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Apply For a 2019 Watershed Stewardship Grant Today

Posted December 18, 2018 by LSC

We are now accepting applications for the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) for 2019.

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.

Get the application form and other program resources here >>

Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Posted June 1, 2017 by LSC

Help us Win Big

The CanadaHelps Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back! Donate to a registered Canadian charity in June and you’ll automatically enter them to win a $10,000 donation. The more you give, the more chances your favourite charity will win!

So, make a donation to Land Stewardship Centre during the month of June and you can help us win big. Every donation (minimum $3 donation required) you make enters Land Stewardship Centre in a draw for a chance to win a $10,000 donation courtesy of CanadaHelps.

Donate to Land Stewardship Centre today!

More About this Challenge

  • Every $1 donated in June is an automatic entry for your charity of choice (Land Stewardship Centre!) to win (minimum $3 donation required).
  • Challenge begins June 1, 2017 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2017 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
  • Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY, July 1, 2017 – $10,000 will be donated to the winning charity.
  • Only donations made on or through the website will be entered for the prize draw.

Apply for a Watershed Stewardship Grant Today!

Posted April 7, 2017 by LSC

In December 2016, the provincial government reinstated financial support for the WSG program. With all the paperwork done and out of the way, we are pleased to announce we are now ready and able to accept applications for this important stewardship grant program.

There are a few things that have changed; so be sure to read the 2017 WSG Application Process document first, then download the new 2017 WSG Application Form.

Get all the information and the new documents you need here >>

Timelines are tight so submit your application right away. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. MST on April 30, 2017.

Great News for Community Stewardship Groups

Posted December 21, 2016 by LSC

Over the past several months, Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) has been working closely with Alberta Environment and Parks, advocating for the reinstatement of provincial financial support for grassroots stewardship groups and the important work they are doing in communities across the province to the benefit of all Albertans.

Today, LSC is pleased to share with you that Minister Shannon Phillips and Alberta Environment and Parks have restored the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) program funding.

Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has approved multi-year funding totaling $925,000 to LSC to help protect Alberta’s water resources, now and into the future. LSC will distribute this funding through the Watershed Stewardship Grant program beginning with $250,000 in 2016–2017, followed by $225,000 for each of the next three years, ending in 2019–20.

“Land Stewardship Centre is an important partner in Alberta’s efforts to promote healthy aquatic ecosystems. Programs funded by these grants will result in reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy and safe, secure drinking water which will benefit all Albertans.”

Shannon Phillips
Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office

This funding commitment builds on previous provincial support for the WSG program, which supports local stewardship groups and their projects across the province. This multi-year funding of the WSG program will allow LSC’s work, which supports the development of long term planning and community-based projects, to continue. Read the full Government of Alberta news release here.

“Over the years, the Watershed Stewardship Grant program has enabled stewardship groups to bring about positive action and deliver results in communities across Alberta. On behalf of these groups which rely on this funding, we thank Minister Phillips and her Ministry for this funding, which demonstrates their leadership and commitment to our collective efforts.”

Brian E. Ilnicki, Executive Director, Land Stewardship Centre

About the Watershed Stewardship Grant Program
The longstanding relationship between LSC and AEP goes back a decade. With funding from AEP, LSC has delivered the WSG program in Alberta since 2006. In that time, more than $1.8 million dollars have been allocated to 127 community-based stewardship groups across Alberta, with an additional $5.7 million leveraged through partnerships.

Throughout the history of the WSG program, community stewardship groups have worked collaboratively with local municipalities, local land owners and land managers, Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils and other conservation organizations to design and deliver in excess of 300 projects. These groups and their projects have all contributed to bringing the provincial Water for Life Strategy goals to life, and making healthy aquatic ecosystems, reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy, and safe, secure drinking water a reality. Stewardship groups, enabled by the WSG program funding, have helped support the work of government on monitoring, developing management plans and increasing awareness.

Over the years, the WSG program has clearly enabled stewardship groups to bring about positive action and deliver results in communities across Alberta. We are proud of the high level of commitment and professionalism that these stewardship groups have displayed and LSC looks forward to continuing our work with them in the future.

For more information and to be advised of when LSC will be accepting applications for the next round of WSG funding contact us at

Special Creative Sentencing Funding Announced

Posted November 2, 2016 by LSC

When the primary funding for the Watershed Stewardship Grant program was cancelled earlier this year, Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) committed to exploring ways to access new sources of funding that could be used to support the valuable work of Watershed Stewardship Groups.

Great News!

As a part of this commitment we are pleased to announce we have secured $35,000 in creative sentencing funds from the provincial government, and we are now making these funds available to eligible applicants through our Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG) program. Creative sentencing funds come from penalties administered by the Alberta court as a result of infractions under the Water Act.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants’ projects must focus on activities that protect, improve or restore aquatic and riparian habitat in the province. Eligible projects may include riparian naturalization, fish habitat enhancement and wetland restoration.

Stewardship groups can apply for up to $35,000, the total amount available under this special grant round. Applications for this creative sentencing grant will be accepted until 4:30 PM MST on December 16, 2016.

Apply Today

Some of the requirements have changed so download the 2016 Creative Sentencing Grant Application Form to learn more and apply today.

Have questions?

Contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator at or 1–877–727–5276 extension 222 for more information.

Special Fall 2015 Watershed Stewardship Grant Announced

Posted September 16, 2015 by LSC

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.

New for Fall 2015

The WSG program is pleased to announce that on October 1, 2015 we will begin accepting applications for a special Fall 2015 round of WSG grants. Through this special Fall 2015 grant, grants up to $15,000 will be issued to eligible groups on a per-project basis.
Applications for the Fall 2015 grant will be accepted from October 1 to October 31, 2015.

Download the WSG – Fall 2015 Grant Application Process and Application Form documents here >>

For more information, contact the Stewardship Program Coordinator by email or phone 1–877–727–5276 extension 222.

National Wetland Conservation Fund 2015-16 Call for Proposals

Posted October 20, 2014 by LSC

The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports projects that: restore degraded or lost wetlands; enhance degraded wetlands; scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them; and, encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation by a wide variety of partners to build support for future wetland conservation and restoration activities. The NWCF focuses on working landscapes.

Who can apply

Non-governmental organizations, Aboriginal organizations and communities, individuals, universities, conservation authorities, private corporations, as well as provincial, territorial and municipal governments and provincial Crown corporations.

Geographic location

Projects must take place on private land, provincial Crown land, or Aboriginal land across Canada. Contact the Program to learn more about its priorities.

Range of funding available

Funding is variable and depends on the project. Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000, with a maximum amount available of $500,000 per year per project.

Funding deadlines

For projects beginning after April 1st, 2015 the deadline to submit an application is November 21st, 2014.

To apply

The application form be obtained here. The associated guidelines can also be obtained ­ here.

Please submit the completed application to


For more information or to apply to the program, contact the program by email at

Apply Today for the EcoAction Community Funding Program

Posted October 17, 2014 by LSC

Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program is again accepting applications for funding until the November 1, 2014 deadline.

Since 1995, EcoAction has provided over $97M in financial support to 2862 community-based projects that have supported communities to protect, rehabilitate or enhance the natural environment.

This year, preference will be given to projects that support the priorities of the Government of Canada’s National Conservation Plan to conserve and restore our lands and waters and connect Canadians to our natural spaces.

We will continue to focus on larger multi-year projects (minimum $10,000, maximum $100,000) that clearly demonstrate environmental and community engagement results anywhere in Canada.

For more information on EcoAction, visit the website or contact your Regional Office.