The Alberta Emerald Foundation strives to inspire Albertans to positive environmental action.
In addition to the Emerald Awards, our programming includes Emerald Days, the
Youth Environmental Engagement Grants, and our Sharing Stories communications initiative.
Emerald Day community events visit cities and towns across Alberta to share environmental success stories and to discuss the opportunities and challenges in each region. Thanks to funding partners from the hosting community, Emerald Day events are free-of-charge for all participants and guests.
EMERALD DAY FEATURES
- EMERALD SPEAKERS SERIES: Presentations by Emerald Award recipients and finalists.
- ECOPITCH: An opportunity for youth to present their environmental dream project to a panel of judges for the chance to win $1,000 to help make it a reality.
- Success story displays hosted by local organizations, businesses, governments and schools.
- Networking and connecting opportunities
- Family movie night
- and more!
Youth ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT GRANTS
The Alberta Emerald Foundation believes in inspiring the next generation of eco-heroes by supporting Alberta’s young people (aged 25 and under) in their environmental efforts. With funds from founding program sponsors, and other sponsors and individual donors, the Alberta Emerald Foundation provides micro-grants of up to $500 to youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects and initiatives. The Alberta Emerald Foundation intends to allocate over 100 Youth Environmental Engagement Grants each year.
Special thanks to this year’s program sponsors:
HOW APPLY FOR A GRANT
To assist with the costs associated with environmental engagement activities, schools, classrooms, and community groups are invited to apply for a micro-grant of up to $500.
Applications can be submitted in the following categories:
For the development of new green spaces, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones. Includes community gardens, outdoor classrooms, and urban naturalization projects.
For educational experiences that result in environmental learning, inspiration, and personal/professional development. Includes presentations, experiments, field trips.
green energizers (presented by altalink)
For the initiation of renewable energy or energy conservation projects, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.
green guardians (presented by ABCRC)
For the protection and/or restoration and/or maintenance of natural habitats and areas. Also for the creation of new recycling or composting programs, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones.
There are two annual granting periods: August – December and January – June. Successful applicants will receive a first cheque of (up to) $300. A second cheque of $200 will be issued once the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives a follow-up report about the project. Status reports must be received within three months of the project start date.
Only group projects will be considered. The project or initiative must be led or targeted at individuals who are aged 25 years and under.
Grant applications will be reviewed monthly. Funds will be allocated to those projects that best support the goals of the program.
Grants will only be distributed to future projects, and can not be backdated.
A maximum of two grants will be issued to each school/organization per year. Applicants may submit their second proposal once their follow-up report from their first project has been received and approved by the Alberta Emerald Foundation.
The Ron kruhlak award
Mr. Kruhlak’s astonishing 26-year contribution to the AEF continues through this special $1,000 grant, which is awarded to one of the past year’s leading Youth Environmental Engagement Grant recipients to help further their work.
Lacombe Composite high school ecovision
2017 Ron kruhlak award recipient
Earlier this year, forty EcoVision members transformed 800 square feet of their schoolyard into a pollinator garden with annuals, perennials, and natural flower plants in the shape of their school’s initials (LCHS). They then built a fenced-in area to protect their bees. And finally, they purchased two beehives, extracting equipment, protective clothing, and starter bees for their hives.
The pollinator gardens provide food for their bees and other pollinators. The bees, in turn, help with the growth of their 125 fruit trees, 40 raised bed, and other gardens, as well as providing honey for the school and community. The gardens and the beehives provide hands-on learning opportunities for the students and community members.
Placing beehives in a chemical-free garden provides a safe place for bees to thrive, contributing to the bees re-establishment, which are currently on the decline.
The team requested funding from the AEF’s Youth Environmental Engagement Grant Program to purchase supplies for both the bees and the pollinator garden. The garden benefits the entire student body, providing a green space for over 850 youth. Since the project, five EcoVision students started their Bee Keeping Certificate Course, and have started researching honey bees.