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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for Recreation, Culture,
Facilities, and Community and Family Services

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Municipal District of Bighorn

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08/21/20 - Deadline for Community Grants; Applications for Council Discretionary Grants and Community Enhancement Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants to Alberta nonprofit community organizations for a broad range of activities to benefit the local community. Some applicants are required to contact the Funding Source prior to submission of a full proposal. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of culture, recreation (parks and sports), facilities, special activities, and family and community support services. Requests will be accepted for capital projects, operating support, and maintenance costs. Activities must benefit residents of the Municipal District of Bighorn.

The Municipal District of Bighorn provides grants to eligible recipients for various purposes:

  • Initiatives/causes /purposes of a broader scope, that will benefit the Municipal District
  • Organizations sponsoring special activities of benefit to Municipal District residents as a whole
  • Recognized Community Associations / Groups needing funds for recreation, culture, FCSS and facility-related projects

Community Grants Program Grant Types:

  • Community Grant: applications for operational and maintenance projects
  • Council Discretionary Grant: applications for operational and maintenance projects outside the Community Services Grants time frame
  • Community Enhancement Grants: for capital projects available year round. Funds will be used for projects, not programs; funds will not be provided to support an organization's operations. Projects must be open to general public access and participation; and show a direct benefit to the residents of the M.D. Applications for new capital projects must demonstrate the organization's ability to maintain the facility in the long term.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143980

Term of Contract:

- Community Grant: For use January – December 2021

- Council Discretionary Fund Grants: For use during the current year

- Community Enhancement Grant Projects: must be completed within one year

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Grants Program:

Community Organizations should be registered Societies under Provincial regulations/statute. Preference will be given to recognized Community Organizations within the boundaries of the M.D. of Bighorn, and to those Community organizations outside the boundaries of the M.D. that demonstrate a high level of participation by M.D. of Bighorn residents.

Council Discretionary Fund:

Those parties soliciting funds from Council need not be registered Societies under Provincial regulations/statute; however, preference will be given to recognized organizations/activities within the boundaries of the M.D. of Bighorn, and to those organizations/activities outside the boundaries of the M.D. that demonstrate a strong connection to, and benefit for, M.D. of Bighorn residents.

Community Enhancement Program:

There must be a strong volunteer commitment/component to any group seeking funds. Requests for funding for projects outside of the M.D. boundaries can be considered, provided the community where the funding is to be used is not an incorporated municipality, and said community can demonstrate strong ties to the M.D./M.D. residents, in some fashion.

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Deadlines:

Community Services Grants are due Friday, August 21, 2020
- Community Grant applications for operational and maintenance projects are reviewed by the Community Services Board (CSB) in September each year. Recommendations from the CSB are considered by Council as part of the annual budgeting process. Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified via email soon after the budget is finalized with funds being released in January of the grant year.

Council Discretionary Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
- The application process for a Council Discretionary Grant may take up to 3 months.

Community Enhancement Program are available year round.
- Initial discussion of the project is with your Ward Council Member(s), if they support your project a formal application is submitted through Community Services for Council's consideration.

Requests for operational funding should not exceed 50% of the total project cost.

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications, with all required documents, can be submitted to:

Regular Mail/Courier:
Program Applications
M.D. of Bighorn
Box 310, 2 Heart Mountain Drive
Exshaw, Alberta, T0L 2C0

(403) 673-3895

E-mail Community Enhancement Applications to:

Email other grant applications to:
Deb Grady
Community Services Coordinator
Phone: 403-673-3611, ext. 223

Direct Questions to Deb Grady.

Grant Coverage Areas:

Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8

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