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.

Important dates

Annual application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • September 15

Notification dates:

  • 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:

Phone: 1-800-642-3855
Email: [email protected]

Overview

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.

Grant info sessions

The information sessions have limited availability. We will post recordings of the presentations on this page for those unable to attend.

Session date Topic Registration
January 10, 2023
9:30 am
Submit a CIP Operating grant application using Front Office Open
January 19, 2023
1:30 pm
Submit a CIP Operating grant application using Front Office Open

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

Log in to Front Office

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.

Reporting requirements

  • 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:

Contact

Connect with the Community Grants office:

Phone: 780-422-9598
Toll free: 1-800-642-3855
Email: [email protected]

Address:
Community Grants Unit
212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7

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