Grants With Ongoing Applications

ACCA Unleashing Local Capital
Unleashing Local Capital is a unique and innovative local financing program that empowers groups to mobilize resources in their community to finance local business development and foster community ownership. It is based on the premise that we have the resources, the leadership, and the know-how in our communities to make them vibrant places based on a strong local-economy. The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association, along with a host of partners has helped numerous Albertan Communities establish Opportunity Development Co-operatives; for-profit co-operatives that pools money within the community to finance business development. Opportunity Development Co-operatives are also RRSP eligible, meaning that millions of dollars can easily be accessed and taken out of places like Wall-Street and Bay-Street to be used to build a better main-street! If you are interested in building a strong local economy in your community, the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association can help you establish an Opportunity Development Co-operative
Application Accepted All Year

Accessible Community Loan Program
This solution has been created with non-profits specifically in mind and is the only product of its kind in Canada. The loan is designed to assist in the barrier-free modification of buildings owned by non-profits who may otherwise have difficulty affording to do so through traditional channels. It works as a 1 to 3 year term loan with interest-only payments in the first year giving non-profits the ability to easily afford payments and up to three years to fund raise to pay off the loan. Further, we have combined this solution with other services as part of a turn-key solution for non-profit organizations looking to better serve their aging or disabled members.
Application Accepted All Year

AECEA Professional Development Funding (Child Development Supervisors)
Each year, the AECEA is able to award up to $217,500 in funding to those CDS’ looking to improve their skills and knowledge and in the process, enhance the quality of child care programs and adhere with the Provincial Family Day Home Standards and legislated requirements for licensed child care in Alberta. While this is not an exhaustive list, these are some examples of courses and workshops that might be approved for funding:

  • Leadership
  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Program management (human resources, financial, etc.)
  • Coaching
  • Communication (with children, families & other professionals)
  • Curriculum framework (Play, participation, and possibilities)
  • Children’s rights and mental health
  • Cultural sensitivity and diversity
  • Inclusion

Conferences must be offered by an approved Canadian institution or association, and be conducted within Canada (preferably Alberta) Workshops must be offered through an approved trainer or facilitator who has the necessary educational background and experience to deliver the specific workshop content. Post-secondary courses must be offered through a Canadian publicly funded post-secondary institution.
Applications must be received a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months in advance for workshops, and up to four months in advance for post-secondary courses.

Alberta Accreditation Funding for Child Care Programs
Accreditation funding is available to licensed day care and out-of-school care programs as well as contracted family day home agencies that are enrolled in Alberta Child Care Accreditation.

  • Wage Top-Up (Staff/Provider Support Funding) – provides a wage top-up for eligible paid program staff/providers over and above the base wage paid by the employer. Staff must be paid at least minimum wage, before the wage top-up is added to their pay.
  • Professional Development Grant – available to eligible certified staff to help obtain higher levels of certification and attend approved conferences and workshops related to early learning and child care.
  • Staff Attraction Incentive – available to support the recruitment of qualified staff. This funding is also considered a “wage” under the Alberta Employment Standards Code. Read more about this funding.
  • Benefit Contribution Grant – provided to child care programs to offset the costs of the mandatory provincial and federal employer contributions associated with the wage top-up funding and the child care staff attraction incentive allowance including statutory pay, vacation pay, Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Workers Compensation Board (WCB) premium
    Application Accepted All Year

Alberta Culture The Other Initiatives Program (OIP)
Provides financial assistance for Community-based projects that fall outside the scope of other Community Grants funding streams including one time projects, international disaster relief and, projects that are emergency or urgent in nature.
Application Accepted All Year

Alberta Sports Connection
FunTeam Family Try-athlon GrantApplication Accepted 2 Months Prior to Event
This grant is available to any community group or individual who is interested is hosting a FunTeam Try-athlon. The grant is in the amount of $500 will go towards prizing and other costs associated with the event.|
FunTeam Mini Try-athlon GrantApplication Accepted 2 Months Prior to Event
The Mini Try-athlon is a great way to introduce your community or school to FunTeam and is a great addition to community get-togethers and school functions. The Mini Try-athlon program consists of various stations that children and youth play their way through. FunTeam provides the equipment needed for the stations, colourful instructional posters to accompany each station and a $75 subsidy for healthy snacks and prizes.
RecTeam Event Grant
This grant is available to existing FunTeam groups or other community groups that are interested in hosting a one-day event. This event could be in the form of a wind-up tournament, a barbeque fundraiser, or any other event that allows families and communities to get active together. The grant is in the amount of $500.00
Application Accepted All Year.

