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The 2018 Civil Forfeiture Grant application period is now closed.


The Alberta government is supporting local crime prevention projects with $2.5 million in available grants.

Time-limited grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available for projects lasting up to 2 years.

Applicants are expected to contribute to the cost of the project either financially or by providing materials, supplies and services. The grant will not fund 100% of project or program costs.

Contributions from other sources including partners are required.


Organizations interested in applying must have a proven record of:

  • effective project management, including responsible financial practices
  • successful results or outcomes

Project evaluation

Each proposed project will be evaluated based on how it:

  • responds to existing, new or emerging crime issues
  • addresses gaps in crime prevention programs and services
  • involves communities in crime prevention
  • involves a range of partnerships with other services like law enforcement and not-for-profit organizations

Eligible applicants

Eligible organizations include:

  • not-for-profit community organizations, societies and associations:
    • with proven capacity and at least one year of audited financial statements
    • in good standing with corporate registries, including current proof of filing
  • First Nations and Metis settlements
  • municipal and county governments
  • school authorities

If an organization fails to meet the above criteria, it will need a sponsoring organization or fiscal agent.

Organizations from outside Alberta may also apply if all the project’s activity occurs in Alberta and an Alberta-based sponsor is not possible or appropriate.

Ineligible applicants

The following applicants cannot apply for the grant:

  • individuals
  • provincial government ministries
  • federal government
  • Crown corporations
  • for-profit groups
  • police agencies

Eligible projects

Eligible projects must focus on one of the following:

  • direct services that prevent people from getting involved in criminal activity
  • crime prevention initiatives and activities that enhance an organization’s or communities’ ability to deliver crime prevention programs

Existing projects can apply if the:

  • planned activities meet the grant criteria
  • program is promising or proven
  • proposed activities are not funded by other sources

Eligible expenses

Eligible project expenses may include:

  • staffing costs
  • honoraria – often for Elders
  • materials and supplies
  • resource development like toolkits
  • office equipment and capital not exceeding $5,000
  • travel and accommodations
  • evaluation
  • training
  • administration and overhead not exceeding 10%
  • rent and utilities

Ineligible projects and activities

The following projects and activities are not eligible for the grant:

  • events or spending that occurs before the application it approved and the grant agreement is signed
  • projects that plan to send grant money to other organizations for third party use

How to apply

The 2018 Civil Forfeiture Grant application period is now closed.

Step 1. Read the guidelines

The grant application form includes important information about how to apply for funding.

Step 2. Complete the application package

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Fill out the Civil Forfeiture Grant Short Form Application form.

Supporting documents

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • certificate of Incorporation from Alberta Corporate Registries
  • 3 letters of support or partnership, including one from a supporter in the criminal justice system; examples include:
    • local police services
    • chief Crown prosecutors
    • victim’s groups
    • referral agencies
    • criminal justice officials
    • community groups

Step 3. Submit the application package

You can submit the original signed applications:

  • by mail
  • via courier
  • in person

Applications are also accepted by email or fax before the deadline, but an original signed copy must also be submitted.

Submit your application to:

Attention: Civil Forfeiture Grant Program
Community Initiatives Supports
Policy and Program Development Branch
Alberta Justice
10th Floor South, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

Fax: 780-638-3870
Email: [email protected]

After you apply

You’ll receive confirmation your application was received within 3 weeks of the grant deadline. If you don’t receive confirmation within 3 weeks of the deadline, contact Community Initiatives Supports:

Phone: 780-415-1819
Email: [email protected]

If you receive a grant, your organization’s name and contact information, as well as the amount of your grant, may be provided to the media through a government media release or event. You’re not obligated to speak to the media if they contact you.

Grant recipients

17 organizations were awarded grants totalling $2 million in 2017.

Civil Forfeiture Grant recipients

Reporting and conditions

Applicants that receive over $100,000 in funding for projects that provide direct services will be required to complete:

  • a social return on investment evaluation
  • project reporting

A budget of 20% for this evaluation must be included in the application.


Connect with Community Initiatives Supports:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-1819
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-988-7629
Email: [email protected]


Community Initiatives Supports
Alberta Justice
10th Floor South, John E. Brownlee Building
10365 97 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 3W7

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