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100 Golden Grant Rules

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Feb. 19, 2024


People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” — Zig Ziglar

Government Fiscal Year-End Date Approaching

Hi Everyone,

Below are a number of grant deadlines, grant events, and business awards.


  1. The deadline is approaching to submit your training grant for the 17th of April Advanced Grant Writing course. I’ll help you apply; you can email me here.
  2. Hosted by Alberta Municipalities, I had the privilege of being on a panel for Meeting Grant Agencies. Two agencies presented. A helpful exchange starts at 37:41.
  3. A web and mobile friendly version of the Gazette is coming. I think you are going to like it.


Have a great week,

David Kincade, MA

1. Agriculture

Emerging Opportunities Program provides maximum grant funding to a project up to $2,000,000 funding.

Innovation Booster provides up to 50% of total eligible project costs to advance your food innovation and research outcomes. Winter Intake #2 until March 14, 2024.

Dairy Direct Payment Program: $300 million will be made available up to March 31, 2024 in the form of direct payments to eligible supply-managed cow’s milk producers. Application is now open.

Farm Technology Program and Efficient Grain Handling Program: Eligible expenses will be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant. Programming will resume in April 2024, under Year 2 of Sustainable CAP. 

Alberta Agricultural Societies Program: A new intake period is anticipated for the 2024-25 fiscal year, which will start after April 1, 2024.

African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program: Prevention and Preparedness Stream: access up to $1M funding. Deadline: November 30, 2024.

African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program: Welfare Slaughter and Disposal Stream: access up to $1M funding. Deadline: November 30, 2024.

Food Innovation Challenge – Cultivating a resilient food future: Developing the end-to-end Cellular Food capacity for Canadian global leadership. May open in 2025. 

AgriAssurance Program – National Industry Association Component: AAFC will contribute up to $1 million grant per year. Application is ongoing until September 30, 2027; however, the application period may close sooner if funding has been fully committed.

AgriAssurance Program – Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Component: AAFC contribution toward a project up to $50,000. Application is ongoing until September 30, 2027; however, the application period may close sooner if funding has been fully committed.

AgriInnovate Program: funding up to $5,000,000. Applications is ongoing until the end of the program on March 31, 2028, or until funding has been fully committed.

Agricultural Clean Technology Program: Program funding for the Research and Innovation Stream is $50 million. Program ends March 31, 2028.

Supply Management Processing Investment Fund contributes up to $5 million in non-repayable contribution to an organization over the life of the program until March 31, 2028.

2. Arts and Culture

Dance Individual Project Funding: This opportunity awards up to $15,000 for a specific dance project. Deadline: March 1, 2024.

Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding: access up to $15,000 grant to support your cultural or artistic projects. Deadline: March 1, 2024.

Post-Production, Visual Effects and Digital Animation Grant (PPG): Applications will be accepted until March 1 each year, or when all funds for the budget year have been allocated.

Short-Term Projects component of Creating, Knowing and Sharing: access up to $100,000 funding. Next Deadline: March 20, 2024.

Sector Innovation and Development component of Supporting Artistic Practice: access up to up to $50 000 per year. Next deadline: April 17, 2024.

Concept to Realization component of Explore and Create: access up to $100 000 (to a maximum of $300 000 over 3 years) funding. Deadline: April 17, 2024.

Collective Initiatives funds up to $200,000 per fiscal year for industry events. Period Four Deadline: May 1, 2024 for events occurring between September 1 – December 31, 2024.

Artists and Education Funding supports Alberta schools by subsidizing fees of professional Alberta artists of any artistic discipline. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Connections & Exchanges Initiatives program: invests in activity and work that connects applicant organizations with Edmonton’s artists and arts professionals. Deadline: May 1, 2024.

Magazine Publishers Operating Grant provides funding to help over operating and specific business development related expenses. The intake period is open from April 1 to June 1 annually.

The Events component of the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program provides funding to community-based events.

3. Employment | Varies

Green Jobs Internship program of Clean Foundation will subsidize up to 75 percent of an intern’s salary to a maximum of $30,000 for Indigenous youth. Applications open March 1, 2024. 

Odyssey – Language Assistant Program: Participants work 25 hours per week and receive a taxable salary of $27,000 for a nine-month work term. Deadline: March 12, 2024.

Alberta Advantage Immigration Program is launching a new immigration stream on March 1, 2024, to help the province’s tourism and hospitality industry address labour gaps and challenges.

