The FCC AgriSpirit Fund provides funding towards community development projects that enhance lives of residents or contributes to sustainability. The FCC AgriSpirit Fund may provide between $5,000 to $25,000 to projects that qualify in a city, town, or Indigenous community with fewer than 150,000 people. Applications will open again in March 2022.
The Alberta Agricultural Societies Program encourages improvement in agriculture and in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community.
The 2022 grant application form is forthcoming. Check their website for more information.
2022 application deadline: February 15, 2022
As part of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the Community Fund provides annual donations of up to $25,000 to charitable organizations to fund mental health services and supports in communities across Canada.
The 2021 Bell Let's Talk Community Fund grant application window is now closed and will re-open in January 2022.
The Built Together Healthy Communities Grant Program was created to help Albertans build spaces for active living in their community. Recipients receive a one-time $50,000 grant to fund an infrastructure project in their community. The application process is open June 1 to September 30.
The Canada Council for the Arts awards grants to artists, groups and arts organizations. The Council's mandate is to foster and promote the study, enjoyment, and production of works in the arts. The Council gives grants for the creation, promotion and dissemination of art and literature, as well as for the development of the arts sector. Grants may also be used to cover the costs of travel, touring and professional development activities associated with producing art and presenting it to the public.
The Foundation will consider applications for projects that address homelessness and the scandalous lack of affordable housing through research, policy development, capacity building and advocacy within the sector. We want to hear from groups engaged in collective efforts to examine and craft solutions for the root causes of Canada's housing crisis. We particularly want to support innovative and cutting edge projects that give priority to Indigenous Peoples and to newcomer/refugee/immigrant communities.
The Catherine Donnelly Foundation reviews grant requests twice yearly (spring & fall) and operates with a two stage application review process:
The new Civil Society Fund (CSF) provides $20 million over 3 years to expand civil society’s capacity to address social problems for Albertans. Organizations can apply for a one-time grant to support an effective and sustainable recovery of the civil society sector.
Funding for 2020-21 is being provided to 21 civil society organizations across the province. Successful grant recipients are providing services to support civil society’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on the next application intake will be posted on their website once available.
Proposals must demonstrate how the project can support transformational change for their organization or the broader civil society sector. Transformational change involves significantly expanding the capacity of civil society to address pressing social issues. Civil society includes non-profit and voluntary organizations, registered charities, informal groups or movements pursuing shared interests or values and private-sector organizations and individuals pursuing social good.
Organizations applying for funding must demonstrate that their proposed project aligns with at least one of the following priority areas:
Co-operators Community Funds support organizations whose programming and services empower marginalized youth (aged 16 – 34) and individuals with mental health challenges to progress along their path toward employability.
The application period for the spring 2021 funding round is now complete.
Fall 2021 funding round: Applications are due September 1, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. (ET). Please note that this will be an invitation-only funding round.
Spring 2022 funding round applications will be handed out starting October 15, 2021. Applications are due January 14, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. (ET).
Organizations interested in applying or requesting more information are invited to contact The Co-operators by email.
This annual grant works to leverage the meaningful work happening in your backyard, everyday, whether it is a community garden project, funding for research, or to address the complexities that come with food insecurity.
The Community Agriculture Grant opens annually for submission on March 1st, and the deadline for applications is May 31st.
Eligible organizations can apply for funding to build Alberta’s capacity to support newcomers and address impacts related to COVID-19.
The 2020-2021 cycle funded projects under one of two streams:
2021 Application period is now closed. Check their website in the fall for more information about upcoming funding calls.
CFEP funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities.
CFEP outcomes are to:
CFEP has 2 funding streams:
Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date the cheque is received by the organization.
Projects must be completed and reporting must be submitted within 30 months from the start date of the signed grant agreement.
The Community Foundation awards grants to Canadian schools, charities, and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of children and youth, up to the age of 21. For Community-based projects, the grant will support projects that increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects create or expand services rather than maintaining existing services, for example purchasing new equipment or launching new programs.
Project grants can total up to $25,000 each.
The next round of funding will open in March 2022.
Community Foundations of Canada provides grants and other investments for towards local priorities such as shelter, education, arts, environment and recreation.
Grant applications vary according to regional Community Foundations. You can find the nearest Community Foundation here.
The Community Grants program is aimed at strengthening the charitable sector and engaging citizens.
The proposed initiative must significantly benefit Calgary and area communities, which includes Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory.
The next application deadline is September 15, 2021 at 4pm.
The Home Depot Community Impact Grant Program provides grants for affordable housing, community-based improvement projects and/or emergency response because of COVID-19 that benefit Canadians in need. Preference will be given to repair, renovation and/or improvement projects to housing and/or other support facilities such as employment services for homeless youth.
The program will reopen August 3, 2021.
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities. There are multiple intake deadlines throughout the year.
CIP outcomes are to:
The Co-op Community Spaces Program was established to improve community health and well-being by building places for Western Canadians to come together, build social connections and enable community development.