Alberta Order of Excellence Council
The Alberta Order of Excellence Council receives and considers the nominations of candidates for future induction into the Alberta Order of Excellence. The Council is made up of volunteer representatives appointed by Order-in-Council from across Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

ALIGN Leadership Bursary
ALIGN Leadership Bursary for Non-Accredited Programs
The focus will be to develop or enhance leadership skills and innovation in service delivery and development, human resource
management, organizational excellence and fiscal management. Tuition costs for non-accredited programs (max. $5,000 does not cover travel costs).
Application Accepted All Year

CAJG Applicant Guide
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.
NEW: CAJG now offers more training incentives to employers

  • 100% of training cost covered for eligible unemployed hires (up to $15,000) with incremental training requirement waived
  • Sole proprietors can now train their employees using CAJG
  • Assistance on travel costs for small and medium-sized organizations (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100km one way

Application Accepted All Year

Atco Community Investment
ATCO seeks to support Aboriginal organizations and initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic and social development of Aboriginal communities. ATCO believes that supporting sustainable communities means also investing in young leaders through promoting education focusing on community-building initiatives in the areas of health, safety and environment, arts and culture and community development
Application Accepted All Year

Calgary Foundation Strategic Opportunity Grants
Strategic Opportunity Grants support small to mid-sized Calgary and area qualified donees with small, time-sensitive, strategic initiatives. Grants are given to support organization transformation and unique opportunities. Application deadline: noon on the first of every month.
Application deadline: noon on the first of every month

Carthy Foundation Fund
What they Fund: Youth: Initiatives that have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness or on career transitions for youth and young adults. Environment: Initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. Average Grant Size: No defined range for grants. Projects are assessed and funded on a case-bycase basis.
Application Accepted All Year

Community Foundation Of Lethbridge And Southwestern Alberta H.S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.
The objective of this fund is to provide support through community organizations to people who are committed to sustaining the rural communities of southwestern Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

Community Initiatives Program’s (CIP) Alberta Canada 150
Provides $2 million to support projects that align with the four themes of the Federal Canada 150 approach which include:
• Diversity, inclusion and the building of common interests and relationships.
• Supporting efforts towards reconciliation of indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.
• Enga
Application Accepted All Year

First Calgary Financial Stepping Stones Grant, in partnership with The Calgary Foundation
These small grants encourage active citizenship by helping residents undertake small, creative project that benefit their local community.
Applications due by midnight of the 1st of every month

Lethbridge Community Foundations H.S. Varley Fund for Rural Life
Expressions of interest welcome at any time. Supporting the quality of life in rural Southwestern Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

Max Bell Foundation
Project Grants
Project Grants support clearly defined activities designed to achieve a specific purpose that aligns
with the Foundation’s mission: the development of innovative ideas that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment; and their strategic priority: to support projects which educate Canadians about public policy and practice alternatives. Average Grant Size: $50,000 – $200,000
Application Accepted Year Round
Development Grants
Development Grants support organizations who wish to hire a junior-level person to work for a short term (typically 4 month), full time contract. Average Grant Size: $12,000 Max Bell Foundation’s program areas are: health, education and environment
Application Accepted Year Round
Senior Fellow Grants
Senior Fellow Grants support mid-career individuals who wish to undertake a well-defined project that will add value to debates over critical public policy issues in health and wellness, education and/or environment. Average Grant Size: $80,000 – $100,000
Application Accepted Year Round

National Resource Council Canada
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. Through federal departments and agencies, among others, the Youth Employment Strategy assists employers in hiring young Canadians. Provides small and medium-sized for profit enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. 
Application Accepted Year Round

Piikani Youth & Education Foundation Group and Community Grants

offers support in a variety of areas for Piikani Nation groups and organization working toward the betterment of our community
Deadline for Applications: 12:00 pm of the 3rd Friday of the Month

RBC Youth Mental Health Project
The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. The RBC Youth Mental Health Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. Through the Project, they have provided more than $34 million to organizations dedicated to helping kids and families get the programs and resources they need.
Application Accepted All Year

Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
Celebrate the great volunteers who selflessly offer their time and effort to contribute to your community. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.The Governor General is aiming to recognize as many great volunteers as possible during Canada’s 150th year.
The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. The Youth Justice Fund has three components: the Main Fund, Drug Treatment, and Guns, Gangs and Drugs
Application Accepted All Year

Youth Justice Fund
Provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. The Youth Justice Fund has three components: the Main Fund, Drug Treatment, and Guns, Gangs and Drugs
Application Accepted All Year

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