ECO Canada’s Science Horizons Youth Internship: receive up to 80% wage coverage up to $25,000 of a candidate’s salary.

Environmental Jobs Growth Program: eligible employers receive up to $18,750 in wage funding. Application is open.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) helps you pay for expenses while you train as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade. Learn more.

FIRST (First Industrial Research, Science, or Technology) Jobs placement program: waitlist is currently open. Register now!

Cybersecurity Training and Work Integrated Learning Program: employers can access a wage subsidy up to $7,000.

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers paid postgraduate internships for one-year appointments. Learn more.

Career Launcher Apprenticeships: eligible employers can receive $10,000.

International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) offers Canadian youth to gain professional experience abroad in the field of international development. More internship opportunities are coming in 2024. 

Indigenous Employment Training Partnerships provides grant funding to assist Indigenous individuals to gain the necessary skills training and work experience.

4. Environment/CleanTech

ClimateWest has a total of $300,000 in funding available to support approved projects. Up to $50,000 may be awarded per project proposal. Deadline: February 20, 2024.

Energy Innovation Program – Carbon capture, utilization and storage RD&D Call – Utilization Focus Area is still open until February 23, 2024.

Disaster Recovery Program provides financial assistance for uninsurable loss and damage caused by emergencies and disasters. Deadline: February 26, 2024.   

Alberta Land Trust Grant Program helps establish and administer new conservation easements. Updates may be available in spring/summer 2024.

Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) Program: application is ongoing until Ongoing until June 30, 2024.

Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) seek to invest in projects that integrate technologies leading to greater energy efficiency and explore bioenergy carbon capture in forest sector operations. Ongoing until June 30, 2024.

Green Freight Program – Stream 1 is providing grant funding up to a maximum of $250,000 per Applicant towards Third-Party Fleet Energy Assessments and Truck/Trailer Equipment Retrofits.

Remote Area Heating Allowance (RAHA) program: currently scheduled to expire March 31, 2026. Rebates to Albertans of up to 25% of the cost of fuel

AMEP technology development trials funding is to expedite the commerciality of new technologies. grant is up to 100% of the cost. 

Alberta Petrochemicals Incentive Program provides grants to companies to attract investment in new or expanded market-driven petrochemical facilities.

Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program: still accepting applications under these streams: Biomass heating, district heating, and combined heat and power systems and Research, Development, and Demonstration projects.

5. Export

Boston and San Francisco digital health – Canadian Technology Accelerator. Deadline: February 28, 2024.

Boston and Cambridge tech and life sciences – Canadian Technology Accelerator. Deadline: February 28, 2024.

Taipei artificial intelligence (AI) for technology- Canadian Technology Accelerator. Deadline: February 28, 2024.

ASEAN Watertech – Canadian Technology Accelerator. Deadline: March 6, 2024.

Canada Brand is open to export-ready, registered Canadian business entities that have a role in producing, promoting or supporting Canadian agriculture, food or seafood products. 

Eurostars is the largest international funding program for SMEs seeking to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialization.

6. Indigenous

ClimateWest has a total of $300,000 in funding available to support approved projects. Up to $50,000 may be awarded per project proposal. Deadline: February 20, 2024.

Emergency Management Non-Structural Mitigation and Preparedness program: provides funding to build resiliency and prepare for natural hazards. Application is ongoing basis until the funds are exhausted or until March 31, 2024.

The Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative provides funding up to $100,000 for cultural or economic projects through two streams. Applications will re-open in April 2024. Stay tuned.

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program: Access to Capital: Indigenous entrepreneurs may receive up to $99,999 in funding assistance.

Circuit Rider Training Program: provides training and mentoring services to operators of First Nations drinking water and wastewater systems. Learn more.

Rupertsland Institute’s Apprenticeship Service Program (ASP) supports employers and inspiring trades workers by creating apprenticeship opportunities. Learn more.

Funding for Indigenous-led clean production capacity projects is still accepting applications until funding is no longer available. Apply now.

Band Support Funding helps First Nations with the costs of local government and with administering services. Learn more.

The Emergency management Assistance Program (EMAP) allows for the purchase of low-value equipment for emergency preparedness and mitigation projects. Apply here.

Community Opportunity Readiness: Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) provides funding up to $3 million for community economic infrastructure proposals. Learn more.

Health Facilities Program:  provide funding for infrastructure that supports the delivery of health-related programs and services.

