Status of Women Community Grant Program - Innovation

Apply for funding for mentoring or a project that supports existing processes to improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta.

Status: The application period for 2017-2018 grants is now closed.


The Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program helps not-for-profit and charitable organizations fund projects that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta through two streams: Innovation and Enhancement.

The Innovation Stream provides up to $50,000 per organization to:

  • expand their geographic or sector reach
  • introduce successful initiatives in other areas of Alberta
  • support organizations to mentor developing organizations in a best practice, program or service delivery

The project should lead to:

  • knowledge-sharing in the community and within the organization
  • share how the results of the project will advance gender equality in Alberta
  • relate to at least one of Status of Women’s three priority areas

For more information, read the Status of Women Community Grant Program - Innovation Guideline (PDF, 262 KB).


The Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program and all associated forms, guidelines and processes are subject to review and can change.


There are 2 eligible categories for application within the Innovation Stream.

Eligible Projects Max. Funding (per project year) Max. Time to Complete Grant Activities Evaluation Documents Due
Innovation - Project $50,000 12 months from date of signing Grant Agreement

4 months after project concludes

Innovation - Mentoring Project $50,000 12 months from date of signing Grant Agreement

4 months after project concludes

Innovation – Project

Organizations can expand the geographic and/or sector reach of a program or service they currently offer. The expansion should:

  • be in Alberta
  • contribute to advancing gender equality in the province
  • relate to at least one of the three Status of Women priority areas

Innovation Mentoring Project

Collaborative organizations can mentor the primary applicant (mentee) in a best practice, program or service delivery. The mentoring relationship should give the mentee the required training and support to implement the program, and should allow the organizations to expand its program reach or capability.

Eligible organizations

Organizations must meet the following criteria to apply for a Status of Women grant.

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with at least one partner on initiatives. One organization must take the lead in submitting the application and subsequently, managing any funds. This organization will be the "Primary Organization." Any partnering organization is the "Collaborative Organization."

Who can be an eligible primary organization

  • Registered charities and registered not-for-profit organizations
  • Community-based coalitions and networks (name an incorporated fiscal agent in the application)

Who can be an eligible collaborative organization

  • Registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, government, community-based coalitions, networks and educational organizations that work directly with the primary organization
  • Organizations, groups or entities that would not qualify to apply on their own
  • collaborative organizations do not need to be a registered charity or not-for-profit organization


Primary Organization

  • leads planning of the project scope, timeline and deliverables
  • should lead project co-ordination
  • will receive all distributed funds
  • will be accountable for all project deliverables and reporting requirements

Financial gain should not be the primary benefit of any Primary Organization.

Collaborative/Mentor Organization

The collaborative/mentor organization will help to plan the scope, timeline and deliverables of the project.

Financial gain should not be the primary benefit of any collaborative organization.

Both organizations

Both organizations actively implement the project.

The primary organization cannot charge an administration fee and pass the remainder of the grant money to the collaborative organization to implement on its own.

Eligible projects

The focus must be on one or more of the three Status of Women priority areas:

  • Increasing women’s economic security (including, but not limited to):
    • help women across the province to build and expand successful businesses
    • increase access to childcare and/or support of childcare workers
    • reduce barriers to women’s full participation in the labour market
    • address women’s unique experience in poverty
  • Increasing women in leadership and democratic participation (including, but not limited to):
    • encourage more women to run for office or be active in politics
    • develop and support diversity and inclusion initiatives at work
    • reduce the barriers that curb women and girls’ full participation in leadership positions
  • Preventing and responding to gender-based violence (including, but not limited to):
    • sexual violence
    • violence against Indigenous and immigrant women and girls and LGBTQ2S people

Projects must meet the designated time frames:

  • funds must be spent within 12 months of release
  • when applicable, midterm reporting must be completed six months after receipt of funds
  • all reporting requirements must be submitted 4 months after the project concludes

The funding must be used for at least one of the following:

  • to expand an organization’s geographic or sector reach
  • to introduce a best practice program or service to another location
  • to mentor another related organization to expand its reach or implement a best practice program or service

Applicants must demonstrate how the project or mentoring project:

