Watershed Stewardship Grant

February 15, 2019

The Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) Program provides funding to support collaborative, community-based stewardship efforts consistent with the principles, goals and outcomes of Alberta’s Water for Life strategy. Grants are generally issued once per year to eligible groups on a per-project basis.

Program Update

We will be accepting applications for the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) starting December 10, 2018. If you have a project in mind to enhance, protect or restore Alberta’s precious water resources, consider applying. Stewardship and synergy groups, naturalist organizations, recreational and community associations, and other non-profits can apply. We invite and encourage creative, innovative and collaborative projects. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.

Full details & application instructions

Think Outside the Box

The WSG supports volunteer-driven, grassroots efforts that have meaningful impact within their respective watersheds. Stewardship groups, naturalist organizations, synergy groups and community associations are eligible to apply for projects that directly impact or enhance your local watershed. Here are some examples:

  • Host a bio-blitz, interactive nature walk or educational workshop that educates Albertans about watershed issues or promotes awareness of environmental issues that impact watersheds and water bodies in your community.
  • Organize a bird or plant count. These citizen science activities help track population declines and changes among native flora and fauna species. Several species of birds, plants and fish are indicators of environmental and watershed health, so these type of projects may align with the WSG priority of measuring and reporting on environmental and social indicators of watershed health.
  • Create, print and distribute an FAQ or information brochure about the environmental effects on a watershed of a potential proposed development/expansion (e.g. gravel mine, fracking, oil and gas operations) within their community to distribute at targeted events.
  • Tree-planting, weed pulls, water quality monitoring and shoreline clean-ups are all examples of eligible projects. Other on-the-ground activities that assist or enhance a watershed or water bodies are also eligible.

To discuss project eligibility, please contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator.

Have questions?

For more information, contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator by email or phone 1–877–727–5276 extension 227.

Full details & application instructions