Non-profit organizations have a clearer path to funding as a result of changes to two primary community grant programs, the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) and the Community Initiatives Program (CIP).
“Investment in Alberta’s non-profit and voluntary sector helps to build strong families and communities and creates new business and employment opportunities,” Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda states a news release from the Government of Alberta dated Dec. 5.
“Changes to both CFEP and CIP help better meet the needs of non-profits by addressing funding gaps, streamlining access and providing clarity to the grants process.
“For Albertans, these changes mean greater transparency, accountability and effective use of resources, and a greater return on public dollars.”
CFEP grants help support construction and renovations of public-use community facilities, with two distinct grant funding streams established.
-The Small Funding Stream provides a maximum of $125,000.
-The new Large Funding Stream supports projects of more than $125,000 to a maximum of $1 million.
A new Major Cultural and Sport Events stream for CIP supports national and international events with significant community benefit, such as boosting the local economy and helping tourism grow.
A maximum of $250,000 will be available to eligible applicants.
Guidelines and applications have been updated to reflect the changes and are available online at: culture.alberta.ca/community/community-grants.
The new approach comes into effect on Dec. 15 to allow applicants to fully benefit from the positive changes, such as increased hourly rates for donated labour.
Changes stem from an extensive internal review of the Community Grants program and discussions with non-profit-sector partners and previous grant recipients.
The review highlighted the fact that Community Grants programs provide equitable distribution of funding across the province to help stimulate local economic activity, and that funding programs are flexible, simple, and support community infrastructure.