Funding opportunities

Municipal grants

The Government of Alberta’s Municipal Grants Web Portal provides local governments with a way to find information on all provincially and federally administered programs that provide grants to municipalities and Métis Settlements in Alberta.

The web portal includes a search feature to help identify the grant programs that may provide funding for a specific project, as well as key dates and deadlines and timely updates on changes to grant programs. The web portal also includes direct links to grant applications, guidelines and any reporting documents that may be required.

Basic municipal transportation grants

This program provides annual, allocation-based support to Alberta municipalities for their capital transportation infrastructure requirements.

Provincial capital grant funding is provided annually to municipalities for their eligible priority transportation infrastructure needs. Examples of eligible capital projects include construction and rehabilitation of local and regional roads and streets, rehabilitation and construction of municipal bridges, and municipally owned infrastructure for transit systems including LRT lines and stations, bus terminals and transit passenger vehicles.

For more information, please contact the Alberta Transportation Regional Director in your area:

  • Central Region: 403-340-5166 
  • North-Central Region: 780-674-8221 
  • Peace Region: 780-624-6280 
  • Southern Region: 403-381-5426

Green transit incentives program – Green TRIP

This application-based program for capital funding supports new public transit projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduced traffic congestion by reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.

Eligible initiatives include the development of local, regional and intercity public transit projects.

For more information on Alberta Transportation grants, contact Alberta Transportation at

Human Services grants

Family and community support services (FCSS)

This is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements.

Funding supports communities in the design and delivery of preventive social programs that promote and enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities and that build capacity to prevent or deal with crisis situations, should they arise.

Provincially, the FCSS Program receives its mandate from the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation. The Regulation sets out the service requirements that a municipality or Métis Settlement must meet to be eligible for funding. Eligible services include: community development, volunteer development, information and referral services, mentoring programs, parenting and family life education and development programs, youth development and leadership services, and home support services (non-medical).

Municipal Affairs grants

Housing capital initiatives

This program provides one-time capital funding assistance through a competitive request for proposals process to eligible organizations to address housing affordability issues for lower-income individuals and families, including seniors, persons with special needs and those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, such as those fleeing domestic violence.

Eligible projects include new construction, purchase and renovation of existing housing stock, conversion of non-residential property to residential use, development of secondary suites, or such other initiatives that address the housing needs of the community.

Municipal sustainability initiative — capital funding

This program supports qualifying projects that result in the purchase, construction, development, betterment, or rehabilitation of infrastructure that enhances long-term municipal sustainability.

Eligible projects include: municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, regional and community airport facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreational and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres.

Municipal sustainability initiative — operating funding

This program supports qualifying operating expenses relating to planning activities, capacity building, municipal services, and support to non-profit organizations.

Eligible projects include the development of community sustainability plans and support for shared service arrangements with other municipalities.

Regional collaboration program

This program supports strategic activities that improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities through regional collaboration and capacity building.

Eligible projects include the development of intermunicipal partnerships through shared administration and integrated growth management plans, transitional costs associated with the shared delivery of municipal services, and internship program costs.

Non-profit and voluntary sector grants

The Government of Alberta has several grant programs that assist non-profit and charitable groups in their efforts. Grants include:

Community Facility Enhancement Program

The Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) assists communities with construction, renovation or redevelopment of community public-use facilities to help enhance the quality of life and citizen well-being in communities across the province.

Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funds to enhance and enrich community initiatives throughout Alberta within a number of categories including:

  • Project-Based Grants that provide financial assistance for community organizations for such things as equipment purchases, facility construction or renovation projects, hosting/travel/special events, new programs or special funding requests (i.e., disaster support) within Alberta. 
  • Community Operating Grants that provide financial assistance to registered non-profit organizations in Alberta to enhance the organization’s ability to operate and deliver services to the community.

Community Liaison Officers can provide assistance in completing your funding requests for any of these grants. Please contact:

  • Northern Alberta – 780-422-9578 
  • Central/Southern Alberta – 780-422-9578 
  • Calgary Area – 403-297- 3489 
  • Edmonton Area – 780-422-9574 
  • Toll-free at 1-800-642-3855

Additional information on these grant programs, including eligibility criteria, guidelines and application forms is available on the Alberta Culture and Tourism website at:

Other agency grants

In past years, the following agencies have periodically invited local organizations to apply for funding to support age-friendly or related initiatives.

Note, funding may not always be available and is subject to each funding agency’s budget capacity and application deadlines. Check the links provided for current information, criteria that may be used should new funding be offered, or for project ideas.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada – New Horizons for Seniors Program

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. NHSP supports projects that address one or more of the following five program objectives:

  • Promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations; 
  • Engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others; 
  • Expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse; 
  • Supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and 
  • Providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.

Organizations are invited to apply for funding through calls for proposals.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) provides grants and sponsors partnerships to encourage research and initiatives that lead to solutions to the housing needs of Canadians.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada – Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Enabling Accessibility Fund supports community-based projects across Canada that improve accessibility, remove barriers and enable Canadians with disabilities to participate in and contribute to their communities. Organizations are invited to apply for funding through calls for proposals.