Frequently Asked Questions about Alberta Land Trust Grant Program

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Grant Program

Who can apply for funding from this program?

Any registered Alberta land trust organization. The land trust organization must have stated in their mission statement that their purpose is for land conservation.

What are the objectives of this program?

To provide grants to land trust organizations to help establish and administer new conservation easements on private land and/or administer new conservation projects on land trusts titled land. Grants will not be awarded to enable purchase of private land.

How does a Land Trust apply for the program?

Interested land trusts should send an email to request an application package. Applications must be received by September 17, 2018. Please contact:

What does a well written application package look like?

Below is an example document of an application package which includes the application summary, application form, and a budget spreadsheet:

What are the criteria that the project proposals will be evaluated on?

  1. Ability to Leverage Funds
    For each grant application, a land trust must be able to leverage or provide funds for the project. Successful grant applications shall be awarded a base grant leveraging exemption of $30,000. Every dollar above this base amount shall be leveraged at least 2:1. For example, if a land trust applies for a grant of $250,000, the land trust must leverage at least $440,000 (i.e. $250,000 - $30,000 = $220,000 x 2 = $440,000). If a land trust applies for a grant less than $30,000 the leveraging ratio is 2:1 and there is no exemption awarded.

    Leveraging categories include:

    • Cash
    • The value of the donated land or conservation easement
    • In kind services such as manpower and equipment donations directly related to the project
    • Other committed grants

  2. Alignment with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) conservation priorities, which are centered around:
    1. Maintaining large areas of native landscape
    2. Conserving connecting corridors
    3. Sustaining disconnected pockets of native habitat within fragmented landscapes

Grant Process

What is the approval process?

Once AEP receives the application package, the package is reviewed to determine completeness. An internal review committee will then determine eligibility by verifying that the proposed project aligns with the Department’s conservation objectives and that the appropriate amount of leveraging is available.

Recommendations from the review committee will then be submitted to the Deputy Minister for final approval.

Who will the internal review committee comprise?

The internal review committee is comprised of representatives from Rangeland Policy, Fish & Wildlife Policy, Regional Planning and Finance. The internal review committee also consults with field staff located near the project areas for expert opinion.

Can a land trust apply for multiple projects and / or multiple locations?

Yes, there are no limits on the number of projects or locations a land trust can apply for. However, each project will be evaluated independently.

Grant Funding

Is there a timeframe by which the funding will need to be used?

Yes, project funding must be used within 3 years of the funding allocation date.

What can the grant funding be used for?

Funding can be used for:

  • Securement of a conservation easement
  • Land assessment and planning involved with a new conservation easement or donated title (e.g. undertaking a baseline survey).
  • Administrative costs involved in obtaining or maintaining the conservation easement or donated title. These costs must be directly related to the project. Examples include legal fees, accounting and book keeping.
  • Staffing costs directly related to the project.
  • Extension directly related to the project (e.g. educational signage). Grant funding cannot be used to raise funds or increase membership.
  • Stewardship Endowment to ensure the continued protection and maintenance of the property.

Where does funding from this program come from?

Funding for the program is from the Land Stewardship Fund and is generated from the proceeds of public land sales.

Is there a system in place to ensure that the Land Trusts are utilizing the grant fund appropriately?

Yes, the land trust must submit an annual report to AEP. This report outlines the land trust’s achievements and funding used to date. Land trusts must also submit a final report that describes the conservation outcomes achieved by the grant.

Can the funding be placed into a Stewardship Endowment Fund?

Yes, but the funds must be earmarked for that project.

Will the funding support on-going management of lands already owned / managed by Land Trusts?

Grants from this program are intended to enable "new" conservation projects (e.g. new lands placed under conservation easements); therefore, funding requests for existing conservation projects will not be considered. Therefore, conservation easements obtained or land titles donated a year prior to the application closing date are not eligible.


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Updated: Jun 5, 2018