The Community Facility Enhancement Program (C.F.E.P) is a government-funded program that provides grants for improving community facilities in New Brunswick, Canada. The C.F.E.P.S. is allocated using an annual call for proposals and, since its inception in 2009, has been used to fund over $10 million worth of projects across the province. The Community Development Grants Regulation governs the Community Development Grants Program.
The Community Facility Enhancement Program (C.F.E.P.) strives to make Alberta’s communities healthier and vibrant. The initiative was created to help groups that give back to their communities and provide opportunities for Albertans to get involved in their communities. C.F.E.P. reacts to local facility upgrade requirements and collaborates with other organizations. Qualifying nonprofit organizations to assist communities with the acquisition, construction, upgrading, or maintenance of infrastructure redevelopment of communal amenities open to the public.
The goals of the C.F.E.P. are to:
- Enhance life expectancy and encourage the construction of community facilities that are open to the public; and
- Encourage economic development in all of the province’s communities.
The C.F.E.P. is also guided by principles that guide decision-making and award administration. These are the guiding principles: Public Benefits Driven by the Community, Transparency, equity, accountability, and flexibility, Simplicity.
This program is open to the following organizations and nonprofit community groups:
- Groups that are registered under one of these Acts (and are in good standing):
- Agriculture Societies Act
- Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
- Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
- Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
- Libraries Act
- Societies Act of Alberta
- Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
- 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 Metis Settlements
- Foundations are established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act.
- Universities, colleges, and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act.
- Organizations must have an Alberta address regularly monitored by a member of the organization.
The organizations listed below are not eligible to apply for C.F.E.P. funding:
- For-profit organizations
- Any other organization not registered under one of the acts as mentioned above
- Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting or reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Status of Women
An organization can only apply for a capital project through C.F.E.P. or a capital equipment project through C.I.P. Project-Based once per year.
Each fiscal year, a facility can receive financing for one capital project (for example, a roof replacement).
If an organization shares a facility with other groups, however, each organization can apply for a grant for a project related to their own rented space.
Projects may include the following:
- building a new facility
- acquiring or purchasing a facility
- repairs, renovations, updates, and expansion
Sports, recreational, cultural, and other public-use facilities are examples of community facilities.
Organizations may make applications for stand-alone components of the same facility, depending on the size and scope of the construction project. For example, a feasibility study, design and blueprint stage, initial construction through lock upstage, and completion phase could all be included.
How to Apply
To apply, follow the below-given steps and click on the apply now link at the end of the article to visit the official website:
Step 1: Read the guidelines for the grant. You can visit the official website for the grant guidelines.
Step 2: Complete the application packet. The application packet can be found on the official website of the grant. Keep a copy of your application if you are called for further information or clarification.
Step 3: Complete the application package and submit it.
Applications for the Community Facility Enhancement Program can be emailed (preferred) or submitted to the following address:
Email: [email protected]
Address: Community Facility Enhancement Program, Alberta Culture, and Status of Women. Suite 212, 17205 106A Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1M7.
Annual application deadlines for the C.F.E.P. Small Funding Stream:
- January 15
- May 15
- September 15
- October 15
The projects must be completed within 18 months of receiving the check.
Annual application deadline for the C.F.E.P. Large Funding Stream:
- June 15
Within 30 months after the commencement date of the signed grant agreement, projects must be completed, and reports must be provided.
Funding for the C.F.E.P. is awarded on a match-by-match basis. The applicant must give an amount equivalent to or greater than the C.F.E.P. grant request for the project’s expenses. Matching funds can come in cash, donated labor, equipment, or materials, but they must all be relevant to the project.
Small Grants Program of the C.F.E.P.
The maximum amount of money that can be requested under the C.F.E.P. The small Funding stream is $125,000. Non-matching financing of up to $10,000 is available for eligible organizations. See section 5.6 of the C.F.E.P. Guidelines for more information.
Large Funding Stream of the C.F.E.P.
Projects requiring more than $125,000 but less than $1 million are eligible for the C.F.E.P. Large Funding stream.
Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant (April 1 to March 31).
Requests for non-capital grants can be made through any Community Initiatives Program (C.I.P.) grant streams (Project-Based, Operating, International Development, or Major Cultural and Sports Events). In contrast, capital grant requests can be made through C.F.E.P., and capital equipment grant requests can be made through C.I.P. Project-Based.
Multi-year funding is not being considered because applicants can request larger grant amounts.
Organizations that wish to change C.F.E.P. funding streams must contact program staff and may be required to withdraw their existing C.F.E.P. application and reapply with a new application on the next due date.