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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for Projects that Address
COVID-19 Needs and Enhance the Local Quality of Life

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Grants to Alberta nonprofit charities in eligible locations for projects that enhance the quality of life for local residents. Consideration will be given to programs that address needs arising from the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Activities must benefit the residents of Town of Banff.

The following is current guidance as of August 21,2020 for community grant applicants: 

Most activities can proceed in Stage 2 with COVID precautions in place - physical distancing, hand hygiene, screening, rapid response in event of illness, stay within gathering numbers, registration to keep track of attendees etc. 

Community Grants

Projects, programs, events, operating costs, equipment or start-up funds that benefit Banff residents and enhance their quality of life in accordance with the Town of Banff’s vision, goals, and strategic priorities.

Preference will be given to applications that:

  1. Show evidence of need for service or project
  2. Demonstrate number of local residents served
  3. Have an established track record for project delivery
  4. Present a well thought out and clear proposal
  5. Show evidence of clear goals and expected outcomes
  6. Show evidence of financial need for the project and any other sources of funding including in kind
  7. Show uniqueness of service
  8. Indicate involvement from other community partners
  9. Fit with Banff Community Plan, FCSS Community Social Plan, and/or council priorities of Master Plan

Eligible Expenses

  1. Projects/programs/events
  2. Operating costs
  3. Equipment costs
  4. Startup funding

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138337

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects need to be completed by December, 31 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organizations applying for funds must be:
-A registered not for profit that is organized and operated solely for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation, or any other purpose except profit
-Providing services to residents of the Town of Banff
-Able to provide proof of financial good standing

The exceptions are:
-Social gatherings that exceed listed maximums (currently max 50 indoor or 100 seated/audience events, max 100 outdoor or 200 seated/audience events)
Indoor vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
-Major festivals and concerts, large conferences and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
-Amusement parks
-Indoor children’s play places (drop-in, unregistered)
-Major sporting events and tournaments

There may be some restrictions on businesses based on the guidance documents (ie. entertainment is limited in restaurants and cannot include vocal concerts or dancing).

Ineligible applications:
-Fom individuals
-From for-profit organizations
-From agencies which primarily fund other organizations
-Applicants who have not met the responsibilities of a previously provided grant
-Organizations who have financial assets covering more than two years of operating costs
-For activities restricted to people of specific religious groups, churches may apply for projects that are open to the whole community
-Expenses related to annual fund-raising campaigns, debt retirement, alcohol or drugs

Pre-Application Information:

The Town of Banff is now able to restart the 2020 grant process.
Deadline for applications is Monday September 21 at noon.

All proposed activities included in funding applications must comply with Alberta Health Services health guidance and COVID 19 safety protocol. Applicants should refer to the ‘General Guidance’ and ‘Sector-specific guidance’ at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please feel free to call the Community Development office should you have any questions about your project's eligibility or the grant process.
Phone Number: 403.762.1254 Email:

Community Service
110 Bear Street
Banff, AB T1L 1A1

Phone: 403.762.1251

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