Upcoming Deadlines – Nonprofit Grants, Bursaries and Awards

The following list displays grant, awards and bursaries – primarily  listed in order of deadline. If you want to view those with ongoing applications Click Here

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
    Applications open now

Alberta to fund green upgrades for non-profits Sarah Rieger · CBC News · Posted: Sep 26, 2018 4:40 PM MT | Last Updated: September 26 Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET)
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips announced the latest step in the Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Programat the single-day Alberta Climate Summit Currently through NEET — which is overseen by provincial agency Energy Efficiency Alberta — non-profits can receive audits to identify opportunities to save on energy costs.The next step in the program will see the government working with contractors to purchase and install the needed upgrades, which could be everything from LED light bulbs to new furnaces or solar energy systems. “When non-profits want to take those next steps after getting their energy audit, when they have that no-cost audit in hand, our contractors will make the changes for them at no cost or very little cost for larger projects,” said Phillips. The audit phase of the program wrapped up this week (Sept 27, 2018), and Energy Efficiency Alberta states on its website that it expects to have completed 180 audits when it finishes processing the current round of applications. “It’s a huge benefit to non-profits and will actually lower their energy bills,” he said. Audit costs are covered up to $12,000, but no dollar figure has been announced for the upgrade portion of the program. Read Article

AABRD Legacy Award
The AABRD Legacy Award recognizes the achievements of individuals, communities, and organizations that strive to advance integrated recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.
Now Open for 2018 Application – No Deadline Given (2017 deadline was July 14)

Barbara Hill Merit Award
The prestigious Barbara Hill Merit Award honours individuals or groups who have contributed significantly to ARPA through recreation or parks development in Alberta. Nominees include practitioners, volunteer leaders or board members in any recreation or park related agency.
Now Open for 2018 Application – No Deadline Given (2017 deadline was July 14)

Wild Rose Award
The prestigious Wild Rose Award recognizes individuals or community service organizations for their dedication to recreation and parks, be it professional, lay or philosophic. It may be awarded to recognize professional or significant personal involvement or long service in support of recreation or parks endeavours on a provincial level.
Now Open for 2018 Application – No Deadline Given (2017 deadline was July 14)

Calgary Foundation Major & Signature Grants
Assist charitable organizations in all parts of the charitable sector by providing grants to support single or multi-year, large-scale charitable initiatives that are broad in scope and transform our community. Grants support local or national initiatives that impact Calgary and area by addressing major issues and encouraging participation in charitable activities from a great number of citizens.
Deadline November 1 annually

Alberta Arts Council Festival Operating Grant
The purpose of the Festival Operating Grant is to provide limited operating assistance to established non-profit organizations for the purpose of producing festival events in Edmonton.
Deadline November 1, 2018

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline November 1, 2018

Alberta Business Awards of Distinction
The Diversity Award of Distinction
The Diversity Award of Distinction recognizes an inclusive business/ organization which demonstrate best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and valued as unique individuals. Inclusion is the act of creating a work environment of hiring and staff development practices in which all employees feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued, and able to fully participate in the organization’s mission and business performance.
Deadline November 9, 2018
Indigenous Award of Distinction
The Indigenous Award of Distinction recognizes a business/organization that demonstrates outstanding business achievement by incorporating Indigenous cultural concepts & community engagement into organizational strategies, practices and processes.
Deadline November 9, 2018
Mentorship Award of Distinction
The Mentorship Award of Distinction recognizes a business/ organization that endorses a distinct strategy or program that promotes mentorship internally or externally.
Deadline November 9, 2018
Community Attraction Award of Distinction
The Community Attraction Award of Distinction recognizes a business/organization that has impact/influence on a community by making that community a more attractive place to work, live, visit and play.
Deadline November 9, 2018

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund
Investments under this program will help women-owned and women-led businesses to grow their existing businesses, so they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide non-repayable funding up to $100,000 for projects that focus on the pursuit of market opportunities abroad; scale-up, expansion and growth; and additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund.
Deadline November 15, 2018

Community Environment Action Grant
The Government of Alberta Community Environment Action grant is available to nonprofit groups wishing to design and deliver evidence-based climate education projects across Alberta.Eligible projects will focus on social benefits, such as creating or supporting community and partnership-building opportunities. Projects must also utilize the climate literacy continuum. A total of $600,000 is available. Funding will range between $25,000 and $150,000 per applications.
Deadline November 18, 2018

