Alberta Indigenous Climate Planning Program

The Alberta Indigenous Climate Planning Program (AICPP) helps Indigenous communities establish an understanding of their energy conservation opportunities and set priorities to improve energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and support local economic development.

AICPP provides funding to support two types of initiatives:

  • Community Energy Plans; supporting baseline studies of their community’s current energy use and generation, future energy needs, and provide a plan to support the community’s energy needs while reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Clean Energy Opportunities Assessments; development of community profile regarding the community and in particular feasibility assessment for potential clean energy projects for the community.


  • First Nation communities, Metis Nation of Alberta, Metis Settlements, and Aseniwuche Winewak Nation.
  • Applicants must be in compliance with the terms and conditions of any previous Indigenous Relations funding.
  • Applicant communities must be located in Alberta.

Projects eligible for funding

The following costs are eligible:

  • Expenses related to contracting a professional consulting firm to conduct a Community Energy Plan or Clean Energy Opportunity Assessment;
  • Expenses incurred related to meetings between the community or organization and the proposed contractor before project start-up, community engagement and report back sessions;
  • Project management or administration costs incurred during the project; and
  • Consultant costs must be limited to 50 per cent of the total project costs, and the project description must demonstrate how the consultant will engage community members to develop capacity within the community.

The following costs are ineligible:

  • In-kind expenses, however, these are to be included in the budget;
  • Payments for services normally provided without charge (i.e., honoraria for a community service); and
  • Expenses incurred by the Indigenous community for permanently-employed staff.

Application deadline

  • The AICPP operates on a rolling intake system, and submissions will be assessed and approved on an ongoing basis, until funds are fully exhausted.  The call for submissions will open June 29, 2017.

Funding levels

  • The AICPP can provide 100 per cent of the eligible expenses per project up to a maximum of $100,000.

Assessment process

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

  • Indigenous Relations will initially assess the application to ensure it contains the required information; and
  • A more in-depth assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the AICPP.
  • Additional information may be requested if an application is incomplete. Applicants will be informed of any deficiencies.

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

How to apply

  • Complete the Alberta Indigenous Community Planning Program grant application form.
  • Use the AICPP Guidelines to assist in completing the application package (other required documents) and prepare a proposal, which includes comprehensive details of the project proposed.
  • Complete the AICPP Application Checklist to ensure the application package is completed and ready for submission.
  • Submit funding application package by:

All submissions must be made electronically to Please note in the email subject line, “AICPP Application and (Community/Organization Name)”.

Note: A comprehensively completed application package will ensure quicker processing of the application.


Have questions about the program, services or the grant application process? Check out our FAQ page.

If you have more questions please contact:

  • email (required)
  • phone 1-780-427-8407 
    To call toll-free from anywhere in Alberta, dial 310-0000, Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.