Upcoming Deadlines – Nonprofit Grants, Bursaries and Awards

The following list displays grant, awards and bursaries – primarily  listed in order of deadline. If you want to view those with ongoing applications Click Here

Launch Of An Online Portal For Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) Program Applications.

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.

Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program
Currently accepting applications, on an ongoing basis, from organizations interested in receiving up to $100,000 in grant funding from the SDG Funding Program for projects that are up to 12 months in duration.
Ongoing. This process will remain open until we deem the objectives of the intake process have been met.

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 for funding after December 1 (application available June 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline September 1, 2019

Canada Awards for Excellence (Excellence Canada)
Presented annually to private, public, and not-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Quality and a Healthy Workplace®. Through their achievement and results, these organizations have made a significant contribution to the quality of life of Canadians.

  • BTQ 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 initiative

Deadline September 1 for funding after December 1 (application available June 2)

Canadian School Gardens
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to supper an edible educational garden on the grounds of a primary or secondary school. Schools, or a non-profit organization or charity working in partnership with a school, may apply. Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out their Extended Learning Garden Grant program
Opens September, 2019

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

Homeward Trust Edmonton RFPs & Opportunities
Community-Based Research Proposals
Deadline September 3, 2019

MEC Grants
1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Inspiring and enabling participation in outdoor and indoor activities or providing opportunities to try new activities and developing technical or safety skills, or
  • Planning, construction and maintenance of facilities or infrastructure such as trails, skills-parks or backcountry shelters
  1. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.
  • Outdoor environmental education programming to teach about areas of environmental importance
  • Deliver programming that will increase awareness about ecologically sensitive areas and how to recreate responsibly in them

Deadline September 4, 2019

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation 2018 Women of Excellence
“Women of Excellence Awards Program” (WE) is a celebration of innovation, leadership, achievement and talent, as demonstrated by women throughout Central Alberta who have used their vision and determination to make Central Alberta a better place to live. The development and presentation of these awards reflects the Community Foundation’s commitment to increase recognition of women who have earned the admiration and respect of their peers.
Deadline September 5, 2019

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 September 6, 2019

Edmonton Heritage Counsel Travel Grants
Travel grants are designed to provide assistance to individuals to travel outside of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region for professional development or research that will support the telling of Edmonton-based stories.   The Travel Grant will support up to $4,000 of eligible expenses, including long distance travel, local transportation, accommodation, meals, and registration and/or tuition fees
Deadline September 6, 2019

Calgary Foundation Community Grants
The Community Grants program helps make Calgary and area a great place to live for everyone by strengthening all parts of the charitable sectori and engaging citizens in building their communities.
Deadline Noon September 10 Annually

Community Foundations Grants for Northwest Alberta
Grant Program promotes a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and support all of its members. It is through the generosity of our fund holders and donors that we are able to offer these grants to our region
Deadline for applications are September 15, 2019 at 11:45 p.m.

Alberta Culture Community Initiatives Program Project-Based Grant
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based grant supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for:
New programs and initiatives
Community events
Community publications
Deadline September 15, 2018

Alberta Culture Community Indicatives Program Operating Grant
The CIP Operating grant supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:
Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.
Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues.
Deadline September 15, 2018

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 September 15, 2018

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based Funding
Provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.
CIP outcomes are to strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of community organizations and support community-driven goals that have a public benefit
Deadline Sept 15, 2019

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 September 15, 2019

Laidlaw Foundation Youth Action Fund
A funding opportunity to tackle barriers facing young people in the justice, education and child welfare systems. 
Deadline September 16, 2019 – 5 PM

RBC Future Launch Community Challenge
Participating community foundations will be offering grants of up to $15,000 to youth-led initiatives in 150 small and mid-sized communities (under 150,000 residents) in support of a wide range of community priorities.
Deadline September 18, 2019.

Blue Sky Award
Open to any non-profit north of Red Deer. (Southern AB opens in spring 2019) This season’s award could enable your organization to start a new building, renovate a current facility or design a site, playground or landscape for your organization. Manasc Isaac will provide $10,000 of deliverables to the winning not-for-profit, which can be used to seek partners and funding, and determine timelines for your project.
Deadline September 18, 2019

Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards
Albertans are invited to help honour the people making a difference in your community by nominating them for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards program is part of the Government of Alberta’s efforts to highlight the incredible value of the province’s volunteers, encourage a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspire others to make volunteering a central part of their lives. Most importantly, it is a chance to pay tribute to Alberta’s outstanding volunteers.
Deadline September 20, 2019