The WES Ecosystem Fund
This $85 million, five-year program will strengthen capacity of organizations supporting women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business supports they need to start or grow a business. Projects must be led by nonprofit organizations and must respond to the needs of diverse and under-represented women. There is a national/multi-regional stream and a regional stream under the fund.
Deadline November 22, 2018

Family and Community Safety Program (FCSP) Grants
This call will focus on projects that address family violence, sexual violence, bullying, and the promotion of healthy relationships.
Deadline November 30, 2018

Great Kids Award
Great Kids Award was launched to recognize children and youth who positively impacted their communities. Do you know a great kid in your community? Consider nominating them for a Great Kid Award. Alberta’s great kids deserve recognition because they are examples to all Albertans of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity.
Deadline November 30, 2018

Lois Hole Community Leadership Award
Recognizing an outstanding individual, business or group who reflects the Centre’s mission and values and has, through their efforts, demonstrated an ongoing commitment to family literacy in Alberta
Deadline November 30, 2018

Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association, ECALA
Annual Grant to organizations in Edmonton who provide educational services to adult learners
Open for Application December 2018

InMotion Network: Go Girl Event Grants
Go Girl events provide a unique opportunity for communities to reach out to their teen girls. Communities are encouraged to apply for a grant to host such an event. InMotion Network provides Go Girl grants up to a maximum of $2500
Deadline December 1, 2019

Canada Awards for Excellence (Excellence Canada)
Presented annually to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®. Through their achievement and results, these organizations have made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Canadians.

  • BTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiative

Deadline December 1 for funding  after March 1 (application available September 2)

Edmonton Community Foundation Community Grant Program
The Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. If you don’t have a recent relationship with them (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to $40,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to $80,000.
Deadline December 1 for funding  after March 1 (application available September 2)

Edmonton Heritage Counsel Project Accelerator Grant
Project Accelerator grants are designed to support individuals and organizations undertaking a small scale heritage project that tells an Edmonton story in a unique or innovative way. The Project Accelerator grant will support up to $10,000 of eligible expenses, including facilitator or consultant fees, project or programming expenses, or communications expense. Applicants must be an individual, a collective of individuals, or a registered organization whose residence or location of work is in Edmonton/Capital Region. The project must have programming and interpretation specifically about an Edmonton story and have a demonstrated benefit to the residents of Edmonton
Deadline December 7, 2018

Edmonton Heritage Counsel Travel Grants
The Edmonton Heritage Council offers two types of travel grants: research and education. Research travel grants offer limited assistance to individuals—up to $4000—for funding research that will lead to the telling of untold stories related to Edmonton’s heritage, and must be conducted outside the corporate limits of the City of Edmonton. Education travel grants offer limited assistance to individuals—up to $4000—for funding travel for educational opportunities at workshops, conferences and formal educational programs that will benefit the applicant personally and, by extension, Edmonton’s heritage sector. To be eligible, individuals must live and/or work in the Edmonton Capital Region and have work focusing on Edmonton stories.
Deadline December 7, 2018

Alberta Community Restorative Justice Grants
The Alberta government is supporting organizations that give victims a voice and address the causes of crime in communities across the province. Organizations that practice, promote or develop initiatives that focus on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community can now apply for funding through the Alberta Community Restorative Justice (ACRJ) Grant program.

A total of $700,000 is available to nonprofit organizations, including:
incorporated nonprofit and volunteer organizations
coalitions
local community groups
First Nations
A maximum of $50,000 per initiative per year is available for use over a period of up to two years for programs or initiatives using innovative, promising and proven practices.Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 ACRJ grants.
Deadline December 13, 2018.

Energy Efficiency Education Grant Program
Provides funding to organizations to help Albertans build awareness, skills and capacity to take action on energy efficiency and renewable energy right in their own community. This is a tremendous opportunity for organizations to leverage education related to enhancing energy efficiency and build capacity in communities to deliver GHG reductions.
Deadline December 31, 2018

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline January 1, 2019

Nonprofit Innovation Awards
You brought an idea to life. You chose to adapt and work differently for greater community impact. You moved beyond the status quo into uncharted territory. Perhaps your nonprofit accomplished more in a partnership than it could have alone. You shifted direction, not knowing how things would turn out. You’re proud of what your organization did, and you learned so much along the way – with vision and passion steering you through the ups and downs of the risk you took. Now it’s your turn to inspire others by entering your story in the 2017 Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards. These annual awards showcase nonprofits that have stepped out of their comfort zones to make a difference. Winners will receive $2,500 and have their story shared with others across the sector.Any nonprofit operating in Calgary and Area may apply.
Open January 2019

