Overview

The objective of the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) is to improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities.

Key program outcomes include:

  • new or enhanced regional municipal services
  • improved municipal capacity to respond to municipal and regional priorities
  • effective intermunicipal relations through joint and collaborative activities

Program highlights

In total, the 2019/20 ACP budget commitment is $16.5 million.

Applicants are required to submit their ACP applications, amendment requests and Statement of Funding and Expenditures through ACP Online (ACPO), which is accessed through MAConnect.

Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) project applications are due by January 6 of the current program year. Eligibility continues to give priority to projects that focus on Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks and Intermunicipal Development Plans.

Adjustments have been made to the formula for transitional and infrastructure funding under the Municipal Restructuring (MR) component for municipal dissolutions and amalgamations.

Applications for funding under the MR or Mediation and Cooperative Processes components are due by February 3, of the current program year. Municipal Internship applications were due October 1, 2019.

Eligibility

Eligible entities

  • municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, improvement districts and special areas)
  • Metis Settlements
  • Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society
  • Calgary Metropolitan Region Board and Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board
  • municipally controlled planning service agencies (eligible only under the Municipal Internship component to host a Land Use Planner intern)

Eligible projects and components

Intermunicipal Collaboration

Provides funding to partnerships of 2 or more municipalities to develop regional land use plans and service delivery frameworks.

Municipal Restructuring

Provides funding to municipalities involved with regional governance and municipal restructuring processes such as amalgamation, dissolution or viability reviews.

Mediation and Cooperative Processes

Provides funding to municipalities to help develop collaborative protocols and processes to proactively manage conflict, and to establish an agreed-upon process for collaboration.

Provides funding to support municipalities in using mediation, facilitation or other dispute resolution alternatives to resolve intermunicipal conflict and to assist with intermunicipal collaboration framework negotiations.

Municipal Internship

Provides funding to municipalities and planning service agencies to recruit, train and retain competent municipal employees who may pursue careers in municipal administration, finance or land use planning.

Refer to the program guidelines for information regarding all program components.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the ACP program guidelines

  • 2019/20 ACP Program Guidelines will be posted soon

Step 2. Complete and submit the application using ACPO

Applicants are required to fill out and submit applications through ACPO, which is accessed through MAConnect, the web portal that provides external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications.

ACPO gives municipalities the ability to:

  • create, edit and submit ACP applications online
  • view and track the status of ACP applications
  • view agreement, payment and reporting summary information for projects funded under ACP or the former Regional Collaboration Program (RCP)
  • create, edit and submit ACP or RCP amendment requests
  • create, edit and submit ACP or RCP Statements of Funding and Expenditures

Accessing ACPO

Municipalities that already use MAConnect can request staff access to ACPO through the municipality's MAConnect Stakeholder Administrator.

The Stakeholder Administrator is the person delegated to manage access to applications in MAConnect on behalf of the municipality through the MAConnect Stakeholder Agreement. If the municipality needs to assign another Stakeholder Administrator, a request can be emailed to acpoaccess@gov.ab.ca.

Municipalities without access to MAConnect will need to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to ACPO.

The Stakeholder Agreement can be requested by emailing acpoaccess@gov.ab.ca or contacting 780-644-2413 (toll free 310-0000).

Once the Stakeholder Agreement has been signed and returned to Municipal Affairs, the municipality will be able to request access to ACPO through their designated Stakeholder Administrator.

For more information, read the ACPO User Guide (PDF, 1.3 MB).

After you apply

Funding decisions will be made by March 31 of the program year. Applicants will be advised in writing of the status of their submission and a list of successful projects will be posted annually.

Amendments

An amendment is required if the project scope or time period to use grant funds changes after project approval.

For projects funded under the former RCP, please refer to the RCP Program Guidelines.

Reporting

For all components, final reporting is due within 60 days after the project completion date.

Applicants will be required to submit their Statement of Funding and Expenditures through ACPO. Additional reporting may be required under some components.

Approved projects

Contact

To connect with the ACP program:

Phone: 780-422-7125
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: acp.grants@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Grants and Education Property Tax Branch
Alberta Municipal Affairs
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4