Upcoming Deadlines – Nonprofit Grants, Bursaries and Awards

The following list of grants  are listed in order of deadlines. Click Here to View Directory for  Grants With Ongoing Applications

ALIGN Leadership Bursary
ALIGN Agency Leadership Development Bursary
The ALIGN Leadership Bursary program is offering agencies a bursary up to $5,000.00 towards Agency Leadership Development.
ALIGN Leadership Bursary for Non-Accredited Programs
The focus will be to develop or enhance leadership
skills and innovation in service delivery and development, human resource
management, organizational excellence and fiscal management. Tuition costs for
non-accredited programs (max. $5,000 does not cover travel costs).
Applications Open Now

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

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

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 24, 2017

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.
Deadline November 30, 2017

Immigrants of Distinction Awards
Nominations are now open for the 22nd Immigrants of Distinction Awards, presented by Immigrant Services Calgary. “Inspire Support Connect” is the theme and we are enthusiastically looking forward to celebrating Calgary’s exceptional immigrants and refugees who have inspired us with their contributions and hard work.
Deadline November 30, 2017

Prairieaction Foundation Youth Leadership Award
If you know of a group of young people who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to finding solutions to violence and abuse, please nominate them!
Deadline November 30, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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 December 1, 2017

Alberta Justice Restorative Program Grants
The Government of Alberta is providing up to $50,000 annually to organizations that practise, promote or develop restorative justice initiatives throughout Alberta. Grants are available for organizations seeking to start a restorative justice initiative as well as for groups with existing programs.
Deadline December 21, 2017

Opioid Public Awareness Grants for Communities
Community organizations can apply for funding to help raise awareness and educate Albertans about the opioid crisis.
Deadline December 22, 2017

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 22, 2017

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 22, 2017

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities Award
Each year, Voice of Albertans with Disabilities presents the Voice of Albertans with Disabilities Award to an Alberta citizen for his or her “dedication and integrity in the continuing pursuit of full participation in society by people with disabilities in Alberta.”
Deadline December 31, 2017

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, 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 December 31, 2017

2018 Prime Minister’s Award
The Prime Minister’s Awards honour exemplary teachers and early childhood educators that help build the next generation of talented, caring and creative Canadians. New this year, the Prime Minister’s Awards will offer awards for outstanding teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that help develop the culture of innovation Canada needs today, and in the future.
Prime Minister’s Awards recipients can receive:

  • Cash awards worth up to $5,000
  • A certificate from the Prime Minister
  • National recognition and promotion of their best teaching practices
    Deadline January 12, 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 and Community publications
Deadline January 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 January 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
Deadline January 15, 2018

ATB Financial’s Time to Think Grant
Does your organization need to build new skills and strategies to increase your organization’s impact or effectiveness? ATB Financial’s Time to Think Grant call for proposals is now open. Time to Think Grants will be given in the areas where ATB Financial can use its talents and expertise to support the work nonprofits are doing in Alberta; Social Innovation and Business Development. ATB will give two grants for a maximum of $20,000 per applicant.
Deadline Jan. 23, 2018

The Banff Canmore Community Foundation Grants
Supports community health and wellness in a broad sense. Grants are awarded across the following sectors: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, recreation and social services.
Deadline January 28, 2018

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.
Deadline January 30, 2018

Canadian Women’s Foundation Grants
Violence Prevention grants & Economic Development grants: Applications for the 2017-2022 granting stream are
Open as of January 30, 2018

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 January 31, 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 January

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
Deadline February 1 to begin studies anytime between May and August of the same year.

Emerald Awards
Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 12 established categories. A panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sectoral experience carry out an independent evaluation based on established criteria and select the finalists and recipients. The Emerald Awards are presented every June, coinciding with Canadian Environment Week. The 27th Annual Emerald Awards will be presented on June 5, 2017 in Calgary. By showcasing the ingenuity, dedication and hard work of our recipients and finalists, others will follow; the innovative will become the norm, resulting in a healthier and cleaner environment.
Deadline February 9, 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 Barrie 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 Alberta South and Central February 10, 2018

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants (YEG)
Program provides local youth with funding to turn their ideas into reality. For projects initiated, led, and organized by Edmonton and area youth. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
Deadline February 15, 2018

First Calgary Community Grants
Community Grants
These larger grants are for projects or programs working to make a social impact within at least one of the four community focus areas supported by First Calgary Financial.
·  Supports entrepreneurship & skills training

  • Provides financial education and inclusion
  • Affordable housing
  • Builds community pride and revitalization
    Deadline February 16, 2018

City of Edmonton Halls of Fame Awards of Distinction
Edmonton’s most outstanding citizens who, through their contributions in arts and culture, community service, and sports, or through extraordinary service to their communities have made exemplary contributions to the quality of life in Edmonton.Note: Groups or teams of more than 4 people including not-for-profit and charitable organizations are not eligible for Hall of Fame, but are eligible for Awards of Distinction.
Deadline February 16, 2018

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  February 24, 2018

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 February 26, 2018

Special Tri Provincial Research Fall 2017 Call Out
Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) is excited to announce a special tri-provincial research call-out which aims to fund research projects that will be conducted in all three prairie provinces. PAF is committed to funding research that leads to community awareness related to issues of violence and abuse and is specifically interested in research that engages in solution focused outcomes, leading to better programs to keep our communities safer.
Deadline February 28, 2018

Harry and Martha Cohen Foundation
The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation is a private family foundation which provides grants primarily to Calgary-based charities. Grants are focused in the areas of arts and culture and social services. Average Grant Size: $1,000 – $2,000
Deadline February 28, 2018

FCC AgriSpirit Fund
The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project (hospitals, medical centres, childcare facilities) and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, it may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000.
Applications Open March 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 BoardTELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrie 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 March 1, 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  March 10, 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 Barrie 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 March 15, 2018

Harry and Martha Cohen Foundation
The Harry & Martha Cohen Foundation is a private family foundation which provides grants primarily to Calgary-based charities. Grants are focused in the areas of arts and culture and social services. Average Grant Size: $1,000 – $2,000
Deadline March 31, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Deadline Calgary October 1, 2018
Edmonton October 18, 2018
Deadline Southern Alberta October 20, 2018

See Directory for  Grants With Ongoing Applications