Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency (Retrofit) Program

The Alberta Indigenous Energy Efficiency (Retrofit) Program (AIEERP) is a grant program that provides funding to improve the energy efficiency of Indigenous community and Indigenous organization-owned buildings. Projects will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, providing energy savings to communities. This grant program will:
  • Support Indigenous communities and organizations to upgrade construction of new building that are energy efficient.
  • Support Indigenous communities and organizations to improve energy efficiency of existing community and organization owned buildings.
  • Contribute to GHG reductions or avoidance.


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

Activities eligible for funding

The AIEERP will provide funding for energy efficient retrofits to existing buildings and energy efficiency upgrade to new buildings. The buildings must be owned by an Indigenous community or Indigenous organization in Alberta.

For non-residential buildings, buildings must be assessed using the Detailed Energy Assessments Requirements (DEAR).

The assessment of community or organization-owned residential buildings must be conducted by a
qualified home energy auditor who provides a comprehensive energy assessment, including recommendations on retrofits.

  1. For existing buildings, prior to submitting the funding application, the proposed building(s) for retrofits must have had a detailed energy assessment completed. Please see for details on detailed energy assessment and funding.
  2. For new buildings, GHG emissions avoidance must be clearly demonstrated in the proposal in addition to information on what types of upgrades are being planned and the expected cost savings from those upgrades.

Funding levels

  • The AIEERP can provide 100 per cent of the eligible expenses per project.  An AIEERP application must include all projects that the community or organization is applying for.  The maximum amount of funding available per application is $1 million.
  • An indigenous community or organization can only submit one application until March 31, 2018.

Application deadline

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

Assessment Process

Once the Application is received, the following process is implemented:

  • An assessment will be conducted by Indigenous Relations to ensure the application and other documents contain the required information.
  • An assessment will be conducted by a third party independent technical assessor to determine the technical viability of the project.
  • An assessment will confirm applicant eligibility and suitability with the AIEERP.

Additional information may be requested for an application.

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

How to Apply


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