Local Municipal Initiatives

Municipalities can apply for funding for priority local transportation infrastructure projects.

Important dates

Application status: Open until November 30 for funding in the following year


Local Municipal Initiatives (LMI) is one of 4 funding streams of the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP). It provides funding to municipalities for local priority transportation infrastructure projects that are not eligible for support under STIP’s other streams.


Funding is determined each budget cycle. Private sector contractors and suppliers must be used to carry out all work.

The level of cost-sharing for provincial and municipal contributions varies based on project scoring.


Proposed projects are reviewed to ensure they meet program criteria. Projects are then rated on a provincewide, competitive basis and evaluated on:

  • basic need
  • safety
  • functionality
  • impacts on the overall transportation network
  • the current condition of the infrastructure
  • total traffic volumes
  • truck traffic volumes
  • cost effectiveness and efficiency
  • collaboration or partnership with industry or other municipalities
  • economic, social, environmental or innovation benefits
  • use of alternate sources to fund the project (federal or private investment)

Eligible applicants

The following are eligible to apply:

  • towns
  • villages
  • summer villages
  • counties
  • specialized municipalities outside the defined urban service area
  • municipal districts
  • the special areas
  • Metis Settlements

Ineligible entities

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • cities
  • private organizations
  • non-government agencies
  • charitable societies
  • non-government operating authorities

Eligible projects

The following local transportation infrastructure projects are eligible for this grant:

  • projects that align with the Government of Alberta’s economic, social, environmental and innovation priorities and are not eligible for funding under the other STIP components
  • preference will be given to projects that are joint provincial/municipal priorities
  • examples include:
    • highway de-designations where ownership/maintenance/responsibility of a provincial highway is transferred from the Government of Alberta to a municipal government
    • park access road paving
    • emergent, special-need municipal transportation projects that address significant local or regional pressures

Ineligible costs

This grant will not cover the following costs:

  • operating costs or normal maintenance
  • equipment
  • administrative activities
  • GST
  • financing expenses
  • land acquisition
  • fencing
  • legal fees

How to apply

Step 1. Read the guidelines

Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program Guidelines

Step 2. Complete the application package

Include the following documents in your application package:

  • cover letter
  • basic Information
  • project benefits
  • project information

See guidelines for details on the document requirements.

Step 3. Submit the application package

Applications may be submitted:

Municipalities must advise their regional office of online submissions.

Find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Transportation Regions list.

After you apply

Applicants will be notified in writing about the status of their application.


Municipalities must provide a final report which summarizes expenditures for all approved projects and includes:

  • final payment claim
  • copies of all invoices
  • construction completion certificate
  • photos of the completed project
  • the project’s return on investment, including measurement of the impact of the investment on regional economic growth, job creation numbers, improved safety and access, increased functionality of the facility, and other benefits

Grant recipients

Local Municipal Initiatives grants to municipalities


For more information about the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program, find your region by checking the Municipalities, Locations and Corresponding Transportation Regions list, then contact your local Regional Office.