Important dates

The 2017-18 application period is now closed. The next multi-year funding cycle intake will be in late fall 2019.


The Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program (ECAP) helps to advance and strengthen the non-profit/voluntary sector, by providing multi-year operational funding for up to 3 years to Alberta-based non-profit organizations that have a primary mandate and proven ability to:

  • build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta
  • strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole
  • build capacity for effective volunteerism in the broader community

The ECAP defines capacity building as the process of developing the knowledge, skill and ability to make and implement decisions in a manner that achieves effective and efficient results at the individual, organizational and sector level.

Funding through the ECAP focuses on strengthening the non-profit/voluntary sector in areas such as:

  • leadership
  • operational management
  • adaptive capacity
  • collaboration
  • financial sustainability
  • evaluation

For more details, read the ECAP Guidelines.


The ECAP provides 2 levels of funding:

  • Core funding
  • Enhanced Capacity Building funding

Core funding

Maximum Core funding of up to $75,000 annually is available, providing support for the operations and administration of an organization to further its mission.

Core funding is determined by the organization’s ability to demonstrate strong capacity in 4 organizational areas:

  • leadership
  • adaptive capacity
  • management
  • operational capacity

Organizations that have been successfully assessed for Core funding will then be assessed for additional Enhanced Capacity Building funding.

Enhanced Capacity Building funding

Maximum Enhanced Capacity Building funding of up to $150,000 annually is available, providing support for a broad range of activities designed to build the capacity of other non-profit organizations.

Enhanced Capacity Building funding is determined based on the scope and effectiveness of capacity building support provided to the non-profit/voluntary sector in key focus areas.

Multiple applications

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1–March 31). ECAP recipients are not eligible to receive CIP Operating or CIP Project-based funding. ECAP recipients can apply to other Community Grants programs, for which they qualify, such as the Community Facility Enhancement Program.


Eligible organizations

Organizations must have:

  • a primary mandate and proven ability to:
    • build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta
    • strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole
    • build capacity for effective volunteerism in the broader community
  • the ability to demonstrate sufficient community support for their mandate.
  • registration as a non-profit organization, in good standing, under one of the following Acts:
    • Societies Act
    • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act with a registration in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
    • Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
    • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
    • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
  • an Alberta-based address that is regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.
  • A history of operating in Alberta for at least one year

Ineligible organizations

The following organizations and applicants are not eligible for funding under the ECAP:

  • organizations that provide direct service to Albertans, as their primary mandate
  • municipalities
  • for-profit organizations
  • any other organizations not registered under one of the above-mentioned Acts
  • organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
  • organizations that have grant funding from Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating or CIP Project-based (non-capital) at the time they intend to apply to the ECAP
  • individuals

Eligible expenses

Core funding

Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • human resources
  • training
  • sector services
  • office operations
  • advertising
  • public awareness and marketing
  • communications
  • travel and meetings
  • evaluation
  • other ongoing operating pressures as identified by the applicant

Enhanced Capacity Building funding

Examples of eligible expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • costs associated with community engagements
  • workshops
  • training
  • conferences
  • sector research
  • evaluation
  • advocacy

Ineligible expenses

Funding from the ECAP cannot be used for:

  • large capital expenditures
  • expenditures for which other grant dollars have been allocated
  • flow-through funds to another organization
  • retroactive expenses incurred prior to application submission date

How to apply

The 2017-18 application period is now closed.

Applications for the next multi-year funding cycle will be accepted in late fall 2019.

The application form and submission instructions will be provided at the beginning of the application period.

After you apply

All decisions are final and no appeals will be considered.

If your application is not successful, but your organization meets the ECAP eligibility criteria, we encourage you to submit another application for the next intake cycle.

Reporting and conditions


The program is currently in Year 2 of the multi-year funding cycle. Year 2 reporting requirements include:

  • A Year 2 Report (DOCX, 868 KB) that provides:
    • evidence (qualitative and quantitative data) of progress made towards the objectives identified in the application
    • a summary of the successes, challenges, and opportunities encountered during the grant cycle
    • promising practices highlighting the key insights and implications for capacity building in Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector; this content may be shared publically.
  • review engagement report, prepared by a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Alberta and accompanying financial statement relating to the completed project.
  • summary report that includes a description of the communication opportunities provided for the Government of Alberta.

Funding in Year 3 is dependent upon submission of the Year 2 Reports, updated budget, and evidence of performance in meeting the objectives identified in the original application. The Year 3 Final Report templates will be available prior to the submission deadline.

Reports must be completed and submitted to program staff within 12 months from the signed agreement, unless an extension of the reporting date has been approved.


Grant recipients are required to attend an annual collaborative forum to:

  • provide updates
  • share key learnings, strategies and challenges
  • offer support for peer capacity building activities

For more details, read the ECAP Guidelines.