COVID-19 response

While the Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program (ECAP) is not specifically intended to provide COVID-19 relief, the Government of Alberta recognizes the importance of supporting non-profit/voluntary sector capacity building organizations in this time of disaster response. Therefore, the government has made it a priority to launch the next cycle of ECAP in order to provide operational support to eligible capacity building organizations during this critical time.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

Important dates

The application period for the 2020-23 multi-year funding cycle is now open.

The application deadline to determine program eligibility is June 5, 2020.

Eligible organizations will receive information from program staff regarding the next stages in the application process.

Overview

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*

*Programs and services provided by eligible organizations must be intended for any non-profit/voluntary sector organization in the community, and may be offered at a local, regional and/or provincial scale.

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 5 areas of focus:

  • Strategic Leadership Capacity
  • Adaptive Capacity
  • Management Capacity
  • Operational/Technical Capacity
  • Systems Capacity

For more details, read the ECAP Guidelines.

Funding

Designed to meet the unique needs of diverse capacity building non-profit organizations, the ECAP provides 2 levels of funding:

  • Core funding of up to $75,000 annually
  • Enhanced Capacity Building funding of up to $150,000 annually

Core funding

Supports internal capacity building and invests in the operations and administration of an organization to further its mission. Funding is determined based on meeting eligibility requirements and the internal capacity building outcomes identified within 4 of the capacity building areas of focus outlined above (excluding Systems Capacity).

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

Enhanced Capacity Building funding

Supports external capacity building and invests in a broad range of activities designed to build the capacity of other non-profit organizations and the sector as a whole. Funding is determined based on the breadth and impact of the organization’s external capacity building outcomes as identified from all 5 capacity building areas of focus outlined above.

Eligibility

Eligibility notice

The ECAP exists to support non-profit organizations that have a primary mandate and proven ability to support the non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole.

In order to be eligible, your organization must exist to build the capacity of other non-profit/voluntary sector organizations, and programs and services must be intended for any non-profit organization in your community.

Read the detailed eligibility criteria below or in the ECAP Guidelines, or phone the program office at 780-638-3500 for clarification before applying.

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
  • the ability to demonstrate:
    • proven ability to deliver on its mandate
    • sufficient community support for its mandate, which includes ongoing financial support from a range of sources
    • broad accessibility and use of programs and services
  • 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*
      *must have 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 ECAP is intended to support organizations with a primary mandate to build the capacity of other non-profit organizations and strengthen the sector as a whole. Therefore, the following are not eligible for funding under the ECAP:

  • organizations that provide direct service to Albertans, as their primary mandate
  • organizations that provide funding to other non-profit organizations, as their primary mandate
  • organizations that provide capacity building support to a subsector of the non-profit/voluntary sector, as their primary mandate (for example, social services, arts and culture, sport, environment etc.)
  • organizations that provide capacity building support to a specific demographic, as their primary mandate (for example, youth, seniors, newcomers, multicultural communities etc.)
  • 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 the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Operating or CIP Project-based (non-capital) at the time they intend to apply to the ECAP
  • individuals

Eligible expenses

The ECAP provides ongoing operational funding for the following eligible expenses:

  • human resources
  • training
  • sector services
  • office operations
  • advertising, public awareness and marketing
  • communications
  • travel and meetings
  • small capital purchases (for example, office equipment and furnishings)
  • community engagements
  • workshops and conferences
  • sector research
  • evaluation
  • advocacy
  • costs related to participation in the ECAP
  • other ongoing operating pressures as identified by the applicant

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

Step 1. Fill out an application package to determine program eligibility

Step 2. Submit the application package

The application package can be emailed to [email protected]. If, due to COVID-19, your organization’s current working arrangements don’t allow you to access the application form, or to submit a signed electronic copy, please contact the ECAP staff.

Eligible organizations will receive information from program staff regarding the next stages in the application process.

After you apply

Organizations will be notified by July 2020 with the results of their program eligibility assessment.

All decisions are final and no appeals will be considered.

Reporting and conditions

Reporting

Funds must be spent and reporting must be completed and submitted to program staff as required. Reporting requirements must be satisfied as per timelines specified by the program office, unless an extension for a reporting date is approved.

Reporting requirements include:

  • financial reporting, along with measureable evidence of progress towards outcomes (reporting may be shared publicly)
  • an audited financial statement, or a review engagement report, prepared by a certified public accountant licensed to practice in Alberta
  • a summary report that includes a description of the communication opportunities provided for the Government of Alberta

Ongoing funding is dependent upon submission of reporting requirements, including an updated budget, and evidence of performance in meeting the objectives identified in the original application.

Reporting templates will be provided to grant recipients as required.

Conditions

Grant recipients must sign a formal grant agreement with the Ministry of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women that outlines the terms and conditions of the grant funding, prior to funding being released.

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

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

Grant recipients must also attend online quarterly check-in meetings and any other convening scheduled during the grant cycle.

For more details, read the ECAP Guidelines.

Multiple applications

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1 to March 31). Funding through the ECAP is considered non-capital.

  • Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any of the CIP grant streams (Project-Based, Operating, or Major Cultural and Sport Events).
  • Capital grant requests can be accessed under the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) and capital equipment grant requests can be accessed through CIP Project-Based.

Contact

Email: [email protected]