Did you know there are grants for recycling infrastructure?

The Community Champions Program (CCP) is a grant program that’s specially designed for not-for profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. It is a positive approach to building participation in beverage container recycling. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) and start-up support to the CCP, by ensuring more accessible and convenient out-of-home opportunities for recycling.

The funding is allocated on a first come, first serve basis until all the funds have been distributed or until November 30th, whichever occurs first. You can submit more than one application during the year, but your combined applications can’t exceed a total value of $20,000 excluding GST. This program helps to keep beverage containers out of landfills, and provides important financial and social benefits for communities.

With these grants for recycling infrastructure, Alberta’s community organizations help to educate the public about the benefits of recycling.

Photo caption: Strathcona County used some their 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 no longer accepting 2019 grant application submissions. Please check back in February 2020.

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Bins placed throughout Alberta

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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


2018 Community Champion Program Partners

  • Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
  • Goose Lake Campground
  • Granview Park Society
  • Incline Industries
  • KidSport Society of Calgary
  • Lac Ste. Anne County
  • Lacombe County
  • Leduc Transit
  • Mayerthorpe Curling Society
  • Midnapore Lake Residents Association
  • New Brighton Residents Association
  • Olds College
  • Recycle for Life
  • Red Deer College
  • Southern Alberta Society for the Handicapped
  • The Alex
  • The Community Lunch Box Society
  • Thorsby & District Cultural and Historical Society
  • Town of Banff
  • Town of Bruderheim
  • Town of Canmore
  • Town of Devon
  • Town of Hinton
  • Town of Strathmore
  • Town of Taber
  • Town of Thorsby
  • Town of Wembley
  • Village of Warburg
  • Wembley District & Agricultural Society
  • Westerner Park
  • Whitecourt Baptist Church
  • Whitecourt Woodlands Winter Recreation Park Society
  • Winnifred Stewart Association
  • Yellowhead County
  • Youth Empowerment Support Services