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Event Grant
Community groups can apply for funding to hold International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3) events.
Deadline September 21, 2019

Edmonton Heritage Operational Funding Grant
Grants are designed to provide limited operating assistance—up to 25 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses—to museums, archives, and other heritage organizations so that they can continue to research, preserve, and interpret Edmonton’s heritage. When making funding decisions, we give preference to organizations who demonstrate that they are serving the diverse heritage needs of Edmontonians.
Deadline September 27, 2019

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 September 30 Annually

TELUS Community Boards – Edmonton/Calgary
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation. Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community BoardTELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrie Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
Deadline Calgary Community Board October 1, 2019

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
Deadline October 1, 2019

Edmonton Arts Council Festival Seed Community Investment Grant Program
The Festival Seed Community Investment Grant Program is intended to provide limited assistance, subject to availability of funds, to resident non-profit organizations for the purpose of funding new or emerging festivals.
Deadline October 1, 2019

Edmonton Heritage Project Funding Grant
Grants are designed to provide assistance—up to 75 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000—to museums, archives, and other heritage organizations so that they can undertake a project that will help preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate, and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton. Projects may include a range of activities—including commemoration of significant anniversaries—and is intended to result in diverse and innovative ways of presenting Edmonton’s story for the benefit of all Edmontonians.
Deadline October 4, 2019

Heritage Council Project Grant
Project grants are designed to provide assistance—up to 75 percent of an applicant’s eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000—for non-profit organizations to undertake projects that preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate, and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton. Projects may include a range of activities—including the commemoration of significant anniversaries—and are intended to result in diverse and innovative ways of presenting Edmonton’s stories for the benefit of all Edmontonians.
Deadline October 4, 2019

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants
(YEG) program provides local youth with the funding they need to turn ideas into reality! These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
Deadline October 15 Annually

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries for individuals living with FASD and/or their caregivers or families. Successful applicants may receive up to $750 per calendar year
Deadline October 17, 2019

TELUS Community Boards – Edmonton/Calgary
Their innovative Community Boards put funding decisions in the hands of community champions who best understand the needs in our communities. The focus of the Boards is to provide grants to grassroots charities that support local youth. Preference is given to projects that also demonstrate tangible technological or social innovation. Each year they contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of Canadian registered charities through our local TELUS Community BoardTELUS Community Boards will consider requests for funding up to $20,000; with the exception of the Barrie Community Board whose maximum consideration is $10,000
Deadline Edmonton Community Board October 21, 2019

Government of Canada Youth Innovation Grant
The EAF Youth Innovation Component provides an opportunity for youths to have a direct impact in the lives of people with disabilities by addressing accessibility barriers in public spaces or workplaces within their community or surrounding communities. Through this work, youths create greater awareness about accessibility needs and encourage organizations to apply for EAF funding to address existing accessibility barriers and build a more inclusive and accessible Canada.
Opens May and Deadline October 31, 2019

Government of Canada The Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability (SDPP-D)
Supports projects intended to improve the participation and increase the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society
Opens May and Deadline October 31, 2019

Prairieaction Foundation Youth Leadership Award
If you know of a group of young people who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to finding solutions to violence and abuse, please nominate them!
Deadline November 30, 2019

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 December 1 2019 for funding  after March 1 (application available September 2)

Alberta Government Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Deadline December 1, 2019

MEC Grants
1. Identify and reduce barriers to outdoor activity and increase the community of active outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Inspiring and enabling participation in outdoor and indoor activities or providing opportunities to try new activities and developing technical or safety skills, or
  • Planning, construction and maintenance of facilities or infrastructure such as trails, skills-parks or backcountry shelters
  1. Teach responsible outdoor recreation practices and environmental stewardship.
  • Outdoor environmental education programming to teach about areas of environmental importance
  • Deliver programming that will increase awareness about ecologically sensitive areas and how to recreate responsibly in them

 Opens January 31 – Deadline March 28

See Directory for  Grants With Ongoing Applications

Calgary Foundation Community Grants
The Community Grants program helps make Calgary and area a great place to live for everyone by strengthening all parts of the charitable sectori and engaging citizens in building their communities.
Deadlin February 15 Annually

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Young Edmonton Grants (YEG)
Program provides local youth with funding to turn their ideas into reality. For projects initiated, led, and organized by Edmonton and area youth. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24.
Deadlines are February 15, May 15 and October 15 Annually

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 September 30 December 31 Annually March 31 Annually

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