For initiatives enhancing civil society’s ability to support social recovery and inclusive economic participation for Albertans, organizations are eligible to apply for a one-time grant.
To increase civil society’s capacity to address social issues affecting Albertans, the Civil Society Fund (CSF) will provide $20 million over three years.
Civil society consists of nonprofit and volunteer groups, recognized charities, unofficial movements or groups pursuing similar goals or beliefs, and businesses and individuals working for social good in the private sector.
The prosperity of Albertans is greatly influenced by civil society, which also has a huge economic impact on the province. The CSF aims to encourage transformational change, enhance the efficiency of civil society groups, and foster collaboration among them in order to tackle urgent social issues.
CSF grants are only available once. The continuous provision of social programmes and services and the regular operating needs of organizations will not be supported with funding.
Additionally, CSF money has a deadline. The grant activities of successful applicants must be completed within 24 months after the grant agreement’s effective date.
For financing their project, eligible applicants may ask for up to $500,000. Proposals can be granted for less money than what was requested.
The proposals must show how the initiative would promote civil society’s transformative shift and significantly increase its capacity to support Albertans’ social and economic recovery.
Organizations requesting financing must additionally show how their proposed initiative fits into at least one of the key areas listed below:
- system infrastructure, data from civic society, and organizational change
- financial resilience and sustainability
The creation and development of novel approaches to service delivery may be supported by funding, but projects aimed toward sustaining the provision of programmes or services will not be supported by money.
Additional operational and administrative expenses not directly associated with the project will not be covered.
All applicants must meet the following criteria to be primary candidates for the CSF:
1. fall into one of the following categories:
- A charity or not-for-profit organization that has been registered correctly in one of the following acts:
- Provincial laws (Alberta)
- Business Corporations Act, Part 21: Societies Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
- Businesses Act, Part 9 (Not-for-profit companies)
- Act Concerning Agricultural Societies, Special Act of the
- Federal laws include the Religious Societies Land Act, Part 2, the Postsecondary Learning Act (postsecondary institutions), and the Cooperatives Act (Canada)
- Particular Canadian Parliamentary Act Both the Business Corporations Act and the Not-for-profit Corporations Act require registration in Alberta.
- Income Tax Act and charities active in the Province of Alberta
- Part 2 of the Board of Trade Act (Chambers of Commerce)
- First Nations
- a Metis Settlement, collaborative, or collaborative initiatives, are qualified for funding if all the conditions are met:
- The applicant organization is a legitimate nonprofit or charitable organization defined by one of the aforementioned acts.
- The collaborative structure, including the partners’ responsibilities and roles, as well as the decision-making process, are all spelled out.
- With the use of a multi-year strategic plan with distinct objectives and priorities
- there is evidence that the company has operated in Alberta for at least a year.
- The cooperating partners split the cash resources.
- Been legitimately registered and doing business in Alberta for at least a full year.
*Must have an address in Alberta that a participating organization member frequently checks.
** For Rounds 2 and 3, the list of eligible institutions was widened to include post-secondary institutions in Alberta with projects or research interests that can support the development of civil society capacity in selected priority areas. Applicants to post-secondary institutions are urged to collaborate with local civil society organizations.
Organizations Not Qualified
The following entities are ineligible to submit a primary application to the CSF:
Municipalities, for-profit organizations, schools, or school boards, organizations not registered under one of the acts above, organizations that primarily benefit people outside of Alberta, organizations that have unfinished or overdue accounting/reporting relating to any grant previously given by the Government of Alberta, and individuals who have not been legally registered and operating in Alberta for one full year.
If necessary, non-qualifying groups may collaborate on proposals with qualified organizations.
Applying – Round 3
Step 1: Review the guidelines for the Civil Society Fund.
Guidelines for Civil Society Funds
Step 2: Finish filling out the application.
Application cutoff: 4:30 p.m. on September 2, 2022
Funding Information for Round 2
Thirty-seven initiatives are supported by funding from the CSF’s second cycle (2021–2022) in an effort to jump-start vulnerable Albertans’ economic and social rehabilitation.
A range of social and economic issues, including food security, homelessness, housing security, unemployment or underemployment, mental health, active citizenship and volunteerism, community inclusion, and domestic, family, or sexual violence, will be addressed by funded projects as part of Alberta’s recovery plan.
The diverse and robust civil society is reflected in the projects that have been approved, which feature partnerships between big and small organizations from all over Alberta.
Information About Round 1 Funding
Twenty-one civil society organizations from across the province are receiving funding for the first phase of the CSF (2020–21). Successful grantees are assisting civic society in recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects.
Connect with Civil Society Fund staff:
4th floor, Forestry Building
9920 – 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2M4