people either work for government or for business.

The phone went silent.

“I’ve got an idea,” I said.

I then went on to explain what I can do to help more people interested in grants. He gave me some great ideas that will help people too.

I’m going to deliver something that the grant world has never seen. You watch. Save the date for May 10, 2018 at 11am. That’s all for now, but if you are in to grants, I guarantee it will blow your socks off. Can you tell I’m a grant writer and not a marketer? Lol.


Have you seen these two MAJOR Grant competitions?

Low Carbon Economy Challenge | Government of Canada:


  • For the Champions stream, no less than $1 million and no more than $50 million per project
  • For the Partnerships stream, no less than $1 million and no more than $10 million per project


The Low Carbon Economy Challenge is part of the Low Carbon Economy Fund. It will leverage Canadian ingenuity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean growth in support of Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The Challenge consists of two streams (Champions and Partnerships), to ensure a wide range of applicants are able to participate in contributing towards Canada’s 2030 emission reduction target. The streams will be launched separately. The Champion stream was launched on March 14, 2018, and the Partnerships stream will be launched later in 2018.


Champions stream:

  • Regional, local, municipal, provincial and territorial governments
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments, communities or organizations
  • Public sector bodies and boards
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Private sector, for-profit organizations

Partnerships stream:

  • Regional, local and municipal governments with populations of 99,999 or below
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit government, communities or organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Private sector for-profit small and medium businesses with 1 to 499 employees

Eligible Activities:

Eligible activities considered for funding under the Challenge must be based on the implementation of specific activities/technologies that have demonstrated effectiveness in obtaining direct GHG emissions reductions. As such, research activities or more general projects, such as those aiming to build capacity or educate Canadians will not be considered.


  • Champions stream: Expression of Interest due May 14, 2018
  • Partnerships stream: Currently closed. Future deadline to be determined

Contact: Low Carbon Economy Challenge | ec.lcef-fefec.ec@canada.ca

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/climate-change/low-carbon-economy-fund/challenge-applicant-guide.html

Industrial Efficiency Challenge | Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA):

Value: Up to $10 million per project, to a maximum of 50% of a project’s eligible expenses.


Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is making $35 million in funding available to help accelerate the deployment and adoption of leading technologies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve cost competitiveness across Alberta’s industrial sectors. This funding will support Alberta’s large emitters subject to the Carbon Competitiveness Incentive Regulation (CCIR).

Examples of potential areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Process improvements (combustion, catalysts, water treatment, etc.)
  • High efficiency equipment (motors, pumps, compressors, etc.)
  • Waste heat utilization and low carbon industrial heat
  • Fuel switching, electrification, and alternative feedstocks
  • Digital optimization and automation
  • Industrial carbon conversion/utilization
  • Industrial transportation and logistical optimization


  • Technology developers
  • Industry
  • Industrial associations
  • Small and medium sized enterprises
  • R&D organizations
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Government research labs
  • Individuals

Eligible Expenses:

  • Salaries and benefits
  • Administrative and overhead expenses directly related to the project
  • Fixed assets
  • Attendance at conferences to a maximum of $2,500
  • Travel expenses

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta | 780-417-1920 | info@eralberta.ca

Website: http://www.eralberta.ca/apply-for-funding/era-industrial-efficiency-challenge/

Important Upcoming Dates

Massive grant conference: June 6 to 8, 2018 in Calgary: https://albertainnovates.ca/inventure-international-advisory-group-to-shape-alberta-innovates-new-flagship-innovation-experience/

Grant event of the year: May 10 @ 11am. Save the date

Have an awesome week!



Don’t Wait! Download our “Three Steps to Winning a Government Grant” PDF here – http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/