CIP Project-Based re-opens for September 15, 2020 intake

The re-opening of CIP Project-Based grant program will support non-profits in their work to rebuild social connections in Alberta’s communities and support Alberta’s recovery. Non-profit and community organizations will look at the delivery of their programs and services during the COVID-19 health emergency in innovative and creative ways. Please review the CIP Project-Based guidelines for eligibility and funding criteria.


  • Funding will focus on events, festivals, programs and projects delivered in innovative and creative ways.
  • Higher priority will be given to:
    • projects that consider public health measures
    • events and festivals that support economic recovery
    • programs and projects that support social connectivity
  • May 15 intake will be combined with the September 15 intakes with notification in March 2021
  • Alberta Relaunch Strategy – Stage 2 started on June 12. Check the website for details and health requirements that may affect your project.

If you’re unable to proceed with or complete your event, program or project as planned due to COVID-19, contact Community Grants – by calling 1-800-642-3855 or emailing [email protected] – to provide information on the project’s status.

Processing time

The processing time is approximately 6 months from the intake closure date.

Review the CIP Project-Based Guidelines for more details.

Previous grant recipients

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


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.

Previous grant

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

Grant information sessions

COVID-19 response: Sessions cancelled

CIP Project-Based grant information sessions are cancelled until further notice. Please continue to check this website for any updates regarding future sessions.

For more information, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.


The maximum funding available is $75,000.

CIP Project-Based 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 Project-Based grant request. The matching funding may be in the form of cash or donated labour, equipment or materials, all of which must be directly related to the project. For more details about matching funding, read the CIP Project-Based Guidelines.

Multiple applications

Applicants may only receive one non-capital and one capital grant per Alberta fiscal year, subject to the applicable guidelines and eligibility requirements:

  • one non-capital grant through the CIP Project-Based funding stream or the CIP Operating funding stream
  • one capital grant through either the CIP P-B funding stream or the Community Facility Enhancement Program

Organizations should apply under the specific program stream that’s best suited for their project.


Eligible organizations

A registered organization in Alberta (and in good standing) under one of these acts:

  • Provincial Legislation
    • Agriculture Societies Act
    • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
    • Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
    • Libraries Act
    • School Act
    • Societies Act
    • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • Federal Legislation
    • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
    • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
    • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities)
  • First Nations and Metis Settlements
  • foundations established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act
  • universities, colleges and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act

Organizations must have an Alberta-based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

Ineligible organizations

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under the CIP Project-Based Grant:

  • municipalities
  • for-profit organizations
  • any other organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned acts
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting or reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
  • individuals

How to apply

Continue to visit the various Community Grants Program funding streams webpages to get up-to-date information and any changes to the various grant programs.

Step 1. Read the grant guidelines

Step 2. Fill out the application package

Fill out the following documents:

Include the necessary additional documents with your application submission (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

Application packages can be emailed (preferred) or mailed to the Community Grants Program:

Email: [email protected]

Community Grants Unit
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Suite 212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1M7

After you apply

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

Applicants will receive written notification of the decision regarding their application. The review and decision-making process takes approximately 6 months. The notification period is as follows:

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

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

Reporting requirements

Due to the state of public health emergency, the Alberta government is providing 3-month extension letters to any grant reporting requirements that are due March 17 to June 30, 2020, inclusive.

If you have reporting due within this time period and have not received an extension email, then email [email protected] to inquire.

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) (DOCX, 122 KB)
  • 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 Community Grants staff about reporting requirements or project completion issues.


Connect with the Community Grants office:

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

Community Grants Unit
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Suite 212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5S 1M7