Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program Frequently Asked Questions

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    Why was the new Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program (ECAP) established, and what are the program goals?

    A recent Community Grants Review, confirmed that investing in organizations that build the capacity of other community organizations, strengthens the sector’s ability to deliver programs and services to Albertans. The review also confirmed that the flexibility of unrestricted operating grants serves as an important tool for building capacity in the non-profit/voluntary sector.

    The new ECAP will help to advance and strengthen the non-profit/voluntary sector in Alberta by supporting strong non-profit organizations that have a primary mandate and proven ability to:

    • Build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta.
    • Strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole.
    • Build capacity for effective volunteerism in the broader community.
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    How does ECAP align with other Community Grants programs?
    All programs under the umbrella of the Community Grants program are intended to support non-profit organizations in delivering vital programs and services to Albertans. In keeping with that intent, ECAP is intended to support and grow sustainability of non-profit organizations by helping to build capacity. Annual ECAP funding is provided through the Community Initiatives Program budget, and will be offered alongside other funding programs provided by Community Grants.
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    Does ECAP provide multi-year funding?
    ECAP is a multi-year program with funding provided for up to three years, subject to Government of Alberta annual budget availability. Applications will be accepted at the beginning of every three–year cycle. Interim reports will be required at the end of year one and year two, and a final report will be required at the end of year three.
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    How does my organization apply for ECAP?
    Applicants must submit a completed application form along with all required supporting documents by the ECAP application deadline. Only complete eligible applications will be considered for funding. Funding for year two and year three will be provided (subject to Government of Alberta budget availability) following the successful completion of the year one and year two reporting requirements.
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    What is the application deadline?
    The upcoming application deadline is August 15, 2017. As a multi-year funding program, the next ECAP intake cycle will take place in October 2019.
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    What is the maximum amount of funding available through ECAP?
    Organizations may apply for up to $225,000 per year for up to three years, which includes:
    • Core Funding: up to $75,000 per year, and if eligible
    • Enhanced Capacity Funding: up to $150,000 per year
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    What is the difference between Core funding and Enhanced Capacity Building funding?
    Core funding: supports the operations and administration of an organization to achieve its goals and objectives.
    Enhanced Capacity Building funding: supports a broad range of activities designed to build the capacity of other non-profit organizations.
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    What does ECAP consider a capacity building organization?
    In the context of ECAP, a capacity building organization is an organization with a primary mandate and proven ability to:

    • Build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta.
    • Strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole.
    • Build capacity for effective volunteerism in the broader community.

    This may be done through the delivery of capacity-building services such as skills training, educational programming, leadership development, networking and collaborations.
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    How will the funding be determined?

    Core funding is determined by the organization’s ability to demonstrate strong capacity in four organizational areas: leadership, adaptability, management and operational capacity. Organizations that have been successfully assessed for Core funding will then be assessed for additional Enhanced Capacity Building funding.

    Enhanced Capacity Building funding is determined based on the breadth and effectiveness of capacity building support provided to the non-profit/voluntary sector in key focus areas. Refer to the program guidelines for further information.

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    What are the reporting requirements during the multi-year funding cycle?

    An interim report is required at the end of year one and year two, and a comprehensive final report is required at the end of year three.

    Additionally, recipients will be asked to produce a “promising practices” report to be shared with other organizations highlighting key learnings and practices that lead to improved outcomes over the course of the funding term, as a mechanism to further build the capacity of the non-profit/voluntary sector. Recipients are also required to attend an annual collaborative forum of ECAP recipients.

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    Can my organization apply for other funding through Community Grants if it receives ECAP funding?
    Current ECAP recipients are not eligible to receive CIP Operating or CIP Project-based funding. ECAP recipients can apply to other Community Grants programs (i.e. Community Facility Enhancement Program) for which they qualify.
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    Our application for funding was declined. Can we apply again?
    If your application for the ECAP is not successful, we encourage you to continue working on building your organization’s capacity, and if eligible, submit another application for the next intake cycle in October 2019 (subject to Government of Alberta budget availability).
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    Can I appeal the funding decision?
    All funding decisions are final. If an ECAP application is declined, eligible organizations are welcome to apply again at the beginning of the next intake cycle in October 2019.
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    What other funding sources are available?

    We encourage you to explore other grant options available through Community Grants, and to explore federal, provincial and municipal programs, as well as, foundation funding available to non-profit organizations.

    More information on funding sources is available on the Financial Assistance Summary located in the Resources and Links section.

Last reviewed/revised: June 27, 2017
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