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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

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.

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 30; July 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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