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Community Initiatives Program (CIP) | Operating grant




The Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Operating grant stream supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes, and services makes an impact in one of the following priority areas:

  • enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues
  • creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans
  • supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues

Eligible Applicants

Organizations must have a primary mission or objective in one of the following areas:

  • enhance the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct services and programs that address social issues
  • create equitable access to human, social, and economic resources and services for all Albertans
  • support community collaborations, involving multiple organizations, in addressing broader human or social issues.

As well, organization must demonstrate a need for operational support due to one of the following:

  • increase in demand for programs and services
  • increase in costs due to a change in program or service delivery model
  • loss in revenues, inability to fundraise, or decreased goods and services donations

To be eligible for the CIP Operating grant, all applicants must be classified as one of the following:

  • a registered community non-profit organization in Alberta (and in good standing) under one of these Acts:
    • Provincial Legislation
      • Societies Act
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
      • Part 9 of the Companies Act, (Nonprofit Companies)
      • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
    • Federal Legislation
      • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
      • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and must be registered in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
      • Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements
  • a collaborative with the following conditions in place:
    • the applicant organization is a registered non-profit organization, in good-standing, under one of the above mentioned Acts
    • the organizational structure of the collaborative, including the roles and responsibilities of the collaborative partners and the decision making process is clearly documented
    • a multi-year strategic plan with clear goals and priorities is utilized
    • there is a documented history of operating and achieving results in Alberta for at least one year
    • financial resources are shared among the collaborative partners

Organizations must be legally registered and operating in Alberta for at least one year, and must have an Alberta-based address, which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

Primary priority will be given to organizations that provide critical support in these areas:

  • food security
  • shelter
  • safety

Secondary priority will be given to organizations that provide critical support in these areas:

  • violence prevention
  • addictions
  • mental health
  • persons with disabilities
  • isolated seniors
  • adult and children’s programming

Eligible Expenses

Core eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • wage and salaries for existing staff, including administrative, finance, and program staff like the executive director and administrative staff
  • rent
  • utilities
  • insurance
  • advertising, marketing, and communication expenses
  • essential travel within Alberta
  • office and program supplies
  • evaluation, data collection, auditing, and reporting
  • other ongoing operating pressures as identified by the applicant
  • fund development

Deadline Date

  January 15; May 15; September 15


Contact Name: Community Grants Office

Phone Number: 780-422-9598 or 1-800-642-3855 (toll-free)

E-mail Address:


Industry: Non-Profit, Location: Alberta ,
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