Youth Environmental Engagement Grants

We empower the next generation of #EcoHeroes by providing micro-grants to youth-led and youth-targeted environmental projects and initiatives in Alberta. The Youth Environmental Engagement Grant (YEEG) program provides up to $500 to elementary school groups.

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Youth Environmental Engagement Grant applications are currently closed. We will reopen our youth grant programs in early fall 2020.


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.

*Please note that as of January 1, 2020, Youth Environmental Engagement Grants are designated to elementary schools. If you do not fit within this demographic, please check out our new Emerald Educational Engagement Grants programs for funding opportunities.

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.


For the initiation of renewable energy or energy conservation projects, or the enhancement and improvement of existing ones. One exemplary recipient receives additional funding through the Energy Efficiency Champion Award, presented at the Emerald Awards.


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.

Please note

  • YEEG applications are currently closed. We will reopen our youth grant programs in September 2020.
  • Funding through the Youth Environmental Engagement Grant program is restricted to projects and initiatives taking place in Alberta, Canada.
  • Groups must be in elementary school (up to Grade Six) or younger. Junior high and high school students may apply for the Emerald Educational Engagement Grant program.
  • There are two annual granting periods: Fall (August to December) and Spring (January to June).
  • Successful applicants will receive a first cheque of (up to) $300. The second cheque of $200 will be issued once the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives a follow-up report about the project. Follow-up 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 by or targeted to individuals who are in elementary school.
  • Grant applications will be reviewed monthly. Funds will be allocated to those projects that best support the goals of the Youth Environmental Engagement Grant program.
  • Grants will only be distributed to future projects and cannot 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.