7. Municipalities

ClimateWest has a total of $300,000 in funding available to support approved projects. Up to $50,000 may be awarded per project proposal. Deadline: February 20, 2024.

Energy Innovation Program – Carbon capture, utilization and storage RD&D Call – Utilization Focus Area is now open until February 23, 2024.

Community Energy Conservation (CEC) program will provide financial rebates to municipalities to help identify energy-saving opportunities and implement retrofit projects in municipally-owned facilities. Expected to launch in 2024.

Municipal Energy Managers Program will provide funding to offset an energy manager’s salary.  This program is anticipated to open in Spring 2024.

African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program: Welfare Slaughter and Disposal Stream: Application is open until November 30, 2024 or until funding has been exhausted.

African Swine Fever Industry Preparedness Program: Prevention and Preparedness Stream: provide up to $23.4 million over 2 years. Application is ongoing until November 30, 2024.

Zero Emission Transit Fund is now accepting applications for both the planning and capital funding streams. Apply now!

Rural Transit Solutions Fund of the Capital Projects stream: applicants can apply for a contribution of up to $5 million. Application is ongoing. 

Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) in the Prairie provinces: provides non-repayable contributions by reimbursing costs that successful applicants have paid.

FCM Green Municipal Fund has updated their funding. Check here

8. Non-Profit

ClimateWest has a total of $300,000 in funding available to support approved projects. Up to $50,000 may be awarded per project proposal. Deadline: February 20, 2024.

Canada Post Community Foundation: up to three (3) Signature Grants of $50,000 each can be awarded each year. DeadlineMarch 1, 2024.

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation’s Environmental Grants: to open mid-December for the 2024 intake.

Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Concept Development. Deadline: Window # 2: April 15, 2024.

CIP Project-Based grant provides funding to new community-based programs, initiatives, events and publications. Next deadline: May 15, 2024.

Community Facility Enhancement Program: access up to $1 million funding. Small Funding Stream: May 15, 2024; Large Funding Stream: June 15, 2024.

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions. Deadline: June 23, 2024.

Affordable Housing Partnership Program: apply for funding for innovative and sustainable affordable housing projects. Details on the next intake period will be available in spring 2024.

Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) in the Prairie provinces creates, grows and nurtures inclusive regional ecosystems that support companies to innovate, grow and compete.

Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) program generally provides non-repayable contributions by reimbursing costs that successful applicants have paid. 

Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program: The next multi-year funding cycle intake is anticipated for fall 2025. Learn more to help you prepare.

The Legal Aid Program provides contribution funding to the provinces and territories for the delivery of legal aid services for economically disadvantaged persons.

Child care – Space Creation Grant will help enable 42,500 total new non-profit licensed spaces to be created over the next 5 years.

9. Post Secondary | Varies

College and Community Innovation program: College and Community Social Innovation Fund grants: Receive up to $120,000 per year. Deadline: March 1, 2024.

Partnership Engage Grants: provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities with up to $25,000 funding. Next deadline: March 15, 2024.

Alliance International Quantum grants: Up to $25,000 for one year. Deadline: March 31, 2024.

Alliance Quantum grants – Call for proposals: Advancing the industrial readiness of quantum sensing technologies: up to $350,000 per year for the small- or medium-sized enterprise. Deadline: June 14, 2024.

Mitacs Elevate includes a research management training program and a postdoctoral fellowship. Your partner organization’s financial contribution starts at $30,000 per year.

NSERC Alliance Grants support research projects with up to $1 million per year for 5 years. Application is ongoing.

Summer Research Studentships: The award is meant to encourage students to consider pursuing formal training and a career in health research.

Applied Research and Development grants: funds up to $150,000 per year up to 3 years.

Bursary for Internationally Educated Nurses (BIEN): up to $30,000 bursary per learner. The application is first-come, first-served

10. Technology | Varies

Inventures 2024 Startup Pitch Event – Applications Now Open! Apply and have a chance to score $10,000 in funding! Deadline: March 15, 2024.

The Aqualunar Challenge is calling Canadian innovators to create innovative technologies for use on the Moon to purify lunar water. Deadline: April 8, 2024.

NRC IRAP provide provides funding to support research and development projects at various stages of the innovation cycle.

Alberta Broadband Fund – Stream 2 will support the most remote and hardest to connect households that will not benefit from other broadband expansion projects. Applications will open in 2024.

