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

Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Program
The NEET Program will provide funding to help non-profit organizations determine how efficient their current lighting, heating, cooling and hot water systems are, and explore efficiency opportunities to reduce energy use and costs.
Open Now Until Funds Depleted

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)

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 1, 2018

Canada Service Corps: Projects for youth-serving organizations
The Canada Service Corps is looking for projects that benefit young people, allowing them to grow on a personal level by building relationships, learning new skills, and creating a lasting impact on their lives and on the communities they serve. If you are a youth-serving organization with an innovative idea to get youth involved in meaningful service opportunities
Deadline April 3, 2018

Red Deer & District Community Foundation Smart & Caring Communities Grant
Strong support for collaborative approaches to community development projects and Programs that utilize a strong volunteer force, or are dedicated to supporting volunteers
Deadline April 3, 2018

Canada Post Community Foundation
Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children. Applications from registered charities, school programs or community organizations are invited annually for funding of projects consistent with the Foundation’s objective to provide support for initiatives that benefit children
Deadline April 6, 2018

Excellence in Victim Service Award
This award was established by the Government of Canada to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to improving the experience of victims and survivors of crime in Canada.
Deadline April 6, 2018

Youth Central – Calgary Foundation Grants
A steering committee of youth meets twice per month to coordinate two granting cycles each year. During each granting cycle, the Youth Foundation is able to grant youth-initiated projects and youth-serving agencies up to a maximum of $2,000.If you have a great idea for a youth (12-18) project in Calgary, we have the funds to back you up!  Receive up to $2,000 for youth driven projects in your community, school or neighbourhood.
Deadline April 9, 2018

Inspirit Pluralism Grants ChangeUp Grants
Grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. We’re accepting
Deadline April 13, 2018

Volunteer Alberta VSP Funding
The Volunteer Screening Program (VSP) provides funding to eligible nonprofit organizations to support Vulnerable Sector Checks as well as organizational development in the area of volunteer screening. These funds are provided with support from the Government of Alberta. The costs associated with volunteer screening, including costs related to recruiting and retaining volunteers for roles requiring Vulnerable Sector Checks, can become a burden in some cases. Financial support for eligible organizations includes a Vulnerable Sector Check Fee Waiver. The fee waiver is intended to help eligible Alberta nonprofit organizations with associated costs for obtaining Vulnerable Sector Checks in communities that charge for volunteers.The VSP also provides Volunteer Screening Development Grants to support the establishment of volunteer screening processes, policies, and procedures.
Applications will reopen on April 16, 2018 for the 2018/19 program year.

Red Deer & District Community Foundation Sylvan Lake Endowment Fund
Open to charities in Slyvan Lake and area
Deadline April 16, 2018

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries for individuals living with FASD and/or their caregivers or families. Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year
Deadline April 17, 2018

Calgary Foundations Neighbour Grants
Offers up to $5,000 to support resident-led projects that help create and strengthen the ordinary bonds of neighbourliness
Deadline April 24, 2018

PolicyWise Secondary Data Use Grant
SAGE (Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence) is a collaborative data repository platform that connects stakeholders through secondary use of data. Research data, community service data, and administrative data related to health and social well-being is managed and shared through SAGE. SAGE increases the value of data by providing the infrastructure, processes and governance to bring stakeholders together to use data in new ways and inform social policy and practice. PolicyWise is  accepting proposals for the 2018 Secondary Data Use Grant starting February 20, 2018. This grant provides $5,000 to successful applicants to undertake research using data in SAGE. The term of the grant is 12 months. The grant offers an excellent opportunity for trainees and new researchers to work with existing birth cohort and survey data
Deadline April 27, 2018

Red Deer & District Community Foundation Women and Girls Endowment Fund
Funding support for programs and services that have become essential to the development and enhancement of women and girls within our region.
Deadline April 30, 2018

Edmonton Arts Council Community Art Grant
The Community Arts grant program invests in the quality of life in our city by supporting artistic projects that are clear collaborations between an artist and a distinct community. It recognizes that art should be accessible to all communities in Edmonton. A community may define themselves by many factors such as tradition and culture, geographic area of the city, or demographic characteristics, etc
Deadline May 1, 2018

Devon Energy’s Investing in People Grant
Supports innovative projects and activities that help to build organizational capacity in Canadian nonprofit organizations.
Deadline May 5, 2018

