Important dates

There are no deadline dates for OIP. Applications can be received throughout the year.

Projects must be completed within 18 months from the start of the term of the grant agreement.


The Other Initiatives Program (OIP) provides financial assistance for community-based projects that fall outside the scope of other Community Grants funding streams. This includes one-time projects, international disaster relief and projects that are emergency or urgent in nature.
Support through OIP is intended to achieve the following broad outcomes:

  • support community driven goals that have a public benefit
  • stimulate economic activity across the province

You must contact program staff prior to submitting an application to OIP.

OIP is not a replacement or extension of other grant programs.

For more information, read the OIP Guidelines (DOC, 93 KB).


There is no minimum or maximum funding that can be requested through OIP. The level of funding granted is based on need or the community benefit of the project and is subject to available resources.

Successful grant applicants are required to enter into a formal grant agreement.

OIP does not require matching funds.

Applicants cannot request ongoing operational or multi-year funding for a project.

Organizations can receive funding for only one project through OIP per fiscal year.


Eligible organizations

The following organizations and community non-profit organizations can apply for this program:

a registered community non-profit organization in Alberta (and in good standing) under one of these Acts:

  • Societies Act
  • Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Actwith a registration in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act*
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
  • Part 9 of the Companies Act, (Nonprofit Companies)
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • First Nations or Métis Settlements
  • foundations established and regulated under Alberta’s Regional Health Authorities Act
  • universities, colleges or institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-Secondary Learning Act

Organizations must have an Alberta address which is regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

Ineligible organizations

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under OIP:

  • 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 and Tourism
  • individuals

Eligible projects

Projects eligible for funding through OIP include:

  • one-time projects or events that fall outside the criteria of other Community Grants programs
  • national and international projects (such as disaster relief)
  • projects that are in response to emergencies or urgent in nature

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not eligible for funding through OIP:

  • projects that have already been started prior to applying for OIP (retroactive)
  • debt reduction
  • operational costs
  • fundraising events and related fundraising initiatives

How to apply

Step 1. Contact program staff

You must contact program staff prior to submitting an application to OIP.

Phone: 780-422-9598 (Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-800-642-3855

Step 2. Fill out the application package

Keep a complete copy of your application as you may be contacted if further information or clarification is required.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Application packages can be emailed to or mailed to:

Other Initiatives Program
Alberta Culture and Tourism
Suite 212, 17205 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5S 1M7

After you apply

The review and decision-making process takes approximately 3 months. Notification of funding will vary depending on when the program area reviews the application. You will receive written notification of the decision regarding your application. All decisions on grant applications are final, and no appeals will be considered.

Specific terms and conditions of the grant are provided once approved.

Reporting and conditions

You will need to submit reporting and documentation as per signed formal grant agreement.

OIP Accounting Requirements sample (DOC, 66 KB)

Previous grant recipients

You can find previous grant recipients in the Previous Grant Recipients Database.


To connect with the Community Grants office:

Phone: 780-422-9598
Toll free: 1-800-642-3855