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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.

Applications for 2021 Grant Under Review

Thank you to everyone who applied for a grant this year. The Review Committee is currently reviewing all applications and recipients will be notified by June 1. If you have any questions, check out the program resources page or reach out to the Grant Coordinator.

Have questions?

To discuss project eligibility or for more information please contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator or phone 1–877–727–5276 extension 227.

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.

Learn more about the 2020 grant recipients.

Photo credit Randall Archibald.

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