Community Initiatives Program

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funds to enhance and enrich community initiatives throughout Alberta. The program is intended to reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries in communities, to empower local citizens, and community organizations to work together and respond to local needs.

Within Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funding there are three categories:

  • Project-Based Grantsto 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 (ie disaster) requests within Alberta.
  • Community Operating Grants to provide financial assistance to registered non-profit organizations in Alberta to enhance the organization's ability to operate and to deliver services to the community.

  • International Development Grants to provide financial assistance to small and medium sized Alberta based non-government organizations to meet Alberta's commitment to give people in developing countries the tools to eventually meet their own needs. The purpose of the international development grants are to match or supplement the donations the citizens of Alberta make to humanitarian projects of their choosing.
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The Community Initiatives Program is governed by the terms outlined in the Community Development Grant Regulation.

Maximum Funding Available

The general funding limits under this program are:

  • Project-Based Grants - maximum $75,000.
  • Community Operating Grants - maximum $75,000.
  • International Development Grants - maximum $25,000.

Specific project limitations are:

  • Only one facility related application can be approved per organization per year. Capital funding will be limited to one grant in each fiscal year from CFEP or CIP (i.e. April 1 to March 31). The applicant can request funding assistance for a planning study, a capital project or a combination of the two.
  • Municipalities are no longer eligible for funding from CIP (effective Oct 1, 2009) or CFEP (effective April 1,2010).
  • Program funding for travel will not exceed $10,000 per grant. (Effective July 1, 2009)
  • Program funding for celebrations (i.e. centennial celebrations) will not exceed $25,000 per grant (Effective Dec. 15, 2011)
  • Program funding for technology upgrades will not exceed $50,000 per grant. (Effective July 1, 2009)
  • Playground projects are not eligible. (Effective July 1, 2009)

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations may include groups that are registered under one of the following:

  • Agriculture Societies Act
  • Canada Corporations Act (non-profit sector)
  • Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
  • Child and Family Services Authorities
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements
  • Foundations established and regulated under the Regional Health Authorities Act
  • Income Tax Act of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (charities);
  • Libraries Act
  • Part 9 of the Companies Act (non-profit)
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations
  • Societies Act
  • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • School Act
  • Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under the Post-secondary Learning Act

Guidelines and Application Forms

The grant application contains interactive form fields and is best viewed with the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download from Adobe. NOTE: As of July 1, 2010, only current application forms available for the CIP program will be accepted.


Project Based


For more information, please contact the program office.

Alberta Lottery FundThe Community Initiatives Program is funded by the Alberta Lottery Fund. More information on lottery-funded programs is available at

Last reviewed/revised: June 18, 2014