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Community Initiatives Program (CIP) International Development Grants

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for Humanitarian
Efforts in Developing Countries

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations to support humanitarian projects in developing countries. Eligible projects are those that address the priorites of basic needs, small business development, women in development, and emergency disaster relief.

CIP International Development funding testifies to Albertans’ concern for social justice and desire to help those less fortunate around the world. The program aims to encourage a positive Alberta presence internationally by creating progressive change for people and communities. Funding is provided to small and medium-sized Alberta-based non-government organizations for the improvement of health, social, and economic conditions in developing nations.

All of Alberta’s assistance involves the spirit of global citizenship and is provided with the utmost respect for the culture, environment, dignity, and independence of its beneficiaries.

Eligible CIP International Development projects may include (but are not limited to) the following:

- Immunization and health;
- Education and awareness;
- Food production and livelihood;
- Micro-financing and sustainability;
- Sanitation and hygiene;
- Construction and re-building; and
- Emergency disaster relief (short-term and temporary interventions).

CIP International Development projects must fall under one or more of the following priorities:

- Basic Needs – Supporting basic education and literacy, primary health care, water, sanitation, family planning, nutrition, shelter, and food production.
- Women in Development – Supporting activities that directly benefit women and their full participation as equal partners in the sustainable development of their communities.
- Small Business Development – Supporting activities where small business development, skills training, and micro-enterprise will reduce poverty by generating income and employment growth.
- Human Infrastructure Development – Supporting activities that strengthen the capacity of organizations to better plan and manage social and economic development in their communities.
- Emergency Disaster Relief – When a natural disaster occurs, CIP will consider requests from organizations on a first-come, first-served basis. The amount of assistance and the eligibility of the organization will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature and location of the disaster and how the funds will be spent. Any organization interested in making application for emergency disaster relief must first contact the program office to determine eligibility.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate project funding requests:
- Projects must address a community-identified need and demonstrate community involvement. Community members should be involved in the project planning, implementation, evaluation, and future preservation;
- Inspire local leadership; and
- Have an experienced member of the applicant organization or overseas partner responsible for the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173804

Estimated Size of Grant:

CIP International Development funding is approved on a matching basis to a maximum of $25,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be spent within 30 months of receiving the grant payment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Assistance is provided to projects run by:

-Small and medium-sized organizations
-Alberta-based organizations
-Non-government organizations

Organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the International Development Grant Stream if they meet all of the following criteria:

Community nonprofit organizations who are registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts:

Provincial Legislation (Alberta)
- Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
- Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
- Societies Act
- SpecialAct of the Legislature

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

In addition:
- Organizations that have been in existence for a minimum of two years;
- Have as a fundamental purpose or stated objects that include international development;
- Have prior international development experience; and
- Be actively engaged in fundraising in Alberta for the purposes of international development.

Organizations based outside of Alberta may apply for the third and final intake (September 15 application deadline) and must have:
- A strong Alberta presence;
- Alberta fundraising to match the requested grant;
- Extra-Provincial Corporation registration with the Government of Alberta Corporate Registry; and
- A staff member or board elected director with signing authority who is a resident of Alberta.

The following organizations are not eligible for funding under CIP:
- Organizations whose total annual expenses, pertaining to international development activities, exceeding $1.5 million;
- For-profit organizations;
- Organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned Acts;
- Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Tourism;
- Organizations outside of Canada; and
- Individuals.

CIP International Development funding cannot be used for expenses related to:
- Preparation of funding applications, committee planning meetings, or fundraising;
- Debt reduction and retroactive expenses incurred prior to the application submission date;
- Administrative or organizational operational costs in Canada;
- Monitoring or evaluation costs; or
- Contingency costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds: The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the CIP grant request towards the expenses of the project. The matching funds must be raised in Alberta, may be in the form of cash only, and must be in the bank at the time of application.

Annual application deadlines:

- January 15, 2018
- May 15, 2018
- September 15, 2018

Notification dates:

- June 2018
- October 2018
- February 2019

Out-of-province organizations may apply for the September 15 application deadline date only.

Contact Information:

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

Email or mail applications to:


CIP International Development
Alberta Culture and Tourism
905, 10405 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4R7

For CIP International Development inquiries, please contact:

Jackie Switzer, Program Coordinator
P: (780) 422-2315
F: (780) 644-8800

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