The AEF's Emerald Youth Grant program empowers students and youth (under 25) to make their dream environmental projects a reality.

Here's how to apply:

  1. Binge-watch or listen to the Emerald Documentary Series, What On EARTH Can We Do? Podcast, or Emerald Speakers Series to help you get inspired and guide your project
  2. Apply for funding for your environmental project using this form
  3. If your application is accepted, you will be sent the first $500 to help launch your project
  4. Once your project is complete, submit a follow-up report to tell us how it went and receive the remaining $250

Please note the following eligibility requirements:

  • Only group projects are eligible for funding. Individuals will not be approved
  • Applicants are only eligible for one grant per granting period. There are two granting periods per year: Fall (August-December) and Spring (January–June)
  • Participants in the project, excluding group leaders, must be under 25 years old
  • Projects must be completed within three months of grant approval 

Additionally, please note the following:

  • The AEF strives to distribute a total of 30 grants per year through the Emerald Youth Grants program.
  • Funds are distributed in two amounts: $500 upfront when your environmental project pitch is approved. The remaining $250 will be distributed once we have reviewed your final report.
  • Funds are distributed via e-transfer or direct deposit.

If you have any questions about the AEF or the Emerald Youth Grants program, please visit or email our Communication & Engagement Specialist, Sabrina Huot at

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