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Eligibility

Clarifying the ACA Grants

ACA funds support two granting programs for academic research:

Students who have received any prior funding from ACA, or whose supervisors have received funding for any part of the proposed project, are not eligible to apply. Previous grant recipients may only apply again if they are: (a) in a new degree program, and (b) the research project is totally separate from what was ACA funded in the past. Once an application for funding support has been submitted to the ACA Grants in Biodiversity program, the project will NOT be eligible for consideration in the ACA Research Grants program.

Grant administrators work closely together to prevent duplication or overlap of funds going into a single project. This is in keeping with a philosophy of spreading support fairly across conservation and research efforts.

Comparing the ACA Grants
  ACA Grants in Biodiversity ACA Research Grants ACA Conservation, Community and Education Grants
Length of grant 2 years 1 year 1 year
Maximum award $20,000 Generally $40,000 although higher awards can be made in exceptional circumstances. No maximum, although extra justification would be needed for grants over $40,000.
Eligible applicants Graduate students – Masters and Ph.D. Post-doctoral fellows, university and research institution faculty, anyone qualified to conduct high quality research. Students cannot apply directly.
Maximum of 2 applications per project signatory.
Anyone – individuals, organizations and communities
Orientation Academic Academic Grassroots
Eligible expenses Direct research costs - such as employment of student assistants, travel support, rental of equipment, field subsistence, purchase of supplies and incidentals.

Overhead and grantee salary/stipends ineligible.
Project related expenses. Capital assets >$500 may remain property of the ACA.

Overhead, ongoing administration, ongoing staff salaries and student stipends are not eligible (please read guidelines for full listing).
Project related expenses. Capital assets >$500 may remain property of the ACA.

Overhead, ongoing administration, ongoing staff salaries and student stipends are not eligible (please read guidelines for full listing).
Goal Increase knowledge of Alberta’s heritage of living resources, specifically the flora and fauna as researched at the student level. Promote the development of highly qualified, Alberta-based conservation biologists. To support research projects that meet and further ACA’s mission  "ACA conserves, protects, and enhances fish, wildlife and habitat for all Albertans to enjoy, value and use" and supports high quality research projects on wildlife, fish and habitat which inform the effective management of wildlife, fish populations and habitat in Alberta To aid the ACA in the delivery of its mission “ACA conserves, protects, and enhances fish, wildlife and habitat for all Albertans to enjoy, value and use.” 
Priority No published priorities. Priority is given to projects that contribute to the funding priorities (see guidelines) and demonstrate a "self-help" attitude (e.g. partner contributions, in-kind support). Priority is given to projects that contribute to the funding priorities (see guidelines) and demonstrate a "self-help" attitude (e.g. partner contributions, in-kind support).
Reporting Brief text report required at end of year one and at grant closing Text and financial reports required Text and financial reports required

 

Who is Eligible to Apply for the ACA Grants in Biodiversity

The criteria for eligibility to apply is as follows:

The ACA Grants in Biodiversity will not support: