Other Public Funding

A variety of grant funding opportunities for recreation and physical activity projects are available from non-RPAD funders within Alberta Culture and Tourism, other ministries within the Government of Alberta, and the Government of Canada.

Interested organizations should thoroughly review program guidelines and contact the funder prior to application for further information.

Funding Programs

Funding Details

Alberta Canada 150 Grant
Alberta Culture and Tourism

Eligible registered non-profit organizations may apply for up to $25,000 through the Community Initiatives Program to support community-based projects marking Canada’s sesquicentennial. The matching requirement will be set at $150 cash for each grant to encourage participation by small- and medium-sized groups. Projects must align with at least one of the four Canada 150 themes established by the federal government to be eligible.

  • diversity and inclusion, and building common interests and relationships
  • supporting efforts toward reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians
  • engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150
  • connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness

Quick facts
  • Funding is not intended for celebratory events, but as a way to support projects initiated by small- and medium sized non-profit organizations that have not applied previously or received money through the Community Grants program.
  • Funding will come from the Community Initiatives Program (CIP). Since CIP requires applicants to match funds, the Alberta Canada 150 grant requires applicants to contribute $150 cash to be eligible to receive up to $25,000.
  • Applications will be accepted with a deadline of the fifteenth of each month, starting Jan. 15, 2017. The final deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2017.

All Alberta Canada 150 projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.

Community Facility Enhancement Grant Alberta Culture and Tourism

The Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) assists with fostering the unique characteristics of Alberta's many communities.

Funding assistance can be requested for:

  • Planning study
  • Capital project or equipment
  • Combination of a study and/or capital project
  • Special needs (i.e., Disaster funding requests within Alberta)

CFEP funding is approved on a matching basis. This means that the applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the actual CFEP grant. The matching funding may be in the form of cash or donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be specifically related to the project. Also, in total, CFEP and any other Government of Alberta funding cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost.

The maximum amount per application (one facility) is $125,000 per fiscal year.

Community Initiatives Program (CIP): Project Alberta Culture and Tourism

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

Funding assistance can be requested for:

  • Projects or new initiatives
  • Planning studies
  • Capital project or equipment
  • Special funding (i.e., disaster requests within Alberta)
  • Core operating or programming costs, including staff and rent

Project-Based Grant Applications are primarily approved on a matching basis. However, nonmatching funding up to $10,000 will be considered where an organization can demonstrate financial hardship. Project-Based grant application matching funding may be in the form of cash received from non-Government of Alberta sources or donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be specifically related to the project.

Project-Based Grant - maximum $75,000.

Community Initiatives Program (CIP): Operating - Alberta Culture and Tourism

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating Grants provide assistance to registered non-profit organizations by:

  • Delivering ongoing programs and services to the community
  • Enhancing the organization's ability to operate

Operating and programming funding will be limited to one grant per organization in each government fiscal year (April 1 - March 31) from CIP.

Maximum Funding Available: $75,000

Operating Grant applicants must demonstrate matching funding in the form of cash received from non-Government of Alberta sources, donated goods or services and volunteer time at $15/ hour for core and casual volunteer contributions to your organization.

Applications are accepted quarterly for consideration. Deadlines are as follows:

  • First Quarter - March 15
  • Second Quarter - June 15
  • Third Quarter - September 15
  • Fourth Quarter - December 15

Agricultural Initiatives Program - Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Non-profit organizations and agricultural societies are eligible to apply for program funding to assist with both capital projects (redevelopment and refurbishment, not new capital projects) and non-capital activities including:

  • Rural training
  • Leadership development
  • Rural development programs
  • Agricultural education projects (supporting livestock or crop production, food processing, soil and water conservation)
  • Producer and consumer education agricultural awareness
  • Applied research
  • Exhibitions (fairs, trade shows, displays)
  • Educational events (seminars, conferences, congresses)
  • Hosting tours for education or promotion purposes within Alberta (only costs in Alberta will be eligible)
  • Demonstrations

Applications are reviewed throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Futures Research Grants - Alberta Labour

The OHS Futures Research Funding Program formalizes the way researchers, academic institutions, industry, and labour organizations access funding for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) research. It links government with experts and enhances OHS knowledge and capacity.

Important Dates:

  • January 12, 2017: Notice of Intent period opens. Template is now available.
  • February 12, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MDT: Notice of Intent period closes
  • March 3-7, 2017: Invites to complete OHS Futures full research application go out
  • May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. MDT: Application period closes
  • Late summer 2017: Applicants notified of their application results

Status of Women Grant Program

The Alberta Status of Women Grant Program provides funds to non-profit and charitable organizations. The funds are for projects and activities that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta and relate to the three priority areas of Status of Women:

  • Empower more girls to play sports
  • Offer leadership training to girls and teens
  • Support women in the technology sector
  • Provide skills training for immigrant and Indigenous women
  • Raise awareness about consent and sexual violence
  • Engage underrepresented women in the political process
  • Support women experiencing domestic violence
  • Address challenges of women entering the agricultural industry

Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) occasionally provides grant programs to support active and healthy living.

The 'solicitation process' is the most common approach used by PHAC to provide funding to recipients who will undertake projects that contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the program and respect the priorities of PHAC.

Last reviewed/revised: April 27, 2017
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