Funding opportunities for seniors’ organizations

Funding for seniors' organizations in Alberta is available from a variety of sources, including fundraising and grants.


There are many activities that eligible charitable organizations can use to fundraise, including bingos, casinos and raffles.

Grant options

Grants are available to seniors’ organizations to assist with operational costs, recreation programs and historical preservation activities. Below are grant options by level of government and agency:

Municipal grants

Check with your municipality to determine what municipal funding programs are available to seniors’ organizations in your community. Funding can include:

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) – FCSS is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the province, and municipalities or Métis settlement to provide social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families and communities. FCSS funding is allocated locally to best meet the needs of the community and its residents. Seniors’ organizations may be eligible for FCSS funding.

Municipal Sustainability Initiative – The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) is the Province of Alberta’s commitment to provide significant long-term funding to enhance municipal sustainability and to enable municipalities to meet the demands of growth.

Provincial grants

The Alberta government provides financial support to thousands of volunteer and community-based organizations. The Municipal Grants Web Portal provides information on available grants.

Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation – Supports Albertans working in the areas of sport, recreation, parks and wildlife for project and program related endeavours.

Federal grants

The New Horizons for Seniors Program through the Government of Canada provides three types of funding to non-profit organizations:

Other grants

Other organizations also provide some funding to non-profit organizations to support programs which promote health or provide a social service. Check your telephone directory or do an Internet search to identify organizations that may have funding available for seniors’ organizations.