Alberta’s government is investing an additional $6 million through the fund to help address challenges Albertans are facing in the wake of the pandemic, including homelessness, unemployment, domestic violence and sexual violence. Funding is intended to help civil society transform how community organizations function, innovate and work together to address pressing social challenges.

“As Alberta continues to see strong economic recovery, we want to ensure all Albertans are able to participate. This funding will help civil society organizations support Albertans in getting back on their feet, rejoining the workforce and participating and contributing in their communities.”

Jason Luan, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Investments like those made through the Civil Society Fund provide vital support to increase the impact of Alberta's non-profits. With support from this fund, CCVO is developing a new virtual home to connect job seekers, business and non-profits to build the prosperity of Alberta's communities.”

Karen Ball, president and CEO, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

Any eligible Alberta organization with an innovative project supporting social recovery or increasing economic participation for Albertans is encouraged to apply. Information on how to submit a funding application is available on The application deadline is Sept. 2.

The Civil Society Fund is part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to harness the power of civil society post-pandemic. The $20-million fund is intended to leverage the existing strengths of civil society to better address social problems and improve supports for Albertans.

Quick facts

  • The Civil Society Fund provides $20 million over three years for projects that build civil society’s capacity to address pressing social challenges.
  • Eligible applicants include registered non-profit organizations (including post-secondary institutions), First Nations and Metis Settlements. Other organizations may be project partners.
  • In Year 1, the government received 489 applications and 21 projects totalling $7 million were approved.
  • In Year 2, the government received 295 applications and 37 projects totalling $7 million were approved.