CIP Project-Based grant

This program provides funding to new community-based programs, initiatives, events and publications.


The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based grant stream supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for:

  • new programs
  • enhancement to an existing program
  • community events
  • gender equity projects
  • technology
  • portable equipment

For more information, read the CIP Project-Based Guidelines.

Program changes

The previous Status of Women Community Grant Program has been consolidated under the CIP Project Based stream for community-based initiatives focused on addressing gender-based violence, women’s economic security and women in leadership.

Check our grant pages regularly for up-to-date information and any changes to the various grant programs.

Note: Processing time is taking longer than anticipated. Thank you for your patience.

Important dates

Annual application intake deadlines

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • September 15

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the date the payment is received by the organization. Details are in the CIP Project-Based guidelines.

Notification dates

  • July (for January 15 intake)
  • November (for May 15 intake)
  • March (for September intake)

Notification is sent by email to your organization.

Grant information sessions

Previous grant information sessions were recorded and are available for your reference and learning.

This video covers the basics of the CIP Project-Based, including program outcomes and criteria used to determine organization and project eligibility.

Application session video

This video features an in-depth conversation and walk-through of the CIP Project-Based application form.

Budget session video

This video features an in-depth conversation and walk-through of the CIP Project-Based budget template.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the grant guidelines

CIP Project-Based Guidelines

Step 2. Fill out the application package

Complete the package documents:


  • Include the necessary additional documents with your application submission (see checklist on page 2 of the application).
  • Incomplete applications may be cancelled or processing may be delayed.
  • Keep a complete copy of your application, budget and mandatory documents as you may be contacted if further information or clarification is required.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Email the completed application package to the Community Grants Program:

Email: [email protected]

After you apply

During the review process, organizations may be contacted for information by program staff.

Notification will be sent to your organization by email. All decisions are final, and no appeals will be considered.

Organizations declined for funding may submit a new application for the same project as long as expenses have not been incurred prior to the submission of the new application.

Reporting requirements

Projects must be completed and accounted for within 18 months from the date the grant payment was received.

Financial reporting must be:

  • completed using the Final CIP Accountability Report (FCAR)
  • submitted to program staff within the periods specified in the guidelines unless an extension of the reporting date has been approved

Additional accounting requirements are outlined in the CIP Project-Based Guidelines.

Contact us about reporting requirements or project completion issues.

Previous grant recipients

Find previous grant recipients in the Previous Grant Recipient Database


Connect with the Community Grants office:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-9598
Toll free: 1-800-642-3855
Email: [email protected]