GRANTS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

Upcoming Deadlines – Nonprofit Grants, Bursaries and Awards

ALIGN LEADERSHIP BURSARIES – ONGOING APPLICATION
The ALIGN Agency Leadership Development Bursary and the ALIGN Leadership Bursary for Non-Accredited Programs/Courses are now open for application!
The purpose of the Leadership Bursaries are to foster future leadership capacity by enabling senior organizational leaders to participate in formal education and professional development programs that enhance their ability to lead their organization and the field. 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.

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UPCOMING APPLICATION OPEN DATES AND DEADLINES

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence
These awards honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for their remarkable educational achievements and for their commitment to preparing their students for a digital and innovation‑based economy.
Applications Open Now – Deadline January 12, 2021 — 11:59 a.m. Pacific Time

Calgary Homeless Foundation Reaching Home Programs – Designated Communities Stream
Request for Proposals – REF#21071 – (OPEN)
Applications Open Now – Deadline January, 15, 2021

Alberta Government Civil Society Fund (CSF)
The CSF is one of the government’s commitments related to harnessing the power of civil society. The CSF provides $20 million over three years to expand civil society capacity. Year one of the CSF (2020-21) will focus on civil society’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of building a more effective and resilient civil society for the future. The overall intent of the CSF is to support transformational change, improving how civil society organizations function and building their capacity to work together to address pressing social challenges.
Applications Open Now – Deadline January 20, 2021

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation Community Investment Program
Invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities.
Applications Open Now – Deadline January 25, 2021. Submit an inquiry three to four weeks in advance of the grant deadline

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for projects that prevent and address family violence and its health impacts by delivering, testing and supporting diverse health promotion programs and interventions that are tailored to the needs of those who have experienced, are experiencing, or are at-risk of experiencing family violence. This Call for Proposals is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of a LOI, which provides an overview of the proposed project. Applicants whose LOIs best fit the objectives of this funding opportunity will be invited to move on to the second step by submitting a full proposal.
Applications Open Now – Deadline January 27, 2021.

CRRF COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION FUND (CMF)
A $300,000.00 investment from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation to support charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations as they manage and take action on anti-racism initiatives.This grant is being supported by Sun Life, with a generous donation of $60,000.
Deadline January 29, 2021

Edmonton Heritage Counsel Project Accelerator Grant
Project Accelerator grants are designed to support individuals and organizations undertaking small scale heritage projects that tell Edmonton stories in unique or innovative ways. The Project Accelerator grant will support up to $10,000 of eligible expenses.
Applications Open Now – Deadline February 5, 2021

The Diversity Award of Distinction
Recognizes an inclusive business/ organization which demonstrates best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers and others are respected and valued as unique individuals. Inclusion is the act of creating a work environment of hiring and staff development practices in which all employees feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued, and able to fully participate in the organization’s mission and business performance.
Applications Open Now – Deadline February 14, 2021

Alberta Order of Excellence
The objective of the Order is to recognize persons who have served with great distinction and of singular excellence for, or on behalf of, the residents of Alberta.
Applications Open Now – Deadline February 15, 2021

Canadian Women’s Foundation Safer + Stronger Grants Challenge the Rising Risk of Gender-Based Violence in the Pandemic
Grants Are For: Women’s organizations and other organizations offering significant gender-based violence supports and services to women to:Prepare surge capacity to deal with an anticipated influx seeking support as a result of increased gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic & Support their ability to help address, prevent and reduce gender-based violence.
Applications Open Now – Deadline February 15, 2021

The Rural Mental Health Community Grants Program
The Community Grants program aims to support projects that focus on mental health promotion in rural communities. Grants will only be available to rural communities who have a trained Community Animator. To get involved with the Rural Mental Health Project, visit our About page to learn more and then fill out the Expression of Interest to start training. Only five paid cohorts of training remain and spots are limited, so sign up soon!
Applications Open Now – Deadline February 28, 2021

The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund
The Community Fund supports projects that improve access to mental health care, supports and services for people in Canada
Applications open January 21, 2021 – Deadline TBA

Advancing Futures Bursary
Funding and supports are available for youth who have been in care, as they pursue post-secondary studies and prepare for adulthood.
Applications Open February 1, 2021 –  Deadline TBA

Imperial Community Investment Fund
Organizations can apply for funding in Innovation & sustainability, Indigenous Leadership, and Strong Operating Communities.
Applications Open February  2021 – Deadline TBA

