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Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for General Operating Support

Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG)

City of Edmonton

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #161226

Grant Description

Grants to Alberta nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended for general operating support. Eligible organizations may have a focus that falls into one of the following categories: social services or sports and recreation. Organizations must serve residents of Edmonton.


  1. Organizations that demonstrate how they are currently, or how they are working towards, increasing social inclusion and/or equitable access to their programs and services.
  2. Organizations demonstrate sound management practices and good governance (financial, board, and organizational) in carrying out their objectives.

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization’s primary mandate must fall under one of the following:

- Social Services - Social programs and activities that help Edmontonians to strengthen personal or community life.
- Recreation/Amateur Sport - Those activities and experiences in which individuals choose to participate in their leisure time, such as: athletic, physical, historical, cultural, social and intellectual activities.

Your organization must also:
- Be a not-for-profit organization registered for at least a year.
- Have the majority of its participants living in Edmonton.
- Provide direct ongoing programs and services that improve quality of life primarily for Edmontonians.
- Accomplish an adequate level of activity to merit a grant.
- Address the CIOG priorities and guidelines through their programs and services.
- Have open membership except for valid program factors (for example - age).
- Use the grant to further the applicant’s mandate as outlined in its constitutional documents.
- Demonstrate sound board and financial governance practices. Examples of unsound governance practices could include having a board member also in a paid staff role within the organization, lack of financial controls/review.
- Demonstrate initiative and success in generating diverse sources of funding.
- Submit application and required documents by the deadline.
- Have year-end financial statements that follow generally accepted accounting principles for not-for-profit organizations.

The applicant for a Community Investment Operating Grant must not:
- Receive operating funds allocated by any other City of Edmonton source including City Council, Committees of City Council or grants administered by the Edmonton Arts Council or Edmonton Heritage Council.
- Use the grant for capital purposes, including but not restricted to, the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities.
- Use the grant, directly or indirectly, to further a profit venture.
- Be in arrears of payments to their accounts with the City of Edmonton.
- Have outstanding reports for any previous grants received from the City of Edmonton.
- Pay Board members for their role on the board or as paid employees (some exceptions may be considered).

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is extended to Wednesday, March 2, 2022 by 11:59pm.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Direct questions to James Thompson at or 780-496-4946.

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