The Ken Dryden Scholarship Application
Each year Ken Dryden Scholarships are awarded to young people, currently or formerly in the care of the Canadian child welfare system. Each scholarship covers up to $3,000 or 80% of the cost of tuition and fees, whichever is less, and is renewable annually, based on reasonable progress toward the completion of a first undergraduate degree or diploma. Youth in Care Canada is proud to administer this scholarship program on behalf of Ken Dryden, an accomplished author, consultant on education, child and youth issues, lawyer, former NHL hockey star and politician, and past President of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club. As a young person in/from care, all you need to do is apply. As an organization, child welfare worker, foster parent or friend, please spread the word by telling any eligible young person of this scholarship opportunity, and offer your help.
Deadline May 11, 2018

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 May 15, 2018

Alberta Culture Community Indicatives Program Operating Grant
The CIP Operating grant supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:
Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.
Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues.
Deadline May 15, 2018

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, 2018

Alberta Culture and Tourism Major Cultural and Sport Events Funding
Builds on Alberta’s reputation as an attractive destination and proven capacity for hosting a range of national and international calibre cultural and sport events.

The purpose of the program is to streamline processes and maximize limited funding for organizations applying through multiple sources within Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Major Cultural and Sport Event grant stream will consider the following type of events:

  • Sport – The focus is on national or international amateur sport events recognized by national sport organizations or international federations. This could include national and world championships and world cup events.
  • Cultural – The focus is on national or international cultural events that are recognized by the respective governing body.

Deadline May 15, 2018

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 May 15, 2018

Bursaries available for Now We Are Stronger Community Mental Health Conference June 4 and 5 Edmonton
CMHA Alberta Division is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to support individuals with personal lived experience of mental health challenges or illness or those with a family member/loved one with mental health challenges, or representatives of local nonprofit organizations who require financial support to attend Now We Are Stronger 2018 (Edmonton). View Bursary application here or see the conference program HERE Applicants must live or work within the greater Edmonton region.
Deadline May 15, 2018

Council of the Federation Literacy Award
The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy. Let’s honour the hard work and commitment of community organizations that help adults acquire and build on the foundational learning skills they need to improve their lives
Deadline May 18, 2018

Welcoming Workplace RISE Award
This award recognizes an employer who demonstrates an outstanding promise to achieve cultural awareness and appreciation, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive workplace for immigrants.
Deadline May 18, 2018

Community Leadership RISE Award
This award will recognize an immigrant who demonstrates a remarkable commitment to community engagement, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Deadline May 18, 2018

RBC Rising Star Youth RISE Award
This award will recognize an immigrant youth who demonstrates outstanding initiative in civic engagement on social issues, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Deadline May 18, 2018

Arts & Cultural RISE Award
This award will recognize an immigrant artist who demonstrates an outstanding commitment of community engagement through arts and culture, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Deadline May 18, 2018

CPA Lifetime Achievement RISE Award
This award will recognize an immigrant who, over a significant period of time, has demonstrated an exceptional commitment of community engagement, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Deadline May 18, 2018

Building Futures RISE Award
This award will recognize a group or organization that demonstrates an exceptional commitment to innovative engagement with immigrants, with the goal of creating a more welcoming and inclusive community for all.
Deadline May 18, 2018

RBC Learn to Play Project
Sport can transform lives and have a powerful, positive impact on our communities. The RBC Learn to Play Project supported programs that help kids become healthy, happy and active for life. Through the RBC Learn to Play project, RBC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, has donated $6.3 million to 596 organizations over 3 years
Deadline May 21, 2018

Telus Grants
TELUS Community Boards – Canada
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation.Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community Boards.TELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrier Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
TELUS Community Action Teams
Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities. TELUS Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $5,000
Deadline Edmonton May 28, 2018

Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
To be considered for the 2017 Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, an organization’s purpose must be consistent with the Calgary Herald Christmas Fund objectives of raising awareness around critical social issues including but not limited to; hunger, homelessness, addiction, abuse and violence and meet the following criteria: Hold charitable status; have a commitment to assisting families, men, women and children in need; use the funds in Calgary or surrounding areas; exhibit professionalism and credibility. If your organization received funds from the 2016 Calgary Herald Christmas Fund, you are not eligible to apply for funds in the 2017 Christmas Fund Campaign.
Deadline: May 28, 2018

