Did you know there are grants for recycling infrastructure?

The Community Champions Program (CCP) is an infrastructure grant program that is specially designed for not-for profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) that make out-of-home opportunities for recycling more convenient for and accessible to the public.

Program start-up support is also provided to help to Alberta’s community organizations educate the public about the benefits of recycling. This not only keeps beverage containers out of landfills, but also provides important financial and social benefits to participating communities.

Each year, grants are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis until all the funds have been distributed or until November 30th, whichever occurs first. More than one application can be submitted during the year, but an organization's combined applications cannot exceed a total value of $20,000, excluding GST. 

As CCP funding is limited, grants can only be applied to two-stream collection bins, and one must be for beverage container recycling. If your recycling needs require more than 2 streams, cost sharing can be negotiated.

Photo caption (top of page): Strathcona County used some of their CCP funding to install "Binny", the recycling bottlenose dolphin, at a local playground as a fun way to introduce kids to beverage container recycling.

The Community Champions Program is now closed and no longer accepting applications. Please check back in February 2021. Thank you. 

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Check out theSE amazing stats from 2019:


beverage containers collected so far.


approved applications.


bins placed throughout Alberta.

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Celebrate Our Community Champions!

Whitecourt Community Lunch
Box Program

The Whitecourt Community Lunch Box Program is a volunteer run program with a mission to help kids learn better on a full stomach.

Beginning in 2004, a small group of parent volunteers set out to ensure that all children attending schools in Whitecourt have the nutrition they need for optimal growth and development during the school day. Over the past decade, the project has evolved and includes all schools in Whitecourt and several community groups within the area.

The Whitecourt Community Lunchbox program became a Community Champions Program partner in 2015. Joining CCP has changed the way they fund their program. The funding they received from CCP was used to purchase beverage container recycling bins which were placed throughout Whitecourt for donations. Collecting donated beverage containers and taking them to an Alberta Depot for a refund has allowed the Whitecourt Community Lunchbox program to create revenue that goes directly into their program.

The program has also allowed them to assist the Whitecourt Community outside of the classroom. “The bins we’ve received through the Community Champions Program have allowed us to create part-time, meaningful employment for adults with disabilities and inclusive volunteer opportunities for seniors, youth and our own champions. Having the bins located around town makes for a cleaner, greener community and people are now able to support us in different ways.”

Tara Baker
The Community Lunchbox Society


2019 Community Champion Program Partners

  • Bottles for Diabetes
  • Calgary Rugby Union
  • Calgary Soccer Centre
  • Cerebral Palsy Assocation in Alberta
  • Edson Cycling Association
  • Evergreen
  • Father Patrick Mercredi High School
  • Haysboro Community Association
  • Henderson Stadium Society
  • KidSport Society of Calgary
  • Lethbridge and District Exhibition Park
  • Midnapore Lake Residents Association
  • Municipality of Jasper
  • Orchards Residents Association
  • Parkland Community Centre
  • Pigeon Lake Renewal League
  • Skyview Community Church of the Nazarene
  • St Mary's Hospital
  • Telus Spark
  • Town of Canmore
  • Town of Devon
  • Town of Hinton
  • Town of Okotoks
  • Town of Smoky Lake
  • Town of Tabor
  • Townsite of Redwood Meadows
  • Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research
  • West Central High School
  • Westerner Exposition Association
  • Westlake Community Society
  • Wheatland County
  • Whitecourt Ag Society
  • Winnifred Stewart Association
  • Woodlands County
  • WSA Foundation
  • Yellowhead County
  • YWCA Lethbridge