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Funding available through the Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program

The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation may provide funds to projects recommended through the Biological GHG Management Program, providing that the projects meet the terms of the program and the eligibility guidelines of the CCEMC.

Proponents are encouraged to contact the Executive Director directly through email at susan.wood-bohm@albertainnovates.ca to discuss the projects that:

  • Reduce emissions from agricultural production, forestry operations or management of wastes and residues; or
  • Enhance long-term biological carbon sequestration (for example by increasing soil organic carbon stocks); or
  • Use biological feedstocks such as biomass from agricultural or forest residues to produce high value products at a scale that significantly impacts GHG emissions in Alberta.

Top Ten FAQs 

1.  Does the program fund discovery research?

     •   No. Funding is targeted to assist with the deployment of technologies so that a GHG impact is
          achieved in the shorter term. Pilot and demonstration-scale projects are eligible. 

2.   Is match funding required?

     •   Yes. Each project must demonstrate leverage of the CCEMC investment, preferably through the
          involvement of industry partners who wish to make use of the technology.             

     •   Program administrators can help project proponents to find and engage partners, but this process
         often delays consideration of applications.

3.   What is the typical project period?

     •   Most projects are completed within a three-year time-frame but flexibility to the needs of the project is 
          considered. The goal of funding support is to enable GHG reduction strategies for the shorter term, so 
          long-term projects are unlikely to meet the goals of the program.

4.   Who owns the intellectual property in CCEMC-supported projects?

     •   Ownership of intellectual property is subject to the practices of the funding recipient and the terms of any other
          agreements related to the research project, to which the recipient is a party. 

5.   How are the potential GHG emission reductions calculated?

     •   The CCEMC provides a series of short webinars to assist project proponents with calculations.

6.   Does a project have to be located in Alberta?

     •   The goal of the program is to support technology development and deployment that will assist the Province
          of Alberta to meet its emissions management goals. Pilot projects do not necessarily have to be located in
          the province provided that a funding partner can make the case for future technology adoption in Alberta. 
          Being able to demonstrate benefit to Alberta is key.

7.   How much funding is available?

     •   The Biological GHG Management Program may recommend up to $2M CAD in potential projects to the CCEMC
          each year, according to the priorities approved by the Board of the CCEMC annually. Budgets are evaluated
          rigorously by the review panel, and must meet eligibility criteria. Per project allocation of funds rarely exceeds
         $500K.

8.   What is the funding application process?

     •   Projects of interest that are a fit with priority areas and meet eligibility requirements are further developed
         with the assistance of the program administrators to ensure that they meet all necessary program criteria and offer
         intended outcomes. Once a project is fully developed it is reviewed both internally and externally.  Projects accepted
         by the review committee(s) are brought forward for consideration by the Operations and Management Committee
         of the CCEMC, who has the delegated authority of the CCEMC Board to approve funding to Biological GHG
         Management Program projects.

9.   Who may apply?

     •   Funding applications come from research teams, technology developers, small and large industries, NGOs
         and consultants.

10. How does the funding flow?

     •   Projects supported by the CCEMC through the Biological GHG Management Program are bound through a 
          contribution agreement, and payments are made on a performance basis according to a legally binding schedule
          of milestones and deliverables. Payments, less a standard holdback, are made as each milestone deliverable has
          been achieved and the related invoice approved. A project and financial audit is undertaken once the project
          is completed. Holdbacks are released on completion of a successful audit.


Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2016