Weyerhaeuser : Canada Giving Program
COMMUNITY GIVING  Canadian communities where they have a significant presence or business interest. These communities range from rural to metropolitan, each with unique priorities and needs. Our employees serve on local advisory committees for our Giving Fund and develop funding priorities within four focus areas (see below) to support their particular community. This provides a strong company wide framework for giving while allowing for flexibility to meet unique needs in our different communities.
Affordable Housing and Shelter
Education and Youth Development
Environmental Stewardship
Human Services, Civic and Cultural Growth
Applications Open Feb. 15, 2021 – Deadline TBA

FCC AgriSpirit Fund
The FCC AgriSpirit Fund supports rural communities across Canada. Successful projects in the past have included the construction of or upgrades to hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres and community gardens, as well as the purchase of fire and rescue equipment. If you live in a community under 150,000 people and need funding for a project that enhances lives or contributes to sustainability, check out the eligibility guidelines.
Applications Open March, 2021 – Deadline TBA

Alberta Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant Program
This program supports initiatives and projects that build intercultural awareness and understanding.
Applications Open Now – Deadline March 1, 2021

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.
Applications Open Now – Deadline March 1, 2021

Community Foundation Of Lethbridge And Southwestern Alberta Community Priorities Granting Program
Awarding over $450,000 annually, the Community Priorities Fund sustains our biggest granting program. Support for this program comes from over fifty years of donations, beginning with the first gifts the Community Foundation received in 1966. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their gifts to support the needs of the day, as represented by applications for funding. This program supports a wide range of projects from communities throughout our region.
Applications Open Now – Deadline March 15, 2021

F. N. Caring Society The 2021 Jordan’s Principle Scholarship.
Named in honour of Jordan River Anderson, the scholarship will be awarded to First Nations students studying children’s health or children with disabilities.
Applications Open Now – Deadline March 31, 2021

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Community Investment Fund
Support charitable projects or events that are making an impact in the communities of Calgary & Edmonton
Applications Open Now – Deadline March 31, 2021

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year (January-December), which may be used for such expenses as:

  • Courses and classes (not core education; not conferences)
  • Tutoring
  • Employment readiness
  • Health and wellness (eg. transportation, dental costs, etc.)
  • Respite care (eg. summer camps, etc.)
  • Housing support (not rent or damage deposit; funds can be used toward costs like moving costs or storage)

Identification (eg. driver’s license, passport, etc.)
Application Open Now – Deadline March 31, 2021

Canada Post Grants
Community Based Support Projects
Eligible projects increase the capacity of an organization. Such projects create or expand services rather than maintaining existing services, for example hiring staff or purchasing new equipment.Project grants can total up to $25,000* each.
Applications open March 31, 2021

Canada Post Grants
Signature Grant

This grant is in place to contribute to the overall work and mission of national organizations that deliver programs or support to children and youth. Up to 3 Signature Grants of $50,000 each can be awarded every year.
Applications open March 31, 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
National and Provincial Grant
Funds national and province-wide initiatives from $20,000 up to $200,000 that enable those in need to achieve their full potential through public health and technology initiatives.
Deadline May 1, 2021

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation Community Investment Program
Invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities.
Deadline for the Community Investment program is May 3, 2021. Submit an inquiry three to four weeks in advance of the grant deadline

Alberta CIP Operating Grant
This grant provides funding of ongoing core operations for non-profit organizations that address social issues.
Deadline May 15, 2021

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, 2021

AFKA Bursary
This bursary is designed to help in continuing education in a college,
university, vocational institution or other special educational pursuits.Applicant must be a foster, former foster, adopted, or a biological child of a licensed foster or a *kinship caregiver or a child currently placed with or formerly placed with a kinship caregiver.
Applications Open Now – Deadline June 1, 2021

Edmonton Heritage Counsel Project Accelerator Grant
Project Accelerator grants are designed to support individuals and organizations undertaking small scale heritage projects that tell Edmonton stories in unique or innovative ways. The Project Accelerator grant will support up to $10,000 of eligible expenses.
Deadline June 4, 2021

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 June 15, 2021

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Community Investment Fund
Support charitable projects or events that are making an impact in the communities of Calgary & Edmonton
Deadline June 30, 2021

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year (January-December), which may be used for such expenses as:

  • Courses and classes (not core education; not conferences)
  • Tutoring
  • Employment readiness
  • Health and wellness (eg. transportation, dental costs, etc.)
  • Respite care (eg. summer camps, etc.)
  • Housing support (not rent or damage deposit; funds can be used toward costs like moving costs or storage)

