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Community Investment Operating Grant (CIOG)

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for
General Operating Support

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01/27/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Alberta nonprofit organizations that 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, multicultural, or sports and recreation. Organizations must serve residents of Edmonton.


  1. Organizations demonstrate sound management practices and good governance (financial, board, and organizational) in carrying out their constitutional objectives
  2. Organizations address the City of Edmonton’s 10-year goal to “Improve Edmonton’s Livability” by contributing towards goals and objectives in Edmonton’s People Plan: The Way We Live.

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GrantWatch ID#: 161226

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.
- Multicultural - promote individual and group relations, in which ethnic, racial, religious and language similarities and differences are valued, respected and shared.
- 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).


- Organizations may receive 1 operating grant per year funded by the City of Edmonton. These include operating grant programs for community leagues and seniors’ centers, as well as operating grant programs administered by the Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Heritage Council.
- Edmonton based organizations providing services and programs outside of Edmonton may be considered provided that separate financial information is submitted for the Edmonton-based programs and services.
- Organizations that have 2 years or more of unrestricted cash reserves or restricted but available for operating expenses, may not be considered for an operating grant.
- Organizations with operating expenses over 2 million dollars will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submitting your application is Wednesday, January 27, 2021 by 11:59pm.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have any issues with the online application form, please call the Grants Office for assistance at 780-496-4933.

Fax: 780-577-3525

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Canada: Alberta: City of Edmonton;

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