Funding for seniors organizations and communities
Funding for seniors’ organizations and municipalities is available from a variety of sources, including through grants and fundraising.
Grants are available to assist with operational costs, recreational programs, historical preservation activities and community recognition or events.
Family and Community Support Services
Family and Community Support Services promotes and enhances well-being among individuals, families and communities.
Funding is allocated locally to best meet the needs of the community and its residents, and is provided by a partnership between the province, and a municipality or Métis settlement.
Municipal Sustainability Initiative
The Municipal Sustainability Initiative helps support local infrastructure priorities and builds strong, safe and resilient communities.
Housing providers can get funding to build, renew or maintain housing for seniors, families with low income and groups with special needs.
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
The Alberta Foundation for the Arts supports artistic programming by non-profit organizations through project-based or community operating funding.
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation provides matching grants to individuals and organizations for heritage initiatives, including restoration of historical buildings as well as publications, research and heritage awareness projects.
Alberta Sport Connection funds and supports hundreds of events, programs and services. It contributes to more than 80 provincial sport organizations who are responsible for delivering programs and services to more than 800,000 Albertans.
Basic municipal transportation grants
The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant program provides annual, allocation-based support to Alberta municipalities for their capital transportation infrastructure requirements.
Examples of eligible capital projects include construction and rehabilitation of:
- local and regional roads, streets and municipal bridges
- municipally owned infrastructure for transit systems including LRT lines and stations, bus terminals and transit passenger vehicles
Community Facility Enhancement Program
The Community Facility Enhancement Program provides funding to purchase, build, renovate or upgrade public-use community facilities.
Community Initiatives Program
The Community Initiatives Program provides funding to support initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta under 4 distinct funding streams:
Green Transit Incentives Program – Green TRIP
The Green Transit Incentives Program for capital funding supports new public transit projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced traffic congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.
Eligible initiatives include the development of local, regional and intercity public transit projects.
Municipal Grants Web Portal
The Municipal Grants Web Portal provides information on available provincial grant programs supporting municipalities. Each grant program page includes eligibility requirements, guidelines and application forms.
Regional Collaboration Program
The Regional Collaboration Program supports strategic activities that improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities through regional collaboration and capacity building.
Eligible projects include:
- the development of intermunicipal partnerships through shared administration and integrated growth management plans
- transitional costs associated with the shared delivery of municipal services
- internship program costs
Seniors’ Week Co-host
Each year the Government of Alberta provides funding for an organization or community to co-host the Provincial Launch of Seniors’ Week.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides grants or contributes funding for projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.
Enabling Accessibility Fund
The Enabling Accessibility Fund provides funding for eligible capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces. It aims to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in community activities, programs and services, or access employment opportunities.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation provides seed funding to help cover some of the soft costs associated with affordable housing projects.
It also maintains the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund which encourages new funding models and innovative building techniques in the affordable housing sector.
Other organizations may provide funding to non-profit organizations that support programs which promote health and wellbeing or offer a social service. Check your telephone directory or search online to identify organizations that may have funding available for seniors’ organizations.
Eligible charitable organizations may also wish to consider fundraising activities. Information on fundraising options, licensing requirements and forms can be found on the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission website.