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Important program changes
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating application process has changed. Applications are now only accepted through a secure online application portal called Front Office. See the updated application process below. To support applications through this change, the upcoming intake deadline has been extended to January 30, 2023.
Annual application deadlines:
- January 15
- May 15
- September 15
- June (for January 15 intake)
- October (for May 15 intake)
- February (for September intake)
Notification is sent by email to your organization.
Projects impacted by COVID-19
If you are unable to proceed with or complete your initiative as planned due to COVID-19, contact Community Grants on the project’s status:
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating grant supports eligible non-profit organizations in their ability to operate and deliver services to the vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The information sessions have limited availability. We will post recordings of the presentations on this page for those unable to attend.
How to apply
Step 1. Read the CIP Operating program guidelines
Step 2. Register for a Front Office account
- Download and complete the Registrant Form. Select Community Grants as the program area.
- Email completed form to [email protected] to register as an Applicant.
- Important: Ensure you register for a Front Office account no later than 10 business days before an application intake deadline.
- For further assistance, read the Front Office User Guide (PDF, 1.2 MB), and review the online tutorial or sign up for a grant information session.
Step 3. Prepare supporting documents to upload in Front Office for your application
- List of board members including executives with their contact information.
- Recently approved and signed financial statements:
- most recent fiscal year financial statement with 2 signing authority signatures on the Statement of Financial Position
- current financial statement (within 3 months of the application intake date – prepared in house) with 2 signing authority signatures on the Statement of Financial Position
- Signed Grant Agreement – must be signed by the board president, chairperson or treasurer.
- Application for EFT (CAD) Direct Deposit form (PDF, 1.1 MB) – completed, in part, by your financial institution and void cheque or pre-printed bank direct deposit form.
- If applying for Organizational Development Funding:
- Letters of support (optional).
Note: The grant agreement, application for EFT (CAD) direct deposit, and capacity assessment tools are also available for download in the online application within Front Office.
Step 4. Complete an application for funding in Front Office
- See also sample CIP Operating application for single non-profit organization
- See sample CIP Operating application for a community collaborative
After you apply
- All decisions on grant applications are final, and no appeals will be considered.
- Specific terms and conditions of the grant are provided once approved.
- You must complete your financial accounting for the CIP Operating grant using the Front Office portal. See Section 9 of the guidelines for further details.
Final reporting prior to Front Office
You must complete your financial accounting for the CIP Operating grant (see pages 15 and 16 of the guidelines for further details) using the:
- Final CIP Operating Final Report Form
- June 15, 2020 Intake Final Report Addendum (DOCX, 328 KB)
- Final Report Financial Template (XLSX, 14 KB)
Connect with the Community Grants office:
Community Grants Unit
212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1M7
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