  • supports knowledge-sharing in the community and within the organization
  • advances gender equality in Alberta
  • relates to at least one of the three priority areas of Status of Women

Ineligible projects

  • research projects
  • activities related to political parties or lobby groups
  • retroactive financial support for activities that have already been completed
  • projects that create a long-term funding dependency
  • duplicated or replacement programs or services already provided by the Government of Alberta
  • funding to cover capital expenditures
  • providing capital (loans or investment capital) for business enterprises

Eligible expenses

  • food
  • marketing
  • child care
  • travel costs (expenses must fit adhere to the Government of Alberta Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Policy (PDF, 342 KB))
  • insurance costs (as directly related to organizing the conferences, trainings or events)
  • venue rental
  • AV rental
  • speaker fees
  • evaluation fee
  • printing of materials
  • salaries of staff working on the project
  • translation expenses

Ineligible expenses

  • core operating costs (indirect staff salaries and wages, general operations, fundraising)
  • board member honoraria
  • capital-related purchases (printers, office equipment, etc.)
  • rent or mortgage payments
  • facilities operations and maintenance
  • connectivity infrastructure (Points of Presence, fibre optics, transfer stations and satellite dishes)
  • information technology hardware not directly related to the project
  • software development (developing new, custom software instead of using off-the-shelf products)
  • specialized equipment for individual students (wheelchairs, ramps, hearing/vision devices and equipment)
  • long-term salaries and benefits for staff on the program or project team
  • alcohol
  • grant writing fees
  • travel assistance for government, municipal, for-profit or educational institution staff

To determine whether an estimated expenditure is eligible, please contact Status of Women at before submitting your application.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted by:
780-644-1225 (fax)

mail, or in person at the Status of Women offices located at:

5th floor, Oxbridge Place
9820 – 106th Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2J6

All sections of the application must be completed with information about organizing any conferences, trainings or events including:

  • project information, including timelines
  • capacity of Primary Organization
  • funding overview and budget
  • accessibility
  • project impact, including projected outcomes, evaluation plan, and performance measures

The application must also include the following:

  • application signed by organization's authorized representative (e-signature permitted). The primary applicant represents and warrants that the person signing is duly authorized to make the application and is legally sufficient to bind the primary applicant to the agreement.
  • application must be signed by board treasurer or other authorized representative of the board
  • audited or board approved financial statements from the previous two fiscal years
  • list of board members included length of tenure on board
  • one letter of recommendation from other community organizations, institutions or agencies in support of the applicant. This letter cannot be from a Government of Alberta department, agency or board
  • letter(s) of agreement from collaborating partner organization(s), if relevant

Step 1. Review the Grant Agreement Template

The Grant Agreement Template is an example of the terms and conditions that will be attached to the funding received.

Grant Agreement Template (PDF, 262 KB)

Step 2. Gather your applicant information

All applications must include the following information:

  • a Charitable Registration Number for registered Canada Revenue Agency charities
    a business number for registered non-profit organizations
  • the most recent and prior year audited or board-approved financial statements
  • a list of current board of directors for the organization and their length of tenure

Both the primary organization executive director and the board treasurer (or designated other board member) must sign the application form. E-signatures are acceptable. The primary applicant represents that the person(s) signing the application are duly authorized to make the application and are legally sufficient to bind the primary applicant to the agreement.

Step 3. Provide budget information

Provide detailed budget information outlining the expense types and estimated costs. Indicate the amount contributed by Status of Women, and, if applicable, the amount that the primary, collaborative and/or mentee organization will contribute. Also identify any other sources that will contribute to the initiative.

Review the eligible expenses before filling out this information.

Innovation stream example

Budget Estimate SW Contribution ($) Primary/Mentee Contribution ($) Collaborator/Mentor Organization (Optional) ($) Total ($)
Staff Salaries & Wages 10,000 225 225 10,450
Meeting Facility Rental 2,000   5,000 7,000
Marketing 2,000   0 2,000
Travel & Accomodations   3,000 3,000 3,000
Training 1,500   0 1,500
Printing & Supplies        
Total estimated expenses 15,500 3,225   23,950

Step 4. Fill out the application

Fill out the correct application for your project.