Identification (eg. driver’s license, passport, etc.)
Deadline June 30 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
National and Provincial Grant
Funds national and province-wide initiatives from $20,000 up to $200,000 that enable those in need to achieve their full potential through public health and technology initiatives.
Applications Open Now – Deadline May 1, 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
Community Grant
Due to the global pandemic, funding will be focused on critically important community-based health programs, including mental health and well-being programs, supporting at-risk populations. TELUS Community Boards award one-time regional grants of up to $20,000 for innovative local public health and technology programs. Edmonton Community Board
Edmonton Deadlines July 27, 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
Community Grant
Due to the global pandemic, funding will be focused on critically important community-based health programs, including mental health and well-being programs, supporting at-risk populations. TELUS Community Boards award one-time regional grants of up to $20,000 for innovative local public health and technology programs. Edmonton Community Board
Calgary Deadline August 1, 2021

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation Community Investment Program
Invests in real estate policy, research, practices, and education that strengthen Alberta’s communities.
Deadline August 9, 2021. Submit an inquiry three to four weeks in advance of the grant deadline

Battle River Community Foundation 
Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong and committed volunteer board of directors, fiscal responsibility, and effective management of resources. Partnerships and collaboration are encouraged. Projects that impact the largest number of individuals possible, with a modest investment of funds, are preferred. In general, grants are approved for needs not met by other funding sources.
Deadline August 15, 2021 (Always same deadline annually)

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 2021

Alberta Multiculturalism, Indigenous and Inclusion Grant Program
This program supports initiatives and projects that build intercultural awareness and understanding.
Deadline September 1, 2021

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, 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
National and Provincial Grant
Funds national and province-wide initiatives from $20,000 up to $200,000 that enable those in need to achieve their full potential through public health and technology initiatives.
Deadline September 1, 2021

Alberta CIP Operating Grant
This grant provides funding of ongoing core operations for non-profit organizations that address social issues.
Deadline September 15, 2021

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) Community Investment Fund
Support charitable projects or events that are making an impact in the communities of Calgary & Edmonton
Deadline September 30, 2021 

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year (January-December), which may be used for such expenses as:

  • Courses and classes (not core education; not conferences)
  • Tutoring
  • Employment readiness
  • Health and wellness (eg. transportation, dental costs, etc.)
  • Respite care (eg. summer camps, etc.)
  • Housing support (not rent or damage deposit; funds can be used toward costs like moving costs or storage)

Identification (eg. driver’s license, passport, etc.)
Deadlines September 30, 2021

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation
Community Grant
Due to the global pandemic, funding will be focused on critically important community-based health programs, including mental health and well-being programs, supporting at-risk populations. TELUS Community Boards award one-time regional grants of up to $20,000 for innovative local public health and technology programs. Edmonton Community Board
Edmonton Deadlines October 5, 2021

Community Foundation Of Lethbridge And Southwestern Alberta Community Priorities Granting Program
Awarding over $450,000 annually, the Community Priorities Fund sustains our biggest granting program. Support for this program comes from over fifty years of donations, beginning with the first gifts the Community Foundation received in 1966. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their gifts to support the needs of the day, as represented by applications for funding. This program supports a wide range of projects from communities throughout our region.
Deadline October 15, 2021

ON-GOING APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED

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.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Alberta Child Care Grant Funding Program
Effective April 1, 2020, all licensed daycare, out-of-school care, group family child care, and approved family day home agencies can apply for grant funding to support the recruitment, retention and professional development of their staff. Available funding supports include wage top-up and professional development funding.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

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.
Application Accepted Ongoing

CMHC Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP) On-Reserve
People who are fleeing domestic violence, including those living on-reserve, need ready access to safe emergency shelter. Many also need second-stage or transitional housing as they prepare for independent living after leaving an abusive situation.CMHC works closely with First Nations across Canada to ensure these essential services are available in their communities. Through our Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP) On-Reserve, we help pay for much-needed repairs to existing shelters and also provide financial support to those looking to build new shelters or second-stage housing projects
 Contact your CMHC consultant or local CMHC office. You can also contact CMHC at 1-800-668-2642

Carthy Foundation Fund
What they Fund: Youth: Initiatives that have a primary focus on adolescent emotional health and wellness or on career transitions for youth and young adults. Environment: Initiatives that focus on market-based mechanisms, or urban ecology and ecological design. Average Grant Size: No defined range for grants. Projects are assessed and funded on a case-bycase basis.
Application Accepted Ongoing

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
Only accepting grant applications from previous grant applicants. No deadlines.

