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Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grants

Grants to Alberta Community-Serving Nonprofits
for Operations and Capacity Building

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Government of Alberta - Culture and Tourism

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Alberta nonprofit organizations to enhance and strengthen communities throughout the province. The purpose of this program is to empower community organizations and local citizens to respond to local needs. Funding may be used for activities that enhance an organization’s ability to operate and deliver services to the community.

The following outlines the types of projects that will be considered:

-Operating resources. For example, ongoing, volunteer and program personnel, fund development personnel, executive director and other necessary staffing, volunteer development and training, operating supplies, travel, materials and operating projects that develop and enhance the internal capacity of nonprofit organizations.

-Additional operational, service support. For example, strategic planning, ongoing operating development, evaluation, rent, utilities, insurance, technology development, and training.

The Community Operating Grant is intended to support ongoing operating or program costs not project-based initiatives.

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GrantWatch ID#: 173807

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant size is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may have up to two years from check date to complete their projects depending on the agreed terms.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations may include groups that are registered under one of the following:
-Agriculture Societies Act
-Canada Corporations Act (nonprofit sector)
-Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
-Child and Family Services Authorities
-First Nations and Métis Settlements
-Foundations established and regulated under the Regional Health Authorities Act
-Income Tax Act of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities);
-Libraries Act
-Part 9 of the Companies Act (nonprofit)
-Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
-Societies Act
-Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
-Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
-School Act
-Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under the Post-Secondary Learning Act

Funding Limits:
-Organizations can receive no more than one operating grant every three years including funds received under the former Wild Rose Quarterly Grants Program.
-Organizations cannot receive grants under the Community Operating funding category any more than once every three years.
-Organization must be legally registered for a minimum of one year
-No retroactive funding for costs that have already been incurred prior to application submission.

Community Operating Grants cannot be used for:
-Start-up costs of organizations
-Debt or deficit reduction
-Endowment funds
-Contracted fundraising professionals
-Research projects
-Field trips or tours
-Equipment and furnishings
-historic/commemorative book projects
-Artwork, equipment and performances
-Facilities and buildings
-Recreational projects including playgrounds, campgrounds and parks
-Land purchases
-Projects that benefit those who reside outside of Alberta
-Projects that are completed before or between the application deadline and the time you are notified of a decision
-Projects that have received funding from other Government of Alberta funded programs for the same project, however, different aspects of the same project may be funded

Pre-Application Information:

2017-18 Deadline Dates:
-March 15, 2017
-June 15, 2017
-September 15, 2017

2018-19 Deadline Dates:
-January 15, 2018
-May 15, 2018
-September 15, 2018

Community Operating Grant applicants must demonstrate matching funding in the form of cash received from non-Government of Alberta sources, donated goods or services and volunteer time at $15/hour for core and casual volunteer contributions to your organization.


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

Community Initiatives Program
Culture and Community Spirit
Suite 212, 17205 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1M7

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Canada: Alberta