This program has been reviewed and cancelled as part of Budget 2019: A plan for jobs and the economy and is not accepting applications.


The Urban Initiatives Program (UIP) encourages collaboration among governments, Indigenous communities and the private / not-for-profit sectors to address the needs of the growing urban Indigenous population.

Currently, about 40% of Alberta’s Indigenous people live in the province’s 6 largest urban centres, creating unique opportunities and challenges for communities and governments.


The UIP complements other funding programs and is not intended to replace / duplicate other sources of funding that may be available. If applicable, Indigenous Relations will inform applicants if the project is better suited under other government programs or funding agencies.

The amount of funding awarded is based on project details as there is no minimum or maximum grant amount.


Potential recipients are:

  • registered not-for-profit organizations
  • municipal governments
  • Indigenous governments
  • for-profit enterprises in instances where funds received do not contribute to a profit for the enterprise

How to apply

Step 1. Complete the application package

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To begin, fill out the Urban Initiatives Program (UIP) grant application form clearly and concisely.

Step 2. Submit the application package

In addition to the application form, also include the following supporting documents:

  • letters of support
  • project timeline(s)
  • detailed budget
  • application signed by an authorized representative

Applications can be submitted by email or fax to initiate the review process. However, Indigenous Relations requires applicants to provide the original, signed applications by mail or in person.

After you apply

Projects will be evaluated / assessed on how they contribute to and attempt to achieve outcomes for 3 main priority areas:

  • transitional supports for urban Indigenous people
  • increasing organizational capacity to address the needs of urban Indigenous peoples
  • increasing urban Indigenous community cohesiveness through community development and engagement initiatives


All projects will be evaluated upon completion:

  • project outcomes which measure the results achieved
  • final technical reports
  • accounting of expenditures


Connect with staff of Alberta Indigenous Relations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-9414
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019

Mail / Reception / Courier:

Alberta Indigenous Relations
233 Block C, Terrace Building
9515 107 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2C1