Emerald Youth Grants

The Emerald Youth Grant program empowers youth in Alberta to make their dream environmental projects a reality!

Please note: applications for the Emerald Youth Grant program are currently closed

Grant amount: $750

Number of grants available: 30

Granting period: There are two granting periods per year: Fall (August-December) and Spring (January–June). Grant submissions are reviewed on the first business day of each month.

Eligibility requirements

  • Projects must be completed within three months of grant approval
    • Before applying for a grant, please ensure that your project’s completion date will take place within three-months of your grant’s potential acceptance date
      • Example: You apply for a grant on November 24, 2022. Because grants are reviewed on the first business day of each month, your grant would be reviewed on December 1, 2022. If your grant is accepted, your project would need to be completed by March 1, 2023 in order to be eligible.
  • Projects must be environmentally focused
    • Examples of previously funded projects include: community gardens, environmental education, permaculture projects, tree planting, field trips, and many more!
  • Only group projects are eligible for funding.
  • Applicants are only eligible for one grant per granting period. There are two granting periods per year: Fall (August-December) and Spring (January–June)
  • Participants in the project, excluding group leaders, must be under 25 years old

How to apply

  1. Binge-watch or listen to the Emerald Documentary Series, What On EARTH Can We Do? Podcast, or Emerald Speakers Series to help you get inspired and guide your project
  2. Apply for funding for your environmental project
  3. If your application is accepted, you will be sent the first $500 to help launch your project
  4. Once your project is complete, submit a follow-up report to tell us how it went and receive the remaining $250


Thank you to our sponsors who make this program possible!

The University of Calgary Garden Club turning an overgrown section of garden into a perennial food-producing ecosystem composed entirely of culturally-relevant native plants!