CIP International Development is now located at:

Community Initiatives Program
International Development
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7

Please note that processing time is taking longer than anticipated. 
We thank you for your patience.

Important dates

Annual application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • September 15

Funds must be spent within 30 months of receiving the grant payment.


The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), International Development grant stream provides funds to organizations working to support sustainable community development projects in developing nations. The purpose of the International Development funding stream is to match or supplement the donations of Albertans to humanitarian projects in developing nations.

Assistance is provided to projects run by:

  • small and medium-sized non-profit organizations
  • Alberta-based non-profit organizations
  • non-government organizations

For more information, read the CIP International Development Guidelines (PDF, 173 KB).


The maximum funding available is $25,000.

CIP International Development funding is approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute towards the expenses of the project an equal or greater amount than the CIP grant request. The matching funding may be in the form of cash only. For more details about matching funding, read the CIP International Development Guidelines (PDF, 173 KB).

Multiple applications

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any one of the CIP grant streams. Capital grant requests can be accessed under the CIP Project-Based, International Development or the Community Facility Enhancement Program.


Eligible applicants

The following organizations and community non-profit organizations can apply for this program:

  • a registered community non-profit organization in Alberta (and in good standing) under one of these Acts:
    • Provincial Legislation (Alberta)
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act– Extra-Provincial Corporations
      • Part 9 of the Companies Act, (Nonprofit Companies)
      • Societies Act
      • Special Act of the Legislature
    • Federal Legislation (Canada)
      • Special Act of  Parliament
      • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
      • Income Tax Act (and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • organizations that:
    • have an Alberta-based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization
    • have been in existence for a minimum of 2 years
    • have international development as a fundamental purpose or stated objects
    • have prior international development experience
    • are actively engaged in fundraising in Alberta for the purposes of international development

Out-of-province organizations

Organizations based outside of Alberta can apply for the third and final intake (September 15 application deadline) and must have:

  • a strong Alberta presence
  • Alberta fundraising to match the requested grant
  • Extra-Provincial Corporation registration with the Government of Alberta Corporate Registry
  • a staff member or board elected director with signing authority who is a resident of Alberta

Ineligible applicants

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under the CIP International Development Grants:

  • organizations whose total annual expenses, pertaining to international development activities, exceed $1.5 million
  • for-profit organizations
  • organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned Acts
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
  • organizations outside of Canada
  • individuals

Eligible projects and expenses

The following projects are eligible for funding (but are not limited to):

  • immunization and health
  • education and awareness
  • food production and livelihood
  • construction
  • micro-financing and sustainability
  • sanitation and hygiene
  • emergency disaster relief (contact the program office for more information)

Project priorities

CIP International Development projects must fall under one or more of the following priorities:

  • basic needs
  • women in development
  • small business development
  • human infrastructure development
  • emergency disaster relief

Ineligible expenses

CIP International Development funding cannot be used for expenses related to:

  • preparation of funding applications, committee planning meetings, or fundraising
  • debt reduction and retroactive expenses incurred prior to the application submission date
  • administrative or organizational operational costs in Canada
  • monitoring or evaluation costs
  • contingency costs

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out the application package

Applications are also available through the Community Grants office. Contact the office for more information.

Keep a complete copy of your application as you may be contacted if further information or clarification is required.

Step 2. Submit the application package

Application packages can be emailed to or mailed to:
Community Initiatives Program
International Development
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7

After you apply

You will be contacted if additional information is required and notified about the results during the following times (approximate):

  • July (January 15 deadline)
  • November (May 15 deadline)
  • March (September 15 deadline)

All decisions on grant applications are final, and no appeals will be considered.

Specific terms and conditions of the grant must be acknowledged and signed off as part of the application form.

Reporting requirements

You must complete your financial accounting for the project using the Final International Development Accountability Report and International Development Financial Reporting at Project Completion (XLS, 15 KB) forms.

Previous grant recipients

You can find previous grant recipients in the Previous Grant Recipients Database.


Toll Free: 1-800-642-3855


Community Initiatives Program
International Development
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7