Scale AI’s Acceleration program: provides up to $50,000 to startup or SME focused on building applied AI products and services for supply chains. Learn more.

Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy to fund up to $375 million to ensure that Canadian researchers have the digital tools they need to support scientific excellence.

Strategic Innovation Fund supports large projects and national innovation ecosystems. Total investment leveraged – $67B.

Accelerate Fund: $23 million angel matching fund available for Alberta startups. Application is ongoing.

Product Demonstration Program provides up to $150,000 to Alberta tech companies who want to commercialize their products and achieve optimal market position. Learn more. 

The Boost Your Business Technology grant offers Canadian-owned SMEs support to adopt new technologies in order to increase competitiveness and resilience. Learn more.

The Bitumen Partial Upgrading program supports technologies that enhance the value of a processed barrel of bitumen while reducing associated emissions.

Alberta Digital Literacy Program: free, self-guided program available to anyone looking to build or improve their existing digital literacy skills.

11. Grant Events

Top 5 ways to boost profits in a slower economy. Date: February 21, 2024.

Learn how to receive up to $10,000 to hire a first-year apprentice! Date: February 22, 2024.

Explore agroecological practices, policies, and initiatives across the country and their contributions to resilience in our food systems. Date: February 27, 2024.

Smart Sustainable Tech Showcase: Date: February 29, 2024.

@Hack Student Hackathon – TECHNATION ( Date: March 2-3, 2024.

Alberta Energy Efficiency + Innovation Summit: Date: Calgary: April 23 & 24, 2024.

Virtual learning sessions for employers across Canada. Schedule varies.

Mitacs Training provides professional skills development courses. Check here their calendar to learn more about their monthly course offerings.


12. Business Award Deadlines

Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Final Deadline: February 23, 2024.

Made in Alberta Awards: One overall winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Deadline: February 29, 2024.

BioTalent Canada is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Catalyst Award for Top New Hire until March 1, 2024. 

Alberta Trades Hall of Fame: Nominate someone who has made significant contributions to the skilled trades or apprenticeship education. Deadline: March 1, 2022.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year: 2024 nominations will open on March 1, 2024.

Alberta Business Awards of Distinction: Nominations are open until March 6, 2024.

American Business Awards are the premier business awards program in the U.S.A.Late entry deadline: March 6, 2024.

Energy Star Canada Awards: Nomination Deadline: March 8, 2024.  

Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Awards: Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2024.

Nomination for RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards is now open. Deadline: March 22, 2024.

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program: Nomination Deadline: March 31 of each year.  

Nominate someone who has made a lasting impact in the skilled trades or apprenticeship education to the Alberta Trades Hall of Fame. Annual deadline: March 31.

PMI Professional Awards honors the people, PMOs, and project achievements. Nomination open through April 30, 2024.

Walter F. Snyder Award: Nominate a deserving candidate today! The next nomination deadline is May 1, 2024.

Nominations are open for the 2024 Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Deadline: May 3, 2024.

30 Under 30 Innovators: Submit a nomination now. Nominations submitted AFTER July 1 will be held for the following year.

Alberta Community Justice Awards: The nomination deadline for the 2024 awards will be announced soon.

Next Agriculture Hall of Fame nominations: Early 2024.

The Order of Canada honours people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation. Nominate someone today.

Alberta recognizes the best of the best of Alberta’s apprentices and employers. Learn more about available awards and nomination process.

Alberta Northern Lights – Nominate a volunteer.

NSERC prizes call for nominations now open. Deadline varies. Check here.

13. Government Update

Alberta’s government is providing the YMCA with $932,000 from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).

Alberta’s government is launching a new immigration stream March 1 to help the province’s tourism and hospitality industry address labour gaps and challenges.

Alberta’s government is proud to sponsor a new Heritage Minute honouring CFL Hall of Famer and Alberta’s 16th lieutenant-governor Norman Kwong.

A new long-term provincial tourism strategy will help Alberta’s visitor economy reach $25 billion in yearly visitor expenditures by 2035.

Alberta’s government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Blood Tribe Department of Health to continue operating the Lethbridge shelter and is investing $4 million in its expansion.

Remember, winning a grant is three steps:
find the grant, meet the agency, and write the grant. Once you found a grant, here are six questions you need answered BEFORE you write.

For More Information Contact
David Kincade, MA
Grant Writer
Author of 100 Golden Grant Rules

p.s. Keep going. You can do it.


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