ACA Grants Program

Funded by the province’s hunters and anglers, Alberta Conservation Association's (ACA) grants program annually supports projects that benefit Alberta’s wildlife and fish populations, and the habitat they depend on. As of our 2020/21 grants round, we have received 2,379 grant applications, of which 1,360 projects have been awarded grants. To date, approximately $20.6 million has been granted to conservation-related projects throughout the province.

Application deadlines are listed below:

ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants: Applications will next be accepted from January 1 until January 22, 2021. Application forms and guidelines can be found here

This grant funds hunter, trapper, and angler retention, recruitment, and/or conservation education in Alberta and non-research related activities that conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and their habitat.

ACA Research Grants: Applications will next be accepted from November 1, 2020 until December 1, 2020. Application form and submission guidelines can be found here

This grant funds high quality research projects carried out by professional researchers, which inform the effective management of wildlife and fish populations and habitat in Alberta.

The ACA Grants in Biodiversity: Applications for the 2021-2023 funding term are currently being accepted; the deadline is December 1, 2020.  For more information on the ACA Grants in Biodiversity Program, please go to:    

This grant is open to graduate students from any university in the world who are studying the flora, fauna or habitats of Alberta. This grant is supported by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Which grant should I apply for?

The following questions will assist you in determining the appropriate grant to apply for:

  1. Are you proposing to do conservation-based research in Alberta?
    Yes – go to Question 3
    No – go to Question 2
  2. Is your proposal related to hunter, trapper, or angler retention and recruitment and/or conservation education in Alberta? Or does your proposal contain non-research activities that help conserve, protect, and/or enhance fish, wildlife, and/or habitat for all Albertans to enjoy, value, and use?
    Yes – apply to ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grants
    No – your proposal might not be eligible; check with the ACA Grants Administrator if you're not sure
  3. Is the applicant a graduate student?
    Yes – apply to the ACA Grants in Biodiversity
    No – all other qualified applicants apply to the ACA Research Grants

For more information or if you experience technical difficulties in downloading forms, please contact:
Amy MacKinven, Grants Project Administrator
Alberta Conservation Association
Toll free: 1-877-722-4323