Grant Application - Innovation Projects (PDF, 154 KB)

Step 5. Submit your application and information

You can submit your application and information by email, mail or in-person.
780-644-1225 (fax)

Mail or in-person:

5th floor south, Oxbridge Place
9820-106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2J6

After you apply

Within 48 hours of submitting your application, Status of Women will send you confirmation that it has been received.

If your application is successful, you will need to fulfil the grant conditions and then submit a final report package after your project is complete.

Successful applicants will receive notification in 4 months.

Grant assessment

All applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

A) Project Information
The extent to which any proposed conference, training or event aligns with Status of Women’s three priority areas, responds to a demonstrated need in Alberta, and would achieve the intended impact. The proposal should demonstrate how the financial support from Status of Women would lead to increased capacity for the purpose of improving gender equality in Alberta.

B) Capacity of primary organization
Applications will be evaluated on the primary organization’s ability to successfully organize and implement the proposed conference, training or event. The following factors are considered:

  • track record of successful project implementation
  • subject matter knowledge
  • governance structure
  • financial and administrative stability
  • ability to form lasting partnerships and collaborations

C) Funding Overview and Budget

D) Accessibility

  • the project is accessible to all interested parties and deploys an intersectional approach, for example by using a Gender Based Analysis Plus approach
  • a clear description of the criteria used to determine accessibility is provided with rationale: for example, eligibility for funding assistance is for registration and the criteria other fees is based on fair and transparent criteria through a sliding scale subsidy based on reported income

E) Project Impact

  • the application contains a clear description of the evaluation plan and includes measurable outputs and outcomes
  • the evaluation plan identifies the timeline and method for measuring outputs and outcomes
  • The application includes information on how the knowledge gained will be shared internally and externally in the community.

Following the application assessment, funding recommendations will be provided to the Minister of Status of Women for final decision. Funding recommendations may be for less than the requested grant amount and for a different term than requested by the applicant.

All decisions on grant applications are final, and no appeals will be considered

Grant conditions

Grant recipients must sign the Grant Agreement before the funds will be released.

Grant funds use

Grants must be used for the purposes described in the application as approved by Status of Women. Grant recipients must return the funds if the project cannot be completed as proposed.

If grant recipients do not receive the full grant amount requested, the grant recipients are still required to complete the project as proposed.

Financial records

Status of Women, or an authorized ministry representative, may examine a grant recipient's financial and other records to ensure the grant has been used for its intended purpose.

Unused funds

Grant recipients have 4 months to return unused portions of the grant to Status of Women after the one-year term is completed. Grant recipients must also return funds if reporting requirements are not met.

Changes and extensions

If a grant is to be used for any other purpose, including changes in the outcomes or location, Status of Women may require the recipient to return all of the grant funds unless the change is:

  • submitted in writing
  • approved by Status of Women before the change is made

Grant recipients who need an extension for any reason must submit a written response before the end of the project time frame. Status of Women may consider one extension per grant.

Acknowledgment Standards

Recipients of grant funds are encouraged to acknowledge the Government of Alberta wherever possible and appropriate.

The Government of Alberta logo is available upon request through and recognition of funding can be achieved in a variety of ways:

  • news release or submitted article to local/regional media
  • social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and blog postings
  • organization's website and newsletter
  • recognition on social media
  • signage at events or offices, either temporary or permanent
  • Status of Women speaking opportunities

Reporting requirements

All projects need a midterm report 6 months after the funds were received.

All grant recipients must submit a final report package within four months  of completing the project to demonstrate that grant funds were spent on the activities described in the application, and that the proposed activities were completed.

Status of Women will provide a formal Final Report Package template to successful applicants.

The final report package will include:

  • using the template provided, a financial report for the maximum of $25,000, that shows the actual amount of grant proceeds expended and signed by the executive director of the organization and the treasurer of the board of directors. If the organization has formally reviewed or audited financial statements, financial statements accompanied by a schedule confirming the grant proceeds were used solely for the project and shows the actual amount of grant proceeds expended are required.

Outcomes reporting form, which captures:

  • project outcomes
  • knowledge and knowledge-sharing summary
  • success stories to share in Status of Women communications materials

Contact Status of Women

If you have any questions about the Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program, application or process, contact us.