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

Community Grants

Municipal District of Bighorn

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #143980

Grant Description

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 Service 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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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

Additional Geographic Information:

Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for 2023 Community Service Grants is Friday September 16, 2022.

- Community Service 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 Grants or Community Enhancement Grants may be available outside the Community Grants time frame. For Community Enhancement Grants, you must contact your Ward Councillor(s) to discuss your project prior to formal application. The application process for a Council Discretionary Grant may take up to 3 months.

Council Discretionary Grants: The application process for a Council Discretionary Grant may take up to 3 months.

Community Enhancement Grants for capital projects are available year round and these capital projects must be completed within one year.

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

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Community Service Grant: Average grant size is approximately $2,100.

Contact Information:

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

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

Fax: (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.

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