Projects can apply for between $25,000 and $150,000 in capital funding in three categories: Recreation, Environmental Conservation, and Urban Agriculture.
Applications will reopen in February 2022.
Alberta Ecotrust funds the people and projects working on Alberta’s most pressing environmental issues. We accomplish this primarily by investing in Alberta environmental non-governmental organizations to more effectively deliver programs, projects, and results that advance their environmental missions within our issue priorities.
Alberta Ecotrust presently has four grant streams: Community Grants, Major Projects, the EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program, and the CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant Program.
The deadline to submit your Letter of Intent is September 17th.
The Federal Community Housing Initiative is a $500 million fund to support federally administered community housing projects reaching the end of their operating agreements from past social and affordable housing programs.
The initiative has two phases:
The two FCHI-2 funding streams are:
Once the transitional funding ends, housing providers will continue to receive rental assistance until the end of the FCHI-2 agreement.
Grassroots Grants help people implement their own small acts of community, right in the communities where they live, by offering small amounts of money for project expenses. Open to Calgary and area, defined as: Calgary, Banff National Park, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory.
The small acts of community can be projects such as:
There are several granting streams:
Stepping Stones encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots community groups undertake small creative projects that build a sense of inclusive belonging in local communities.
Neighbour Grants aim to help people build their sense of inclusive belonging in their own neighbourhoods and communities.
CIBC offers corporate donations and sponsorships.
CIBC will consider funding for:
Corporate donation requests are accepted year-round, but are reviewed annually between January to October.
CIBC Children’s Foundation will consider funding for:
CIBC Children’s Foundation applications are accepted year-round, but are reviewed annually between February to May.
The Local Food Infrastructure Fund is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of Canada's Food Policy which is Canada's roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The program aims to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.
Applications will be accepted until December 31, 2023 (or an earlier date) based on funding availability. Phase 2 application intake is temporarily closed due to amount of applications. Applicants may submit a proposal for a minimum ask of $5,000 to a maximum ask of $250,000. Project activities must be completed by March 31, 2024.
Funding under the Bursary and Training programs is available to social service charities and early childhood education and care charities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
There are two streams of funding available under the Foundation’s bursary funding program – the Muttart Bursary Program and the Leadership Bursary Program.
Often groups do not have the resources available to provide professional development opportunities for staff and key volunteers. Through its two bursary programs, the Foundation awards grants to pay for tuition or registration fees for short-term courses, workshops, conferences or other formal training opportunities. The proposed training must include a knowledge or skill component that has the potential to increase the capacity of the individual staff member or key volunteer to contribute to meeting the organization’s mission.
Through this funding program the Foundation will consider applications that brings together two or more charities to undertake a joint training initiative that would address a specific training need for those organization’s staff or key volunteers. The proposed training initiative must include a knowledge or skill component that has the potential to increase the capacity of individual staff members or key volunteers to contribute to meeting their organization’s mission (i.e. cultural awareness, suicide prevention, child development, accounting, database development, etc.).
This is an ongoing small funding opportunity (over $150) to help big ideas take root by supporting organizations working towards three pillars:
The Rural Communities Foundation was created in 2014 as a way to distribute archived equity funds back into rural communities where UFA has a presence.
The foundation is committed to giving $500,000 over five years to rural Alberta to improve the sustainability of farmers and ranchers in Alberta. Communities are encouraged to apply for projects that enrich education, recreation and culture.
The UFA’s Rural Communities Foundation Grants support projects that:
Eligible Organizations operating within the province of Alberta, including:
The 2021 application period is now closed. Applications were accepted from June 1 until August 31, 2021 and the winners will be announced in October.
Smart and Caring Grants support communities across Southeastern Alberta by enhancing belonging of all citizens and strengthening the nonprofit and voluntary sectors. Grants are awarded based on potential impact and fund availability.
Organizations who are registered with CRA as a qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified donee are eligible to apply.
The current priorities, in particular order, are Mental Health, Work & Economy and Vulnerable Populations – particularly youth & substance abuse.
Spring Grant Cycle: March 15
Fall Grant Cycle: September 15
Community Connection grants encourage residents to engage in local activities that promote resilience, well-being and community connections in a way that meets Alberta Health Services COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Micro grants of up to $350 are intended to increase social connection and a sense of support between residents in Strathcona County. Applications for Community Connection Grants are now closed. Applications for 2022 will be open next spring.
Community Change Grants support innovative, creative projects that bring people together for positive community change, while increasing social connection and inclusion in Strathcona County. Grants of up to $2,000 are available to supplement resident-led innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on emerging opportunities in the community. Applications for Community Change grants are now closed. Applications for 2022 will be open next spring.
UCeed is a pre-seed investment fund utilizing loans and equity investments to accelerate transformational impact in our communities.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The UCeed Social Impact Fund has four investment advisory meetings per year. To be guaranteed consideration in upcoming intake periods, applications must be submitted by the following deadline: December 17, 2021 (round 3).