Honda Canada Foundation
Dedicated to helping those who strive to make our society better. Their relationship with charities is focused on programs that balance the most pressing needs of youth and education.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Husky Community Investment Fund
Husky works with municipal, Indigenous and business leaders, as well as charitable organizations to identify community needs. The community investment program builds and strengthens meaningful relationships. Priority funding areas include education and training, health and wellness, and community building initiatives.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

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.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Max Bell Foundation Project & Development Grants
Project Grants support clearly defined activities designed to achieve a specific purpose that aligns
with the Foundation’s mission: the development of innovative ideas that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment; and their strategic priority: to support projects which educate Canadians about public policy and practice alternatives. Average Grant Size: $50,000 – $200,000
Development Grants support organizations who wish to hire a junior-level person to work for a short term (typically 4 month), full time contract. Average Grant Size: $12,000 Max Bell Foundation’s program areas are: health, education and environment
Application Accepted Year Round

Max Bell Foundation Senior Fellow Grants
Senior Fellow Grants support mid-career individuals who wish to undertake a well-defined project that will add value to debates over critical public policy issues in health and wellness, education and/or environment. Average Grant Size: $80,000 – $100,000
Application Accepted Year Round

Nova Chemicals Community Investment Fund
​Investing in our communities is an important part of our socially responsible approach to operations. Through our Community Investment Program, we invest in the well-being of our communities by lending a hand to organizations dedicated to making a difference and improving the overall quality of life in Central Alberta.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Piikani Youth & Education Foundation Group and Community Grants
Offers grants of $2000 in a variety of areas for Piikani Nation groups and organization working toward the betterment of the Piikani community
Accept Applications: 12:00 pm of the 3rd Friday of the Month

Public Safety Canada Crime Prevention Action Fund (CPAF)
Provides time-limited funding to assist communities and organizations in two specific areas. The first is developing and implementing crime prevention initiatives that address known risk and protective factors associated with offending behaviour. The second is developing and implementing knowledge transfer initiatives that focus on the application of research-based evidence to inform crime prevention practice
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Safeway Canada Provincial and Regional Donations and Sponsorships
Safeway welcomes all donation requests in writing using the application form. With over 100,000 non-profit organizations in Canada, economic realities are such that we must limit our participation to initiatives that best match Safeway’s objectives. Safeway’s giving priorities primarily focus on building healthy communities by supporting human health and nutrition, hunger prevention, people with disabilities and community based activities.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

Sobeys Community Giving
Working directly with food banks, community organizations, provincial bodies and municipalities across the country to help feed Canadian families during this unprecedented time. Our tailored support to food banks and meal programs includes financial support, donated gift cards, thousands of prepackaged hampers and thousands of cases of pantry essentials.
If your organization is interested in applying to Sobeys for support, please visit your local store’s website.

The Allstate Foundation
The Allstate Foundation of Canada was established in 1977 to provide grants to charities and not-for-profit organizations that are involved in a variety of activities or educational initiatives focused around crime prevention, road safety or home safety.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

The Keg Spirit Foundation Funding
Will consider funding for both new and established projects based on the following criteria:

  • The organization must hold, in good standing, a current charity registration number.
  • The project must relate to children or youth in some way.
  • The program should contain a mentoring component.

When funding allows (the majority of funding goes to our larger partnerships each year), The Keg Spirit Foundation will make grants to successful applicants. Grants are typically in the range of $2,000 to $5,000.
Applications Accepted Ongoing

The Muttart Foundation Funding For Your Organization’s Professional Development
Are you looking for funding for your organization’s professional development? The Muttart Foundation has two bursary programs open to registered charities working in the social service and early childhood education and care fields.  This bursary program allows charities to apply for funding to allow their staff members to attend courses offered through publicly funded educational institutions or non-profit organizations.  We sometimes look at providing support to allow staff members to attend conferences that relate to their work at the organization.
Ongoing – Please submit applications to the Foundation at least three weeks in advance of the course start date to provide sufficient time for a review of your request.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
Are you looking to celebrate great volunteers who contribute to your community by selflessly offering their time and effort? Do you know a friend, a co-worker or a member of your community who inspires you and who should be recognized? The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers honours the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. To be eligible, volunteers need to have made significant, sustained and unpaid contributions to their community in Canada or abroad.
No Deadline to Nominate

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 endeavors on a provincial level.
No Deadline to Nominate

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