ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants

Alberta Conservation Association (ACA)

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Deadline: Jan 22, 2021 1:30pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $40,000

Fields of work: Environmental Conservation Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Fisheries

Applicant type: Individuals, Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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At Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), we believe it is our responsibility to join and support the collective effort to conserve, protect and enhance Alberta’s fish, wildlife and habitat. In addition to delivering conservation programs throughout the province, we administer a fund that has been awarding conservation grants since 1997. Funded by the province’s anglers, hunters and other conservationists, ACA’s grants support projects that benefit Alberta’s wildlife and fish populations, and the habitat they depend on.

The ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants aim is to aid Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) in the delivery of its mission. Grants made to partners are intended to enhance and supplement ACA activities.

ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants fund conservation activities by individuals (with appropriate insurance coverage), organizations, and communities that contribute to healthy fish and wildlife populations, to a healthy environment for fish and wildlife in Alberta, and to the understanding, appreciation and use of that environment. This grant program will also fund projects which increase the level of attendance and awareness of outdoor opportunities, while developing knowledge and respect for conservation.

Grants are available for:

  • Projects that meet and further the ACA mission:
    • ACA conserves, protects and enhances fish and wildlife populations and their habitats for Albertans to enjoy, value and use.
  • Projects that contribute to the priorities as outlined in the Giving Preferences section, below. 

All applicants to the ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants should be aware that this grant is fully funded by the hunters and anglers of Alberta.  All proposals should be able to demonstrate how the proposed project will aid ACA in meeting its mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and habitat for all Albertans to enjoy, value and use. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Any organization or individual (with appropriate insurance coverage) may apply to the ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants if they have a suitable project.


  • Priority is given to projects that demonstrate a “self help” attitude,  i.e., partner contributions, matched funding dollars, and public involvement. 
  • To help direct potential applicants the following list of priority areas has been developed. While the ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants will accept applications that do not relate to these suggested areas, projects that address one or more of these priority areas will have a higher probability of being funded than those that do not.
    • Habitat enhancement activities specifically listed on provincial recovery plans for Alberta’s endangered species (to be done in cooperation with recovery teams). 
    • Site specific enhancements of habitat, structures and facilities aimed at increasing recreational angling or hunting opportunities, improving habitat or increasing wildlife/fish productivity on the site (i.e. planting/seeding vegetation, development of new fisheries access sites, nest box initiatives, food plot trials and cover plot trials, spawning bed enhancement, culvert removals, fishing docks, etc.).
    • Stewardship Initiatives (e.g. on-going maintenance of conservation sites or fisheries access sites; adopt a fence; property inspections for invasive weeds; manual weed control; grass mowing).
    • Urban fisheries development, including:
      • initial evaluation of water quality aspects of existing ponds to determine their suitability for fish stocking;
      • purchase of equipment required to ensure suitable water quality for fish stocking (e.g. aeration equipment);
      • fish stocking in public ponds; promotion of an urban fishery (including natural water bodies).
    • Impacts of non-native species on the persistence of native species.
    • Improvements and innovation in matching sportsmen with landowners (e.g. facilitating hunter access to depredating waterfowl, elk and deer).
    • Projects related to the retention, recruitment and education of hunters, anglers or trappers (including: attracting new mentors, training mentors and providing mentors for new hunters/anglers/trappers; sharing information in schools and with the general public about the link between conservation and hunters/anglers/trappers; this category also includes educating new hunters/anglers/trappers; ‘Kids Can Catch’ and archery events for kids). Generate awareness of the hunting/angling/trapping opportunities available to the public. 
    • Projects related to outdoor conservation education


  •  ACA, and Federal and Provincial Government staff, are not eligible to apply.
    • ACA does not fund applications where the Federal or Provincial Government employee is the principal applicant (Principal applicant is considered the lead on a project) or the principal applicant is a Federal or Provincial ministry.
    • Federal or Provincial Government employees may be part of the project, but must not be responsible for the majority of the project.
    • ACA will not normally allow for applicants that are supported through other means by ACA to receive funds through this granting process. 
  • ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants does not provide funding for:
    • ACA and Federal and Provincial Government staff projects. See section Who Can Apply?
    • Research projects (Applications for research projects may go to only one of the two ACA grant programs supporting research, either ACA Research Grants or the ACA Grants in Biodiversity Program)
    • Grants are not normally offered towards profit-making activities
    • Regular ongoing staff salary positions
    • Grants are not normally available for ongoing administration costs of the organization or for the funding of administrative staff
    • Overhead costs
    • Emergency funds or deficit financing
    • Travel to conferences and seminars, unless part of a larger project supported by the Association
    • General fundraising
    • Land acquisition (Land acquisition applications can be submitted to the ACA Habitat Securement Program) 

This page was last reviewed May 20, 2020 and last updated May 20, 2020