Our grant database continues to grow, which means more grants for you.

Seems like twice a week new funding is being announced.

Did you see this one? http://eralberta.ca/apply-for-funding/era-industrial-efficiency-challenge/

This week I want to share with you a handful of green grants.

You will find grants from waste water to hiring.

If you are in the environmental space, it would be worth your while to learn what is out there.

You can contact our grant researcher David at davidk@albertabusinessgrants.ca to learn how we can quickly find all your grants.

Note the wide range of organizations that provide funding as well.


Value: Up to $1 million

Description:  Projects supported through WIP fall under four key themes: (1) future water supply and watershed management; (2) healthy aquatic ecosystems; (3) water use conservation, efficiency, and productivity; and (4) water quality protection.  WIP funds research projects in support of safe, secure drinking water, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy.

Deadline: Ongoing

ContactVicki.Lightbown@albertainnovates.ca, 780.638.4343



Value: Up to $150,000

Description:  The Applied Research and Development (ARD) Grants are intended to provide companies that operate from a Canadian base access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and to train students in essential technical skills required by companies. The mutually beneficial collaborations are expected to result in economic benefits to the company and/or Canada.


Details on eligibility vary, but information can be found at http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/orgpartners-orgpartenaires_eng.asp.

For ARD applications requesting up to $75,000 per year, the eligible company partner(s) must contribute at least half of the grant amount in cash and/or in-kind—of which at least half (i.e., 25% of the requested grant amount) must be in cash. For example, if the college requests $75,000 annually, the annual total company contributions must be at least $37,500, of which a minimum of $18,750 must be in cash.

For ARD applications requesting between $75,000 and $150,000 per year, the eligible company partner(s) must contribute at least the equivalent of the amount requested in CCI support, in cash and/or in kind—of which at least 40% must be in cash. For example, if the college requests $150,000 annually, the annual total company contributions must be at least $150,000, of which a minimum of $60,000 must be in cash.

Deadline:  Ongoing



Value: Varies

Description:  If your business or non-profit organization is looking to reduce its environmental footprint or increase sustainability, you can apply for a wage subsidy to hire an eligible youth.


  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities)
  • For-profit organizations

Eligible employers must:

  • Offer meaningful work experience
  • Offer a 4 to 6 month term
  • Pay a portion of the youth’s salary

Eligible participants must:

  • Be eligible to be a part of the Green Corps
  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • Not be a full-time student or co-op student

Additional restrictions do apply.

Eligible Expenses:  A wage subsidy for the duration of your Green Corps participant’s employment at your organization.

Deadline: Ongoing



Value: Varies

Description:  If you are a business owner, you are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant on projects that contribute to water quality or climate change.

Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive environmental results related to clean water or climate change.

Priority will be given to proposals that achieve one of the following environmental results:

  • Clean water: Canadians contribute to coastal and fresh water quality and conservation
  • Climate change:
  • Mitigation: Canadians contribute to reduced emissions
  • Adaptation: Canadians adapt to current and future climate change impacts


Non-profit groups working on projects focused on coastal and fresh water quality and conservation, or reduced emissions or adaptation to current and future climate change impacts may be eligible for funding. Eligible organizations include:

  • Environmental groups
  • Community groups
  • Youth and seniors’ groups
  • Community-based associations
  • Service clubs
  • Indigenous organizations

Deadline:  Currently closed. Future deadline to be determined.



Value: Varies according to province, see https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/damages-fund/available-funds.html

Description:  You are encouraged to partner with an eligible group to obtain funding that could cover up to 100% of eligible project costs.

Projects must address one or more of the Fund’s priority areas:

  • Restoration of natural environments
  • Environmental quality improvement
  • Research of environmental damages and development of solutions
  • Education and awareness


Both large and small groups are eligible to apply for funding through the EDF program. Eligible groups include:

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Universities and academic institutions
  • Aboriginal groups
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments

Ineligible groups are encouraged to partner with eligible groups to apply for funding. Ineligible groups include:

  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Federal governments and agencies

Offenders are not eligible to apply directly, or to partner with eligible groups, for fines or monetary payments they have made that were directed to the EDF.

Eligible Expenses: 

  • Human resources, including salaries and benefits
  • Travel and field costs
  • Material and supplies
  • Equipment and vehicle rentals as well as operational costs
  • Overhead and/or administrative costs

Deadline: Varies according to province (2018 deadline for Alberta has passed).



If you are working with waste water, you may eligible for grant money.

There is free money out there, but you will never get a grant if you don’t apply.

The first step is to take a survey and determine if you qualify for grants. If you do, we will contact you and help you take your business to the next level.  Visit us at http://albertabusinessgrants.ca/needs-assessment.