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Prioritizing Funding for Front-line Non-profits

Increased funding to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant will help front-line non-profits continue caring for vulnerable Albertans.

Reallocating money from the Community Initiatives Program Project-based grant to the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant will help struggling front-line charities and non-profits maintain their core operations and provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Front-line charities and non-profits are doing incredible work to support our communities during COVID-19. Our government recognizes the unprecedented challenges they are facing and stand by them as they care for Albertans. Reallocating funding through the Community Initiatives Program directs dollars to where they are needed most urgently.”Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

The May and September intakes of the Community Initiatives Program Operating grant will be combined into one intake in June to help flow much-needed dollars to front-line organizations faster. Funding for this one-time intake will be prioritized for small and medium-sized organizations that focus on food security, shelter and housing, and addictions and mental health supports so they can continue to care for vulnerable Albertans.

This approach to supporting the sector will be followed until there is a better understanding of timelines for COVID-19 and when the recovery phase will begin.

Applicants are encouraged to check the Community Grants website for program information and intake updates.

Quick facts

  • The program will provide $8 million in funding.
  • The limit for Community Initiatives Program Operating grant requests will be increased from $60,000 to $75,000.
  • The three-year eligibility period for the Community Initiatives Program will be waived to allow all organizations in need of operational funding to apply for this one-time intake.
  • The January 2020 Community Initiatives Program Operating intake is being reviewed for funding. Applicants for this grant will be notified in May regarding grant decisions.

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