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Relaunching funding for community projects


August 13, 2020 @ 2:29 PM

Alberta’s government is reopening the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant stream to support economic recovery and build social connections.


Alberta’s non-profit and community organizations can now apply to the Sept. 15 intake of the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant stream, which aims to foster healthy and vibrant communities across Alberta. Funding will focus on events, festivals, programs and projects delivered in innovative and creative ways that align with public health measures.

“Our non-profit and community organizations deliver programs and services that enhance the quality of life of Albertans. At the height of the pandemic, we focused grant funding on front-line organizations providing critical services to Albertans, but now we can focus again on projects that improve and enrich our communities. We are thrilled to relaunch the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant to support Alberta’s non-profits in their important work to rebuild social connections in our communities and support Alberta’s economic recovery.” Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“As a non-profit organization operating sport facilities in the City of Edmonton, we have always valued the Community Initiatives Project-Based grant program. With relaunch, we could apply to the program for funds to acquire disinfectant machines to improve safety conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at all of our indoor facilities, along with computer upgrades to handle a new reservation system.” Adrian Newman, CEO, Edmonton Soccer Association Facilities

“This funding program has helped GlobalFest launch a number of community-based, innovative projects over the years. We are thrilled that Alberta’s government has reintroduced this invaluable funding opportunity to support organizations throughout our province.” Ken Goosen, producer & CFO, GlobalFest 

The Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant was paused in May to reallocate funds to help struggling front-line charities and non-profits maintain their core operations and provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.

Quick facts

  • Alberta has more than 26,000 non-profit organizations.

  • Community grants programs provide essential funding to about 800 of these organizations.

  • Each year, 1.6 million Albertans provide more than 262 million volunteer hours to support the non-profit and voluntary sector.

  • Non-profit institutions contribute $5.6 billion to the economy every year.

  • The volunteer organizations and non-profits the ministry supports play a significant role in the quality of life of Albertans by helping them remain physically and mentally 

Provincial Press Release August 13, 2020 @ 2:04 PM

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