Duncan Craig Laurel Awards – Edmonton and area including Drayton Valley
Nominate non-profits doing innovative, creative and inspiring work. From February to May of each year, non-profit groups are invited to submit nominations. A selection committee then evaluates the programs and projects on the basis of their successful innovation and creativity, regardless of size and overall budget and select the winners.
Deadline is May 31, 2018

Laurel Awards
The law firm of Duncan & Craig LLP has established the Laurel Awards to honour non-profit organizations who further their objectives through exceptional creativity and innovation. The Laurel Awards annually recognizes the achievements of non profit groups in Edmonton and area including Drayton Valley.Nominated achievements will be evaluated on the basis of their successful innovation and creativity, regardless of size and overall budget.
Deadline May 31, 2018

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

Calgary Learns: Initiative Funding 2017
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. Proposals are due June 1, 2017 for initiatives in the July 1, 2017/June 30, 2018 grant term. Initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $25,000.
Deadline: June 1, 2018

MNP-AFOA Canada Aboriginal Community Excellence Award
Recognizes an Aboriginal community that has demonstrated significant change through governance, leadership and management excellence. A task not easily accomplished, but has been undertaken by an entire community to propel change for its members. Applicants/Nominees are asked to demonstrate how their commitment towards progression has positively impacted their members, stakeholders and those they work with.
Deadline June 1, 2018

Alberta Advancing Futures Bursary
Advancing Futures Bursary Program provides up to $40,000 in education funding for former youth in care. An Advancing Futures Bursary Program Coordinator can also assist case workers and youth with the education portion of a transition plan.
Deadline June 1 to begin studies anytime during the upcoming academic year (September to August) 

Strathcona Community Investment Program
Strathcona Community Investment Program (SCIP) funds are available to support community initiatives or events that benefit Strathcona County and its residents.
Deadlines June 7, 2018

Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Grant
The Foundation welcomes requests for initiatives that increase the sense of belonging to community. Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ 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 initiatives
Deadline June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018

Canada’s Volunteer Awards
Canada’s Volunteer Awards (CVA) program is about recognizing the significant contributions that volunteers, not-for-profit organizations and businesses across the country make to help people and their communities. The Awards are about people working in partnerships to find new solutions to strengthen our country.
Deadline June 15, 2018

AFKA Child Intervention Services Worker of the Year
Honour some of the many amazing Foster Families, Kinship Families and Child Intervention Services Workers from across Alberta.
Deadline June 30, 2018

RBC Learn to Play Project
Sport can transform lives and have a powerful, positive impact on our communities. The RBC Learn to Play Project supported programs that help kids become healthy, happy and active for life. Through the RBC Learn to Play project, RBC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, has donated $6.3 million to 596 organizations over 3 years
Deadline July 3, 2018

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries for individuals living with FASD and/or their caregivers or families. Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year
Deadline July 17, 2018

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 July

Telus Grants
TELUS Community Boards – Canada
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation.Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community Boards.TELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrier Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
TELUS Community Action Teams
Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities. TELUS Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $5,000
Deadline Northern Alberta July 20, 2018
Deadline AB South and Central July 28, 2018
Deadline Calgary August 1, 2018

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 August 1, 2018

Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Grant
The Foundation welcomes requests for initiatives that increase the sense of belonging to community. Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ 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 initiatives
Deadline August 1, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 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 August 1, 2018

Alberta Blue Cross Healthy Communities Grants
Through our Healthy Communities Grant Program, Alberta Blue Cross is investing $1 million over a five-year period to support
and promote active living across Alberta. Four $50,000 grants are being awarded each year for specific infrastructure projects
that promote community health, ranging from the new construction or replacement of children’s playgrounds and outdoor adult
gyms to cycling paths and
Deadline August 31, 2018

Harry and Martha Cohen Foundation
The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation is a private family foundation which provides grants primarily to Calgary-based charities.  Average Grant Size: $1,000 – $2,000 They normally fund Calgary-based charities in such areas as: arts & culture, health & welfare, social services, youth development and animal welfare. They do not look at postmark – the application must be received on site (no online applications) by the deadline date.
Deadline Last Business Day in August 2018

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)

