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Civil Society Fund

Organizations can apply for a one-time grant for projects building civil society’s capacity to support social recovery and inclusive economic participation for Albertans.

The intake for 2021-22 Civil Society Fund applications is now closed.


The second round of funding through the Civil Society Fund (CSF) is now closed.

The CSF provides $20 million over 3 years to expand civil society’s capacity to address social problems facing Albertans. The first round of CSF funding was launched in fall 2020.

Civil society includes non-profit and voluntary organizations, registered charities, informal groups or movements pursuing shared interests or values, and private-sector organizations and individuals pursuing social good.

Civil society plays a critical role in the well-being of Albertans and contributes significantly to Alberta’s economy. The intent of the CSF is to support transformational change and improve how civil society organizations function and work together to address pressing social challenges.

CSF funding is one-time only. Funding will not be provided to support the ongoing delivery of social programs and services, or routine operational requirements of organizations.

CSF funding is also time limited. Successful applicants will have 24 months from the date of the grant agreement to complete their grant activities.

Eligible applicants can request up to $1,000,000 for their project. Proposals may be approved at a lesser amount than what was requested.

Fund overview
Funding range Maximum funding: $1,000,000 per project
Project length Up to 24 months from date of the grant agreement
Application deadline Friday, December 17, 2021, 11:59 pm
Review and approval Review – Government of Alberta cross-ministry review

Approval – Minister of Community and Social Services

Grant agreement Grant agreement upon approval of the application.
Reporting requirements Interim reports – includes progress update and interim financial reporting

Final report – includes outcomes reporting and financial reporting (audited statements or review engagement report)


Eligible projects

Strategic focus – Round 2

For round 2 of the CSF, proposals must demonstrate how CSF funding will help achieve social recovery and inclusive economic participation by building civil society’s capacity to address social challenges impacting Albertans.

The CSF’s core objectives and funding priorities remain unchanged.

Proposals must demonstrate how the project will support the fund’s objectives of enabling transformational change in civil society, and significantly increasing the capacity of civil society to address social issues.

Organizations applying for funding must also demonstrate that their proposed project aligns with at least one of the following priority areas:

  • system infrastructure
  • civil society research and data
  • organizational transformation
  • financial sustainability and resilience

Ineligible projects

While funding may support the design and development of innovative approaches to service delivery, funding will not support projects focused on the ongoing delivery of programs or services.

Operational and administrative costs beyond those related directly to the project will not be funded.

Eligible organizations

To be eligible for the CSF as a primary applicant, all applicants must:

1. be classified as one of the following:

  • a registered community not-for-profit organization or charity, in good standing, under one of the following acts:
    • Provincial legislation (Alberta):
      • Societies Act
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations*
      • Companies Act, Part 9 (Not-for-profit companies)
      • Special Act of the Legislature
      • Agricultural Societies Act
      • Religious Societies Land Act, Part 2
      • Post-secondary Learning Act (post-secondary institutions)**
    • Federal legislation (Canada)
      • Special Act of Parliament
      • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
      • Income Tax Act (and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))*
      • Board of Trade Act, Part 2 (Chambers of Commerce)
  • a First Nation
  • a Metis Settlement, or
  • a collaborative – collaboratives or collaborative projects are eligible for funding when the following elements are in place:
    • the applicant organization is a registered nonprofit organization or charity in good-standing under one of the acts referenced above
    • the collaborative’s structure, including the roles and responsibilities of the collaborative partners and the decision making process is clearly documented
    • a multi-year strategic plan with clear goals and priorities is utilized
    • there is a documented history of operating in Alberta for at least one year
    • financial resources are shared among the collaborative partners

2. have been legally registered and operating in Alberta for a minimum of one full year

*Must have an Alberta-based address that is regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

**For Round 2, eligibility has been expanded to include Alberta post-secondary institutions with research interests or initiatives that can help build civil society capacity in designated priority areas. Post-secondary institution applicants are encouraged to partner with community-based civil society organizations.

Ineligible organizations

The following groups or organizations are ineligible to apply to the CSF as the primary applicant:

  • municipalities
  • for-profit organizations
  • schools or school boards
  • organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned acts
  • funding agencies or other funders
  • organizations that primarily benefit those outside of Alberta
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by the Government of Alberta
  • organizations that are not legally registered and operating in Alberta for one full year
  • individuals

Ineligible organizations may partner with eligible organizations on proposals, if appropriate.

Read the Civil Society Fund Guidelines for full eligibility and criteria information.

Round 1 funding information

Funding for the first round of the CSF (2020-21) is being provided to 21 civil society organizations across the province. Successful grant recipients are supporting civil society’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the Civil Society Fund 2020-21 grant recipient list (PDF, 305 KB)


Connect with Civil Society Fund staff:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-644-2609
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

4th Floor, Forestry Building
9920 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2M4

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