Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program

The Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program (AICEP) is a program that provides tools and funding to help Indigenous communities and organizations understand how energy is used in their buildings and identify opportunities to save energy and financial resources.

A detailed energy assessment will support community decision making, estimate energy savings, and greenhouse gas reductions if building retrofits are completed in the future. This baseline analysis prior to completing energy efficiency retrofits has many benefits, including:

  • Accurately assessing the efficiency of existing buildings;
  • Assessing potential energy and cost savings if retrofits are completed
  • Making informed decisions on building retrofits
  • Helping Indigenous communities maintain and improve building performance and operations.


  • First Nation communities, Metis Nation of Alberta Metis Settlements, and the Aseniwuche Winewak Nation and Indigenous organizations, including Friendship Centres, Tribal Councils and Indigenous community-owned businessesApplicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previous Indigenous Relations funding
  • Applicant communities must be located in the Province of Alberta

Projects eligible for funding

The Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program provides funding for detailed energy assessments for Indigenous community-owned buildings as follows:

  • Office and administrative buildings
  • Fire halls and police stations
  • Elders’ Centres
  • Community centres (e.g. libraries, museums, community halls, etc.)
  • Arenas and curling rinks
  • Aquatic centres and swimming pools
  • Multiplexes
  • Dry sport centres
  • Public works buildings
  • Buildings that house community-owned businesses
  • Community-owned residential buildings.

Buildings must be owned and managed by the community itself or by a community-owned business or organization.

Application deadline

  • The Alberta Indigenous Climate Leadership Programs are currently closed.  The programs are  currently under review and will open with revised guidelines shortly.

Funding levels

AICEP can provide 100% of the eligible expenses (to a maximum of $200,000) per project. There is no limit on the number of buildings to be considered for detailed energy assessments,and funding amounts will be merit based and determined on community/organizational need.

Assessment process

Once an application is received, the following process is implemented:

  • An assessment of the application will be conducted by Indigenous Relations to ensure that each letter contains the required information.
  • An assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the Alberta Indigenous Community Energy Program.

Additional information may be requested if an application is incomplete. Applicants will be informed of any deficiencies and will be given two weeks to provide the additional information.

Note: All AICEP grant applications are subject to Ministerial approval.

How to Apply


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