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Alberta Community Partnership (ACP)

Grants to Alberta Local Governments and Metis
Settlements to Enhance Municipal Services and Capacity

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Alberta Municipal Affairs

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02/01/18 - Mediation and Cooperative Processes, Municipal Restructuring, and Strategic Initiatives


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Grants to Alberta local government agencies, Metis settlements, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society to promote the long-term sustainability and viability of municipalities throughout the province. This program supports a broad range of capacity building initiatives and regional collaborations. Key outcomes sought include: new and enhanced regional municipal services; improved municipal capacity to respond to municipal and regional priorities; and effective intermunicipal relations through joint and collaborative activities.

Funding Components:

Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC):

The objective of the Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) component is to promote municipal viability by providing support to partnerships of two or more municipalities to develop regional land use plans and service delivery frameworks.

By having regional land use plans and frameworks for service delivery in place, municipalities lay the foundation to move from concept to reality. The plans and frameworks will ensure that:
-Roles and responsibilities have been defined;
-Participating municipalities are on board with the next step; and
-The partnership knows what it will take in time and resources to get their project off the ground.

Municipal Restructuring (MR):

The Municipal Restructuring (MR) component provides financial support to municipalities for projects associated with regional governance and municipal restructuring processes such as amalgamation, dissolution or viability reviews.

The objectives of MR funding are to assist municipalities with the cost of:
-Completing studies that may result in municipal restructuring or regional governance;
-Infrastructure studies for municipalities undergoing a viability review or following a dissolution;
-Transition following a dissolution or amalgamation; and
-Debt servicing and critical infrastructure upgrades following a dissolution.

Mediation and Cooperative Processes (MCP):

The Mediation and Cooperative Processes (MCP) component provides support to municipalities to develop collaborative protocols and processes to proactively manage conflict, or to assist in the negotiation of service agreements for the creation of Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).

This enables municipalities to rely on an agreed-upon process for collaboration. This component also supports municipalities in using mediation, facilitation, or other dispute resolution alternatives to resolve intermunicipal conflict as local solutions provide the ability to control the outcomes and create options in the best interests of residents. This component is comprised of a Mediation stream and Cooperative Processes stream.

Municipal Internship (MI):

The Municipal Internship (MI) component provides support to municipalities and planning service agencies to recruit, train, and retain competent municipal employees who can progress into leadership positions in Alberta municipalities. The intent of this program component is to help train interns so that they may pursue careers in municipal administration, finance, or land use planning and help build the capacity of Alberta’s municipal sector.

Strategic Initiatives (SI):

The Strategic Initiatives (SI) component provides grants for initiatives in which the project outcomes are of ministry or provincial strategic significance and do not align with the other program components.
Support for initiatives that align with provincial priorities and address intermunicipal needs of strategic significance

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167313

Estimated Size of Grant:

See component schedules in the Program Guidelines for specific details regarding funding amounts.

Term of Contract:

The ACP program year is based on the provincial fiscal year which commences April 1. Grant funds can be retroactively applied to approved projects beginning April 1 of the current program year unless otherwise stipulated in the executed CGA.

See component schedules in the Program Guidelines for specific details regarding time periods to use grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, special areas) may apply for all funding components.

Improvement Districts may apply for the following funding components: IC, MCP, or SI

Métis Settlements may apply for the following funding components: IC, MCP, or SI

Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society may apply for the following funding components: IC, MCP, MI Administrator, or SI

Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board and Calgary Regional Partnership may apply for the following funding components: MI Land Use Planner or SI

Municipally-controlled planning service agencies may apply for the following funding components: MI Land Use Planner

Contributions to other Entities:

Ineligible entities under the ACP include individuals, for-profit corporations, not-for-profit organizations, regional services commissions (excluding planning commissions), intermunicipal entities, and municipal subsidiary corporations (for-profit and not-for-profit).

Successful applicants may contract these entities to conduct project activities. In these instances, the contracted entity is not considered a project partner, and the applicant remains responsible for the use of the funds, achieving project outcomes, and reporting on activities related to the approved project.

The following expenses are ineligible for all components:
-Existing and ongoing operational costs;
-Floodway mapping costs;
-Costs already funded under other grant programs; and
-Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are advised to review the full guidelines of the component for which they intend to apply. More information regarding project scope, funding terms, eligibility, and funding amounts may be found in the Program Guidelines (see Supporting Documents below).

Municipal Internship applications are due September 1, 2017.

Intermunicipal Collaboration applications are due January 2, 2018.

Mediation and Cooperative Processes, Municipal Restructuring, and Strategic Initiatives accepted up to February 1, 2018.

Project applications may be submitted through ACP Online (ACPO). Access to ACPO is through MAConnect, the web portal that provides external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs’ key business applications.

Municipalities that have already signed up for MAConnect can request staff access to ACPO through the municipality’s MAConnect Stakeholder Administrator. The Stakeholder Administrator is the person delegated to manage access to applications in MAConnect on behalf of the municipality through the MAConnect Stakeholder Agreement. If the municipality needs to assign another Stakeholder Administrator, a request can be emailed.

Municipalities that do not have access to MAConnect will need to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to ACPO. Once the Stakeholder Agreement has been signed and returned to Municipal Affairs, the municipality will be able to request access to ACPO through their designated Stakeholder Administrator.

Additional information regarding Mediation and Cooperative Processes

Additional information regarding Municipal Internship

Contact Information:

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

Apply through MAConnect:

For assistance with MAConnect, contact:
780-644-2413 (toll-free 310-0000)

Grants and Education Property Tax Branch
Alberta Municipal Affairs
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

Phone: 780-422-7125
Dial 310-0000 for toll-free connection in Alberta
Fax: 780-422-9133

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