Opioid public awareness grants for communities

Funding to help community organizations raise awareness and educate Albertans about the opioid crisis.

Status: Application period closed Dec 22
Ministry responsible: Health


We want your help and expertise in raising awareness and communicating with Albertans about the opioid crisis. We are providing grants for communities and organizations to do this.

Opioids cause an alarming and growing number of emergency department visits and deaths in Alberta. They impact Albertans from all walks of life and harm families and communities of all kinds.

That’s why the Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission was formed. It’s made up of a diverse group of experts to help guide Alberta’s response to the opioid crisis. We’re acting on its recommendation to fund public awareness-focused community initiatives focused on the opioid crisis.

This grant program aims to fund organizations working in communities of all kinds to address the opioid crisis. To better meet these goals, projects need to:

  • engage one or more groups associated with opioid and/or fentanyl crisis
  • include or consult with people who have lived experience with the opioid crisis in project design and/or educational products
  • reflect the harm reduction and anti-stigma stance supported by the Government of Alberta
  • use unique and creative approaches

Grant collaborators

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organizations to leverage all potential resourcing options, whether monetary or in-kind.

All funding sources must be disclosed in the application.


A total of $500,000 is available in the Alberta Opioid Response Public Awareness Grants for Communities.

We recognize that different communities and organizations have different needs, so funding falls into 3 different categories:

  • Tier 1: less than $10,000
  • Tier 2: $10,000 - $50,000
  • Tier 3: $50,000-$100,000

The grant may cover up to 100% of approved project-specific costs.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants must be a legal entity registered in Alberta. Examples include:

  • corporations
  • community organizations
  • charities
  • societies
  • non-profit companies or organizations
  • municipalities
  • churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship
  • schools and other educational institutions
  • First Nations
  • Métis settlements
  • unions or business associations

Groups that are not legal entities can collaborate with legal entities.

Eligible expenses

Examples include:

  • project design and delivery
    • materials and supplies for demonstrations and/or product development (excluding equipment purchase)
    • venue costs
    • general supplies
    • communication and distribution
    • translation services
  • wages and labour
    • project-specific salary or wage costs
    • contract and professional services

Ineligible expenses

Examples include:

  • any cost not tied directly to project design and delivery
  • incentives or rebates
  • equipment purchase and capital costs
  • monthly telephone connections or rental costs
  • costs to insure equipment
  • others deemed ineligible at time of application
  • travel not directly related to the delivery of the project
  • training and professional development

How to apply

The grant application period closed Dec 22.

After you apply

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Does the project specifically target a population demographic or geographic area?
  • How is the proposed awareness or communication project creative and unique?
  • Does it show engagement of people who have lived experience with opioids?
  • Are outcomes and deliverables well thought out, realistic, and clear?
  • Does it achieve with the goals of reducing harm and stigma?

Successful applicants will be notified on or after Jan. 16, 2018.

Reporting requirements

Each grant recipient will enter into an agreement with the Government of Alberta that specifies deliverables and project requirements.

Grant agreements will incorporate a grant reporting and payment schedule specific to each recipient to define:

  • milestones
  • reporting timelines
  • payment amounts and dates

Recipients must submit a final financial and project report within sixty (60) days of the expiry of the grant.

Contact the grant manager

Questions about the grant and the application process should be directed to:

Opioid Public Awareness Grants team