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)

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)

Alberta Culture Days Grant
Alberta Culture Days funding assistance is designed to support Alberta Culture Days activities, events and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement.
Deadline June 1, 2018

2018 Governor General’s Award
2018 Commemoration of the Persons Case to recognize Canadians who have contributed to the advancement of gender equality. 
Deadline July 4, 2018.

Laidlaw Foundation Scaling Impact Grant
Through Scaling Impact grants, we are deepening our investments in grassroots, youth-led projects by providing longer-term funding to youth-led groups to expand their model and increase their influence
Deadline June 6, 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 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

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