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based Funding
Provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.
CIP outcomes are to strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of community organizations and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit
Deadline January 15, 2019
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grant
Deadline January 15, 2019

Alberta Culture Community Initiatives Program Project-Based Grant
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based grant supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for:
New programs and initiatives
Community events
Community publications
Deadline January 15, 2019

Calgary Learns 2018-19 Call for Proposals
Program funding applications for foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians
Deadline Jan. 15, 2019

Digital Skills for Youth program
Nonprofits with less than 100 employees could qualify to receive a wage subsidy of up to 50% to hire recent post-secondary graduates for six months or longer. This youth internship program is funded through the federal government’s Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program and is coordinated by the University of Calgary. Various jobs requiring digital skills are eligible and might include: social media coordinator, database administration, web developer, or business intelligence analyst
Employer Application Deadline January 25, 2019

The Supported Referral program is a part of a diverse range of services that have been developed to assist individuals in moving to safe and stable accommodations, including Housing First Intensive Case Management, Rapid Re-Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Assertive Community Treatment. Each of these programs provides a unique approach to linking participants to housing opportunities. The Supported Referral program is a low intensity service that is intended to assist individuals who have some barriers to accessing housing on their own, but who already have existing relationships with the partner agency. Participants will benefit from accessing one-time financial assistance through a “client start-up” fund provided to the Supported Referral partner with the purpose of restoring housing stability and participant independence. Funds for the Supported Referral Program do not replace or duplicate services that are currently available. For example, emergency funds through Alberta Supports. The Supported Referral Program has been made available to partner agencies through the Government of Canada’s “Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s Innovative Solutions to Homelessness” fund in the amount of $320,000. The Government of Alberta, Community and Social Services is also contributing to this program through the Outreach Support Services Initiative in the amount of $200,000.
These resources are confirmed up until January 31st, 2019.

Canadian Tire Jump Start Program
Community-based charitable program that helps children in financial need to participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, soccer and swimming. Canadian Tire Jumpstart accepts applications from eligible families twice per year:
Accept Applications the last 2 weeks in January

Laidlaw Foundations Indigenous Youth & Community Futures Fund
This call is open to Indigenous youth-led groups that are based in traditional territories spanning Ontario. A youth-led group generally consists of young people between the ages of 14 to 29. However, we also welcome groups with younger members or adult allies, community members, elders or knowledge keepers playing supportive roles as long as young people, who self identify as Indigenous Peoples, come up with the project idea and lead the project.
Deadline February 11, 2019

SAGE’s Secondary Data Use Grant is to ensure that existing datasets can be fully utilized to generate new research findings and encourage new analytics methods. Another goal of the grant is to build capacity and collaborative opportunities amongst trainees, researchers, community organizations, and policymakers. The Secondary Data Use Grant provides five successful applicants $5000 to undertake research utilizing research datasets stored and managed by SAGE.
Open February 20, 2019

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants
(YEG) program provides local youth with the funding they need to turn ideas into reality! These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
Deadline February 15, 2019

Calgary Foundation Community Grants
Calgary Foundation is currently accepting grant requests for the Community Grants Program. Prior to submitting your request please consult the program guidelines and contact Foundation staff to discuss eligibility. While the program continues to support initiatives that engage citizens and that strengthen charities.Grants come in a variety of sizes depending on the scope and scale of activities
Deadline Noon on February 15 Every Year

Edmonton Community Foundation Community Grant Program
The Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. If you don’t have a recent relationship with them (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to $40,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to $80,000.
Deadline March 1 for funding after June 1 (applications available December 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline March 1, 2019, June 1, 2019, September 1, 2019, December 1, 2019

Canada Awards for Excellence (Excellence Canada)
Presented annually to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®. Through their achievement and results, these organizations have made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Canadians.

  • BTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiative

Deadline March 1 for funding after June 1 (applications available December 2)

InMotion Network: Go Girl Event Grants
Go Girl events provide a unique opportunity for communities to reach out to their teen girls. Communities are encouraged to apply for a grant to host such an event. InMotion Network provides Go Girl grants up to a maximum of $2500
Deadline April 1st for programs running between May and August

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based Funding
Provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.
CIP outcomes are to strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of community organizations and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit
Deadline May 15, 2019
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grant
Deadline May 15, 2019

Alberta Culture Community Facility Enhancement Program
Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities
Deadline May 15, 2019

Edmonton Community Foundation Community Grant Program
The Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. If you don’t have a recent relationship with them (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to $40,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to $80,000.
Deadline June 1 for funding  after September 1 (application available March 2)

Canada Awards for Excellence (Excellence Canada)
Presented annually to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®. Through their achievement and results, these organizations have made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Canadians.

  • BTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiative

Deadline June 1 for funding  after September 1 (application available March 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline June 1, 2019

Calgary Learns: Initiative Funding
Calgary Learns invites you to bring forward your visions for new curricula, resources, pilots or research that will enhance the experience of adult Calgarians in foundational learning settings.  Initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $25,000.
Proposals are due June 1 annually

InMotion Network: Go Girl Event Grants
Go Girl events provide a unique opportunity for communities to reach out to their teen girls. Communities are encouraged to apply for a grant to host such an event. InMotion Network provides Go Girl grants up to a maximum of $2500
Deadline August 1st for programs running between September and December

Edmonton Community Foundation Community Grant Program
The Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. If you don’t have a recent relationship with them (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to $40,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to $80,000.
Deadline September 1 for funding after December 1 (application available June 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline September 1, 2019

Canadian School Gardens
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to supper an edible educational garden on the grounds of a primary or secondary school. Schools, or a non-profit organization or charity working in partnership with a school, may apply. Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out their Extended Learning Garden Grant program
Opens September, 2019

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation 2018 Women of Excellence
“Women of Excellence Awards Program” (WE) is a celebration of innovation, leadership, achievement and talent, as demonstrated by women throughout Central Alberta who have used their vision and determination to make Central Alberta a better place to live. The development and presentation of these awards reflects the Community Foundation’s commitment to increase recognition of women who have earned the admiration and respect of their peers.
Deadline September 5, 2019

Canada Awards for Excellence (Excellence Canada)
Presented annually to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®. Through their achievement and results, these organizations have made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Canadians.

  • BTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiative

Deadline September 1 for funding after December 1 (application available June 2)

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based Funding
Provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.
CIP outcomes are to strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of community organizations and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit
Deadline Sept 15, 2019
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grant
Deadline Sept 15, 2019

Alberta Culture Community Facility Enhancement Program
Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities
Deadline September 15, 2019

Blue Sky Award
This season’s award could enable your organization to start a new building, renovate a current facility or design a site, playground or landscape for your organization. Manasc Isaac will provide $10,000 of deliverables to the winning not-for-profit, which can be used to seek partners and funding, and determine timelines for your project.
Southern AB region opens in spring 2019

Edmonton Community Foundation Community Grant Program
The Community Grants program can support a wide range of organizational needs. A non-profit is eligible to apply if it serves the greater Edmonton area, including Leduc County, Parkland County, Strathcona County, and Sturgeon County. If you don’t have a recent relationship with them (successfully received a Community Grant in the last five years), your organization can apply for a grant up to $40,000. If you’ve worked with ECF recently (successful Community Grant approved, completed and reported on), you can apply for a grant up to $80,000.
Deadline December 1 2019 for funding  after March 1 (application available September 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline December 1, 2019

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Grants, Bursaries & Awards With Ongoing Applications

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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 YearAECEA 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 Healthy School Community Wellness Fund
The key objective of the Wellness Fund is to support healthy school communities to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school health approaches. Its goal is to build on and strengthen the excellent work already taking place in many Alberta school communities, and to stimulate new activity within Alberta. The resulting initiatives will demonstrate the benefits of working together to promote healthier children and youth at the school community level where efforts are proven to be most effective.

Alberta Sports Connection
FunTeam Family Try-athlon Grant – Application 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 Grant – Application 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

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

Calgary Foundation Stepping Stone Grant
Stepping Stones help people bring small acts of community to life. These small grants (ranging from $100 – $600) encourage active citizenship by providing residents with funds to implement creative projects that benefit their local community. This program is offered in partnership with First Calgary Financial.
Accept Applications 1st 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

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

The Muttart Foundation Funding For Your Organization’s Professional Development
Are you looking for funding for your organization’s professional development? The Muttart Foundation has two bursary programs open to registered charities working in the social service and early childhood education and care fields.  This bursary program allows charities to apply for funding to allow their staff members to attend courses offered through publicly funded educational institutions or non-profit organizations.  We sometimes look at providing support to allow staff members to attend conferences that relate to their work at the organization.

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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