TD Scholarships for Community Leadership
If you’re a young Canadian who has made a difference in your community, we want to hear from you. The TD Scholarship for Community Leadership rewards students who have shown leadership in many areas including environmental cleanup, the promotion of social justice, and the fight against child poverty, to name just a few. Each scholarship is valued at up to $70,000 and includes up to $10,000 for tuition per year, $7,500 a year toward living expenses, plus an offer of paid summer employment.
Applications Open in September

Edmonton Heritage Project Funding Grant
Grants are designed to provide assistance—up to 75 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000—to museums, archives, and other heritage organizations so that they can undertake a project that will help preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate, and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton. Projects may include a range of activities—including commemoration of significant anniversaries—and is intended to result in diverse and innovative ways of presenting Edmonton’s story for the benefit of all Edmontonians.
Deadline September 7, 2018

MEC Grants
Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.

Inspiring and enabling participation in outdoor and indoor activities or providing opportunities to try new activities and developing technical or safety skills, or
Planning, construction and maintenance of facilities or infrastructure such as trails, skills-parks or backcountry shelters
Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.
Outdoor environmental education programming to teach about areas of environmental importance
Deliver programming that will increase awareness about ecologically sensitive areas and how to recreate responsibly in them
Deadline September 10, 2018

Calgary Foundation Community Grants
The Community Grants program helps make Calgary and area a great place to live for everyone by strengthening all parts of the charitable sectori and engaging citizens in building their communities.
Deadline Noon September 10 Annually

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 September 15, 2018

Alberta Culture Community Indicatives Program Operating Grant
The CIP Operating grant supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:
Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.
Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues.
Deadline September 15, 2018

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, 2018

Alberta Culture and Tourism Major Cultural and Sport Events Funding
Builds on Alberta’s reputation as an attractive destination and proven capacity for hosting a range of national and international calibre cultural and sport events.

The purpose of the program is to streamline processes and maximize limited funding for organizations applying through multiple sources within Alberta Culture and Tourism.

Major Cultural and Sport Event grant stream will consider the following type of events:

  • Sport – The focus is on national or international amateur sport events recognized by national sport organizations or international federations. This could include national and world championships and world cup events.
  • Cultural – The focus is on national or international cultural events that are recognized by the respective governing body.

Deadline September 15, 2018

Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs Grant
The Foundation welcomes requests for initiatives that increase the sense of belonging to community. Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ 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 initiatives
September 15, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 2018

Telus Grants
TELUS Community Boards – Canada
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation.Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community Boards.TELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrier Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
TELUS Community Action Teams
Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities. TELUS Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $5,000
Deadline AB North September 21, 2018

Edmonton Heritage Operational Funding Grant
Grants are designed to provide limited operating assistance—up to 25 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses—to museums, archives, and other heritage organizations so that they can continue to research, preserve, and interpret Edmonton’s heritage. When making funding decisions, we give preference to organizations who demonstrate that they are serving the diverse heritage needs of Edmontonians.
Deadline September 28, 2018

Edmonton Arts Council Festival Seed Community Investment Grant Program
The Festival Seed Community Investment Grant Program is intended to provide limited assistance, subject to availability of funds, to resident non-profit organizations for the purpose of funding new or emerging festivals.
Deadline October 1, 2018

Telus Grants
TELUS Community Boards – Canada
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation.Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community Boards.TELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrier Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
TELUS Community Action Teams
Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards, contributing thousands of dollars to hundreds of Canadian registered charities. TELUS Community Action Teams will consider requests for funding up to $5,000
Deadline Calgary October 1, 2018
Edmonton October 18, 2018
Deadline Southern Alberta October 20, 2018

RBC Learn to Play Project
Sport can transform lives and have a powerful, positive impact on our communities. The RBC Learn to Play Project supported programs that help kids become healthy, happy and active for life. Through the RBC Learn to Play project, RBC, in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, has donated $6.3 million to 596 organizations over 3 years
Deadline October 8, 2018

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 October 15, 2018

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries for individuals living with FASD and/or their caregivers or families. Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year
Deadline October 17, 2018

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, 2018

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

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 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

See Directory for  Grants With Ongoing Applications

Grants, Bursaries & Awards With Ongoing Applications

To see Grants with Upcoming Deadlines Click Here

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 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

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

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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