The Community Facility Enhancement Program 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. The program responds to local facility enhancement needs by partnering with eligible nonprofit organizations to help communities acquire, build, upgrade, or redevelop community facilities.
Enhance lifetime and promote the building of public-use community facilities; and Stimulating economic activity in communities across the province are the goals of the CFEP. The Community Development Grants Regulation governs the Community Development Grants Program. The CFEP 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 are all values that we hold dear.
- Simplicity is key.
Total funding: The CFEP provides $125,001 – $1 Million funding for the significant funding stream.
DEADLINE: June 15
Project Completion and Financial Reporting Timeframe: 30 months from the grant agreement date.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements?
The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the CFEP:
- Community nonprofit organizations who are registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts:
- 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 Métis Settlements
- Foundations established and regulated under the province’s Regional Health Authorities Act
- Universities, colleges, and institutes as defined under Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act
Who Is not Eligible?
The organizations listed below are not eligible to apply for CFEP funding:
- For-profit organizations;
- Any other organizations not registered under one of the acts mentioned above
- Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting/reporting relating to any grants previously awarded by Alberta Culture and Status of Women
The steps for making an application to CFEP are as follows:
- Each funding stream has its application package, including forms, budget templates, and mandatory information needs. Applicants must make sure that they apply to the appropriate funding stream for their project. There are instructions for filling out the application forms and templates included in the package. Applicants are invited to seek assistance from the program office in completing the application.
- To process applications, all requested information from applicants must be fully completed, and all questions on the forms must be answered. A checklist ensures that the application package is complete, including all supporting documentation and required attachments. When applying, applicants should include all essential and supporting papers.
- The CFEP staff may return incomplete applications, and candidates must preserve a copy of their application in its entirety. If CFEP personnel has questions about the application, applicants may need to refer to this document.
- Letters of support or other official declarations about the initiative should be included in applications.
- Applicants should receive a letter of support from the municipality for their planned project. If the applicant does not own the land and facilities, a letter of support from the owner is necessary, along with confirmation of a long-term lease, if applicable.
- Applicants who will be enlisting the help of a third party (e.g., a municipality or a school division) to complete the project on their behalf must submit a letter signed by both the applicant and the third party outlining the nature of each party’s commitment to the project.
- Applications must include a statement indicating that the facility is designed and accessible for general public use and evidence of how the general public can participate in activities regularly (e.g., days and hours the facility is accessible by the general public).
- If project expenses are incurred before CFEP employees receive the application, they may not be considered in the application. Expenses incurred before application acceptance are at the applicant’s own risk. If funding is not awarded, applicants who begin their project before receiving information about their application will not be allowed to resubmit their project.
- Applications are thoroughly examined in light of the program’s requirements, project evaluation criteria, and supporting documents. If more information or clarification is needed, organizations may be contacted.
- Applicants who have unfinished or overdue accounting/reporting for previously granted Alberta Culture and Status of Women funds will not be considered for new funding unless their unfinished accounting and reporting requirements are met. Before submitting, applicants should contact CFEP staff if they have financial reporting due within six months of the application deadline or are unsure about the implications of any overdue reporting due to Alberta Culture and Status of Women or another Government of Alberta award program.
How to Apply?
Step 1. Read the grant guidelines
Step 2: Fill out an application package
- CFEP Large Application Form
- Project Budget Template
- Business Case Requirements
- Five Year Operating Budget
- Application for Direct Deposit
Step 3: Application packages can be emailed (preferred) or mailed to the Community Facility Enhancement Program:
Reporting Requirements Guide
You must provide the CFEP Large funding stream reporting based on the signed formal grant agreement criteria.
For more information and examples, see the Reporting Requirements Guide.
If you have any questions about reporting requirements or project completion, please contact Community Grants personnel.