Community Initiatives Program

Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funds initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta. The program:

  • Reinvests revenues generated from provincial lotteries to communities
  • Empowers local citizens and community organizations to work together
  • Responds to local needs

In order to better address the specific or unique needs of community-based organizations, four distinct funding streams within CIP have been created:


Program Overview

Link to webpage Project-Based Operating International Development Major Cultural & Sport Events Alberta Canada 150
Funding Range Up to $75,000 Up to $75,000 Up to $25,000 Up to $250,000 Up to $25,000
Application Deadlines 2017-18

  • March 15, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • March 15, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
  • January 15, 2018
  • April 1, 2017
  • October 1, 2017
Monthly intake:
15th of each month

Final intake: Oct. 15, 2017
Notification Timelines
  • August 2017 (for March 15 deadline)
  • November 2017 (for June 15 deadline)
  • February 2018 (for September 15 deadline)
  • June 2018 (for January 15 deadline)
  • August 2017 (for March 15 deadline)
  • November 2017 (for June 15 deadline)
  • February 2018 (for September 15 deadline)
  • June 2018 (for January 15 deadline)
  • August 2017 (for March 15 deadline)
  • November 2017 (for June 15 deadline)
  • February 2018 (for September 15 deadline)
  • June 2018 (for January 15 deadline)
  • July 2017 (for April 1 deadline)
  • January 2018 (for October 1 deadline)
Within three months of monthly intake
Project Completion and Financial Reporting Timeframe 18 months from date of cheque 30 months from date of cheque 30 months from date of cheque 18 months from date of the grant agreement 18 months from date of cheque
Application Package CIP Guidelines

Project-Based Application Form
CIP Guidelines

Operating Application Form
CIP Guidelines

International Development Application Form
Major Cultural & Sport Events Guidelines

CIP Guidelines

Alberta Canada 150 Fact Sheet

Stream Priorities Local community projects Ongoing programs and services Humanitarian projects in developing countries Sanctioned national and international events Alignment with at least one of the four themes identified by the Federal Canada 150
*See Fact Sheet
Grant Agreement Embedded in application Embedded in application Embedded in application Formal grant agreement upon approval Embedded in application

Eligibility

An organization can only submit one application per fiscal year for:

  • a capital project per fiscal year through either the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) or the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based.
  • a non-capital project per fiscal year. Organizations should apply under the specific program stream that is best suited for their project.
  • an Alberta Canada 150 grant and also be considered for another non-capital project during fiscal 2016-17 and 2017-18.

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations and community nonprofit organizations who are registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts are eligible to apply for funding under the CIP.

Provincial Legislation
  • Agriculture Societies Act
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations*
  • Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
  • Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
  • Libraries Act
  • School Act
  • Societies Act of Alberta
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature

Federal Legislation
  • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada*
  • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act**
  • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta [Charities])*
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements
  • Foundations established and regulated under the province's Regional Health Authorities Act
  • Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under Alberta's Post-secondary Learning Act

* Must have an Alberta based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

Last reviewed/revised: March 6, 2017
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