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Shovel Ready Challenge | Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)


Minimum request of $2 million up to $15 million


Emissions Reduction Alberta’s new $150 million Shovel-Ready Challenge provides vital financial support to companies ready to implement leading-edge technologies in applications for both greenfield and brownfield operations. This will result in operational efficiencies, cost and emissions reductions, new investment, job creation and retention, and address longer-term environmental sustainability priorities. Successful applicants are eligible for up to $15 million with a minimum request of $2 million.

This Call consists of two funding streams:

  • STREAM 1 — Greenfield Projects
    Construction of new facilities and operations, as well as major expansions and new production lines at existing facilities.
  • STREAM 2 — Brownfield Projects
    Improvements to existing facilities and operations, including efficiency upgrades, technology retrofits, process improvements, and fuel switching opportunities.

Eligible Applicants

This Call is open to all categories of lead applicant, including technology developers, industry operators, industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), municipalities, and others. Applicant organizations and partners are not required to be located in Alberta. However, all projects must include the site host (building owner, facility operator, etc.) as project lead or a significant partner.

Eligible Expenses

  • Salaries, employee benefits and labour costs
  • Indirect and administrative expenses

For detailed information, click here: Eligible Expense and Cost Instructions

Deadline Date

December 22, 2020


Contact Name: Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Phone Number: 780.417.1920

E-mail Address:


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