Grants, Bursaries & Awards With Ongoing Applications

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Grants With 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.

The City of Calgary is offering $125,000 in grants for nonprofits who work to support and stimulate positive change for affordable housing residents. Applications focusing on tenant self-sufficiency and increasing participation in community well-being activities can receive up to $15,000 per initiative. Applications must show benefits to the affordable housing community in one or more of the four key areas:

  • Residents feel they have increased housing stability
  • Residents have increased financial competency
  • Residents are more comfortable with and have better access to community wellness activities
  • Increased opportunities for resident-led community wellness activities.

Download the application here. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the funds run out for the 2019 period.

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.

ACCA Unleashing Local Capital
Unleashing Local Capital is a unique and innovative local financing program that empowers groups to mobilize resources in their community to finance local business development and foster community ownership. It is based on the premise that we have the resources, the leadership, and the know-how in our communities to make them vibrant places based on a strong local-economy. The Alberta Community and Co-operative Association, along with a host of partners has helped numerous Albertan Communities establish Opportunity Development Co-operatives; for-profit co-operatives that pools money within the community to finance business development. Opportunity Development Co-operatives are also RRSP eligible, meaning that millions of dollars can easily be accessed and taken out of places like Wall-Street and Bay-Street to be used to build a better main-street! If you are interested in building a strong local economy in your community, the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association can help you establish an Opportunity Development Co-operative
Application Accepted All Year

Accessible Community Loan Program
This solution has been created with non-profits specifically in mind and is the only product of its kind in Canada. The loan is designed to assist in the barrier-free modification of buildings owned by non-profits who may otherwise have difficulty affording to do so through traditional channels. It works as a 1 to 3 year term loan with interest-only payments in the first year giving non-profits the ability to easily afford payments and up to three years to fund raise to pay off the loan. Further, we have combined this solution with other services as part of a turn-key solution for non-profit organizations looking to better serve their aging or disabled members.
Application Accepted All YearAECEA Professional Development Funding (Child Development Supervisors)
Each year, the AECEA is able to award up to $217,500 in funding to those CDS’ looking to improve their skills and knowledge and in the process, enhance the quality of child care programs and adhere with the Provincial Family Day Home Standards and legislated requirements for licensed child care in Alberta. While this is not an exhaustive list, these are some examples of courses and workshops that might be approved for funding:

  • Leadership
  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Program management (human resources, financial, etc.)
  • Coaching
  • Communication (with children, families & other professionals)
  • Curriculum framework (Play, participation, and possibilities)
  • Children’s rights and mental health
  • Cultural sensitivity and diversity
  • Inclusion

Conferences must be offered by an approved Canadian institution or association, and be conducted within Canada (preferably Alberta) Workshops must be offered through an approved trainer or facilitator who has the necessary educational background and experience to deliver the specific workshop content. Post-secondary courses must be offered through a Canadian publicly funded post-secondary institution.
Applications must be received a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of two months in advance for workshops, and up to four months in advance for post-secondary courses.

Alberta Accreditation Funding for Child Care Programs
Accreditation funding is available to licensed day care and out-of-school care programs as well as contracted family day home agencies that are enrolled in Alberta Child Care Accreditation.

  • Wage Top-Up (Staff/Provider Support Funding) – provides a wage top-up for eligible paid program staff/providers over and above the base wage paid by the employer. Staff must be paid at least minimum wage, before the wage top-up is added to their pay.
  • Professional Development Grant – available to eligible certified staff to help obtain higher levels of certification and attend approved conferences and workshops related to early learning and child care.
  • Staff Attraction Incentive – available to support the recruitment of qualified staff. This funding is also considered a “wage” under the Alberta Employment Standards Code. Read more about this funding.
  • Benefit Contribution Grant – provided to child care programs to offset the costs of the mandatory provincial and federal employer contributions associated with the wage top-up funding and the child care staff attraction incentive allowance including statutory pay, vacation pay, Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and Workers Compensation Board (WCB) premium
    Application Accepted All Year

Alberta Culture The Other Initiatives Program (OIP)
Provides financial assistance for Community-based projects that fall outside the scope of other Community Grants funding streams including one time projects, international disaster relief and, projects that are emergency or urgent in nature.
Application Accepted All Year

Alberta Healthy School Community Wellness Fund
The key objective of the Wellness Fund is to support healthy school communities to plan, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school health approaches. Its goal is to build on and strengthen the excellent work already taking place in many Alberta school communities, and to stimulate new activity within Alberta. The resulting initiatives will demonstrate the benefits of working together to promote healthier children and youth at the school community level where efforts are proven to be most effective.

