Funding Grants

Funding / Grants

There is a range of grant programs that may provide funding for local trail projects; you will find a list of some of them with related links below. Numerous others are run by foundations, non-profit organizations and private companies that you can search on your own. It is recommended that you carefully read the requirements for each grant to see if your organization is eligible, and also check to ensure the grant program/funding is still available.

Trans Canada Trail Funding

Trail groups that are developing sections of the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta may be able to access grant funding from Trans Canada Trail. For information on how to submit a grant application, go to www.tctrail.ca or contact Alberta TrailNet.

Alberta Culture and Tourism Funding

Community Facility Enhancement Program reinvests revenues generated from provincial lotteries into communities to empower local citizens and community organizations to work together to respond to local needs such as the construction, renovation or redevelopment of community public-use facilities.

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Each CFEP application must relate to only one facility, and only one CFEP or CIP application can be approved per organization per year. Maximum funding is $125,000. Application deadline is September 15 each year for the following fiscal year, April 1 to March 31. For details or an application form, click here.

Community Initiatives Program reinvests revenues generated from provincial lotteries into communities to empower local citizens and community organizations to work together and respond to community priorities.

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Application categories: project-based grants for equipment purchases, facility construction or renovation, special events, new programs or disaster assistance (max. $75,000); community operating grants for registered non-profit organizations (max. $75,000); and international development grants (max. $25,000). Application deadline is September 15 each year (funding for April 1 to March 31). For application information, click here.

Other Initiatives Program provides support to worthy Alberta projects that cannot be funded under the criteria or existing funding levels of other Alberta Lottery Fund grant programs.

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The application can be submitted by an MLA or directly to the funding office. For details, click here.

Community Spirit Program is made up of two components – a donation grant and a charitable tax credit – and is intended to increase individual charitable giving.

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The program is donor-driven, meaning that it matches donations received from individual Albertans. Application deadline is December 31. For details or an application form, phone: 780-644-8604 or visit www.culture.alberta.ca.

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation includes the Heritage Preservation Partnership Program, which offers grants for innovative educational projects for young Albertans; projects that promote awareness of Alberta’s history; installation of interpretive plaques, monuments and markers; initiatives such as workshops, seminars or conferences related to heritage preservation; research; publications; heritage trades training; and conservation.

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Application deadlines are February 1 and September 1. For details or an application form, click here or call (780)-431-2305.

Alberta Sport Connection includes a funding program for sport events, sport development and donations to eligible non-profit organizations in Alberta.

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Application deadlines are January 1, May 1 and October 1. For details and an application form, click here.

Municipal Sustainability Initiative Capital Funding (Alberta Municipal Affairs) supports qualifying projects that result in the purchase, construction, development, betterment or rehabilitation of infrastructure that enhances long-term municipal sustainability.

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Eligible projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, regional and community airport facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreational and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres. Applications must be submitted by a municipality, Metis Settlement or other eligible organization. Deadline: April 1. For details or an application form, phone 780-427-2225 or visit www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/municipalgrants.cfm

Municipal Sustainability Initiative Conditional Operating Funding (Alberta Municipal Affairs) supports qualifying operating expenses relating to planning activities, capacity building, municipal services, and support to non-profit organizations.

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Eligible projects include the development of community sustainability plans and support for shared service arrangements with other municipalities. Applications must be submitted by a municipality,Metis Settlement or other eligible organization. Deadline: April 1. For details or an application form, call phone 780-427-2225 or visit www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/municipalgrants.cfm

Regional Collaboration Program (Alberta Municipal Affairs) supports strategic activities that improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities through regional collaboration and capacity building.

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Eligible projects include significant regional approaches to municipal service delivery, improved overall municipal capacity through collaborative activities, and strong inter-municipal relations that strengthen community identities and improve quality of life. Application deadline is January 31. For details or an application form, call 780-427-2225 or visit www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/municipalgrants.cfm.

To promote a trail network, including the Trans Canada Trail, connecting all Albertans.