There are 2 types of grant programs available to municipalities:

  • project-specific grants: one-time funding based on project cost
  • allocation-based grants: annual grants based on criteria such as population, road length and other municipal information

Municipalities may want to use more than one type of provincial grant program to fund a single project. This is known as grant stacking, and are subject to specific conditions.


The proposed project should be approved for project-specific grant funding before using allocation-based funding. This includes additional approvals, reporting, applications, as well as cost-sharing requirements or limits.

Projects seeking funding from a project-specific grant should wait until that funding is approved before using allocation-based funding, as project specific grants are generally competitive and approval is not assured.

For example, if a town wants to build a water treatment plant with funding from the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) and wants to use a Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant to cover the municipal cost-share of the project, it must first obtain approval for the AMWWP funding. Once approved, it can then apply for funding through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative.


The document below outlines grant stacking opportunities available to municipalities regarding provincially administered municipal grant programs. This document is meant to be a high level summary of stacking opportunities. Please contact program staff for specific details on program requirements.

Grant Stacking Opportunities (PDF, 392 KB)