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Community Initiatives Program - Project-Based Grant

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, First Nations,
and IHEs for Projects Benefitting Local Communities

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Government of Alberta, Culture and Tourism

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, IHEs, First Nations, and Metis settlements for projects to enrich and enhance communities throughout the province. Funding may be requested for community events, community publications, and new programs and initiatives that serve Alberta communities.

Eligible projects and expenses for this grant include, but are not limited to:
-Installation of equipment or technology
-New community initiatives (new programs, organizational start-up, prototyping, pilot projects)
-Hosting of a community event (festivals, symposiums, workshops)
-Technology (website design, computers, software)
-Production costs (plays, books, films, exhibits)
-Equipment (furniture, team sports equipment, licensed vehicles)

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GrantWatch ID#: 163841

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding available is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

You can start your project any time after the application has been received.

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date the grant cheque is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

The following organizations and community nonprofit organizations can apply for this program:

A registered community nonprofit organization in Alberta (and in good standing) under one of these Acts:

Provincial Legislation
-Agriculture Societies Act
-Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
-Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
-Part 9 of the Companies Act, (Nonprofit Companies)
-Libraries Act
-School Act
-Societies Act
-Special Act of the Alberta Legislature

Federal Legislation
-Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
-Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
-Income Tax Act(of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities)

Eligible applicants also include:
-First Nations and Métis Settlements
-Foundations established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act
-Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act

Organizations must have an Alberta-based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

Ineligible Applicants:

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under the CIP Project-Based Grant:
-For-profit organizations
-Any other organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned Acts
-Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting or reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Tourism

Ineligible Projects:

Projects that are not eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:
-Private or commercial sector projects or programs
-Construction and renovation projects—Organizations can apply for funding for these projects through the Community Facility Enhancement Program
-Core/essential municipal, provincial, federal projects or programs and services which are the responsibility of the governing body
-Projects that are linked to the delivery of core education, health and wellness, and social services programs
-Outdoor spaces (such as playgrounds, skateparks, climbing walls, outdoor fitness equipment, or outdoor classrooms)
-Travel projects
-Debt reduction

Ineligible Expenses:
-Moving expenses
-Endowments, donations or bursaries
-Expenses incurred before submitting your application

Pre-Application Information:

CIP Project-Based funding is approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute towards the expenses of the project an equal or greater amount than the CIP Project-Based grant request. The matching funding may be in the form of cash or donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be directly related to the project.

Organizations may be considered for up to $10,000 in CIP funding without providing matching funding.

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

Annual application deadlines:
-January 15
-May 15
-September 15

Applicants will be notified about the results during the following times:
-July (January 15 deadline)
-November (May 15 deadline)
-March (September 15 deadline)

If your application was declined, you can submit a new application for the same project as long as the expenses are not considered retroactive as of the submission date the new application.

Contact Information:

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

Contact the Community Grants office at:

Phone: 780-422-9598
Toll-free: 1-800-642-3855


Community Initiatives Program Project-Based
Alberta Culture and Tourism
212, 17205 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1M7

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