Alberta Sports Connection
FunTeam Family Try-athlon Grant – Application Accepted 2 Months Prior to Event
This grant is available to any community group or individual who is interested is hosting a FunTeam Try-athlon. The grant is in the amount of $500 will go towards prizing and other costs associated with the event.|
FunTeam Mini Try-athlon Grant – Application Accepted 2 Months Prior to Event
The Mini Try-athlon is a great way to introduce your community or school to FunTeam and is a great addition to community get-togethers and school functions. The Mini Try-athlon program consists of various stations that children and youth play their way through. FunTeam provides the equipment needed for the stations, colourful instructional posters to accompany each station and a $75 subsidy for healthy snacks and prizes.
RecTeam Event Grant
This grant is available to existing FunTeam groups or other community groups that are interested in hosting a one-day event. This event could be in the form of a wind-up tournament, a barbeque fundraiser, or any other event that allows families and communities to get active together. The grant is in the amount of $500.00
Application Accepted All Year.

Alberta Order of Excellence Council
The Alberta Order of Excellence Council receives and considers the nominations of candidates for future induction into the Alberta Order of Excellence. The Council is made up of volunteer representatives appointed by Order-in-Council from across Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

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

Application Accepted All Year

Atco Community Investment
ATCO seeks to support Aboriginal organizations and initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic and social development of Aboriginal communities. ATCO believes that supporting sustainable communities means also investing in young leaders through promoting education focusing on community-building initiatives in the areas of health, safety and environment, arts and culture and community development
Application Accepted All Year

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.

Calgary Foundation Strategic Opportunity Grants
Strategic Opportunity Grants support small to mid-sized Calgary and area qualified donees with small, time-sensitive, strategic initiatives. Grants are given to support organization transformation and unique opportunities. Application deadline: noon on the first of every month.
Application deadline: noon on the first of every month

Calgary Foundation Stepping Stone Grant
Stepping Stones help people bring small acts of community to life. These small grants (ranging from $100 – $600) encourage active citizenship by providing residents with funds to implement creative projects that benefit their local community. This program is offered in partnership with First Calgary Financial.
Accept Applications 1st of Every Month

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 All Year

Community Foundation Of Lethbridge And Southwestern Alberta H.S. Varley Fund for Rural Life.
The objective of this fund is to provide support through community organizations to people who are committed to sustaining the rural communities of southwestern Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

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
No Designated Deadline

First Calgary Financial Stepping Stones Grant, in partnership with The Calgary Foundation
These small grants encourage active citizenship by helping residents undertake small, creative project that benefit their local community.
Applications due by midnight of the 1st of every month

Lethbridge Community Foundations H.S. Varley Fund for Rural Life
Expressions of interest welcome at any time. Supporting the quality of life in rural Southwestern Alberta.
Application Accepted All Year

Max Bell Foundation
Project 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
Application Accepted Year Round
Development Grants
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
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

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

Homeward Trust Edmonton RFPs & Opportunities
Supported Referral Opportunity Proposals Accepted Ongoing
Supported Referral Program Description
Supported Referral MOU Sample

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.

National Resource Council Canada
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. Through federal departments and agencies, among others, the Youth Employment Strategy assists employers in hiring young Canadians. Provides small and medium-sized for profit enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. 
Application Accepted Year Round

Piikani Youth & Education Foundation Group and Community Grants

offers support in a variety of areas for Piikani Nation groups and organization working toward the betterment of our community
Deadline for Applications: 12:00 pm of the 3rd Friday of the Month

RBC Youth Mental Health Project
The RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. The RBC Youth Mental Health Project is our commitment to support programs that help youth and families access the right care at the right time. Through the Project, they have provided more than $34 million to organizations dedicated to helping kids and families get the programs and resources they need.
Application Accepted All Year

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
Application Accepted All Year

Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
Celebrate the great volunteers who selflessly offer their time and effort to contribute to your community. The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.The Governor General is aiming to recognize as many great volunteers as possible during Canada’s 150th year.
The Youth Justice Fund provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. The Youth Justice Fund has three components: the Main Fund, Drug Treatment, and Guns, Gangs and Drugs
Application Accepted All Year

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.

Youth Justice Fund
Provides grants and contributions to projects that encourage a more effective youth justice system, respond to emerging youth justice issues and enable greater citizen and community participation in the youth justice system. The Youth Justice Fund has three components: the Main Fund, Drug Treatment, and Guns, Gangs and Drugs
Application Accepted All Year

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