Grants

Do you have a project designed to save energy or help the environment? Our annual community grants can help you plant trees, naturalize an area or create energy efficiency.

Grants range in value from $1,000 to $3,000 and are available to municipalities within our service area.

Tree Planting Project

Add trees to improve schoolyards and public areas, like parks and playgrounds, with one of four $2,500 grants. Tell us about your tree planting initiative and how it will benefit your community.

Lac La Biche County Alexander Hamilton Park will create a protected, outdoor recreational space and enhance the environmental aesthetic of the immediate area surrounding the planned Recreational Shelter Windbreak. The grant money will be used to purchase six large conifer trees.

Town of Claresholm The Town of Claresholm has had storm damage to mature trees; all parks and green spaces were affected and many trees required removal. The Town will use the grant to purchase trees for the community.
Claresholm Tree Planting Grant
Town of Devon The grant will be used to replace severely damaged trees as a result of the drought in the summer of 2015 and unseasonable warm temperatures in January.

Summer Village of Grandview at Ma-Me-O Beach Pigeon Lake watershed stewardship will use the grant to replace trees protecting the riparian area of Pigeon Lake through shoreline naturalization and creek restoration projects.

Town of Irricana The grant will be used to replenish their tree farm which replaces damaged or dying trees in parks, green spaces, the Cemetery, campground and Boulevards in the Town.

Crestomere School in Lacombe The community has worked hard over the past few years to fundraise for a new school and community playground. The grant will be used to enhance the school yard by planting trees and installing picnic tables and benches.

Complete the application form

Community Naturalization Grant

We offer communities in our service area the opportunity to win one of ten $3,000 grants. Through these grants, we seek to support our municipal customers with developing and improving environmentally-friendly programs and facilities in their communities. We would love to hear what you are doing to enhance the quality of life of your residents! 

Last year’s recipients included:  

City of Airdrie Plant native trees and shrubs

Leduc County Plant trees and shrubs at the new Sarapta Centennial Community Park

Town of Raymond Upgrade their recycling stations

Town of Cochrane Retrofit energy efficient LED lighting in their community hall

Village of Cremona Work with Communities in Bloom to provide picnic tables and benches along trail and parks areas

Town of Gibbons Create an irrigation system for their community gardens

Town of Innisfail Create a pollinator-friendly garden

Town of Onoway Enhance their park areas and introduce pet waste stations

Town of Drayton Valley Promote Nature Play for Kids

Village of Duchess Construct birds, bat, bee and butterfly houses

Strathcona County Purchase plant material for the banks of Broadview Park

County of Wetaskiwin No.10 Plant trees along the shoreline of Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake. 

If your community is interested in applying, please apply by Friday, April 7, 2017. All winners will be announced on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

Complete the application form

Earth Hour Challenge

Earth-Hour-2016FortisAlberta’s Earth Hour Challenge was a huge success last year with 25 municipalities in our service territory competing to save the most electricity.

Earth Hour is a global event that takes place in March every year with the goal of encouraging people and businesses to turn off unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic devices to help conserve power and raise awareness around environmental issues.

Last year’s recipients of the Earth Hour grants were:

Village of Glenwood and Village of Hill Spring tied for first place (first and second place grants were combined and divided by two to ensure fairness). Each community received $6,250 each for a 94 per cent decrease in consumption.

Village of Alix received a $2,500 grant for an 18.5 per cent decrease in consumption

Thank you to all participating communities who entered the 2016 FortisAlberta Earth Hour Challenge! We want to continue to support Earth Hour again this year and encourage communities to enter our Challenge.

Join the 2017 Challenge

Green Up school grants

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Our Green Up grant program is designed to help create or enhance an environmental program for students in Elementary/Junior High schools. Ten schools in our service area will receive a grant of $2,500 to implement an environmental education program. All schools in our service area are eligible to apply. Please check back in September to apply!


Ten schools in our service area have been awarded a grant of $2,500. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Eleanor Hall School in Clyde will use their grant to start a permaculture program to grow vegetables and plants to show students how ecosystems work.

Ecole Joe Clark School in High River will use their grant for a tower garden growing system where students will learn to grow food year-round.  
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Matthew Halton School in Pincher Creek will use their grant towards the build of a passive solar greenhouse with the Science and Construction class. 

A.H. Dakin School in Edson will use their grant to purchase composting bins for each classroom and will then sell the compost as a fundraiser for their community garden. 

Warburg School in Warburg will use their grant to purchase trees and shrubs and encourage students to take charge in the beautification of their school. 

Wainwright Elementary School will use their grant to introduce recycle bins to the outdoor playground area. 

Centennial School in Wetaskiwin will use their grant to purchase an indoor vertical aeroponic tower garden growing system that takes up less than three square feet. This tower garden will be installed in a classroom at the school and will produce vegetables throughout the school year.

Banded Peak School will use their grant for the school’s Outdoor Leadership Program. The program will focus on outdoor learning experiences such as our impact on the environment and enjoying the outdoors while being a steward for the natural world.

Bentley School in Bentley will use their grant towards the purchase of a renaissance solar greenhouse and aquaponics. 

Rimbey Elementary School in Rimbey will use their grant to create a water collections system to water their outdoor garden that will feed students throughout the year.
ZAP Program

ZAP Program

Every year, our ZAP Program teaches 5,000 students how to stay safe around electricity.

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