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Does your community need to fix up its playground or outdoor hockey rink? Does your seniors’ centre need safe and easy-to-use exercise equipment?

Do your neighbours want to build a community garden that people of all ages can enjoy together? Or maybe you need a new place for teens to meet and enjoy healthy activities?

Alberta communities can apply for funding from government, foundations or charitable sources to support projects like these.

Your local community recreation co-ordinator or municipal councillors can help you find out about funding that your community can access. Below is a list to get you started. To learn more about these programs check the reference list at the end of the article.

Alberta Lottery Fund Grants
Community Initiatives Program (CIP)
The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) grants support community programs or services for sports, health, recreation, libraries, arts and culture.

An organization, not an individual, needs to apply for the grant.

Non-profit charitable groups, municipalities, First Nations groups and Métis Settlements can apply.

CIP grants can be for up to $75,000 and need to be matched by the community, but not always with dollars (volunteer labour, services or donated materials may also be considered).

If you can’t match the funds, you can ask for a $10,000 unmatched grant. People at Alberta Lotteries are available to discuss your plans with you.

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)
The Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) helps communities build, buy or repair a local building such as an indoor hockey rink, recreation centre or library.

Municipalities, Indian Bands, Métis Settlements or non-profit community groups can receive a CFEP grant. For example, a community in Alberta used a CFEP grant to build a community youth centre and community fitness centre in the same building.

CFEP is a matching grant program. You can match with money, volunteer labour or donated equipment materials or services. The maximum grant is $125,000 per year.

Major Community Facilities Program
This program helps communities to plan, upgrade and develop large community facilities.

Cities and towns, not-for-profit organizations and Aboriginal communities can apply for funding for projects identified as a priority by the community.

Projects eligible for the program include sports, recreational and cultural projects or funding for family and community wellness facilities.

Agricultural Initiatives Program
This grant (administered by the Rural Programs branch of Alberta Agriculture and Food) is intended to improve the quality of life in farming and rural areas of the province.

For example, some communities have used the grant to build community halls, arenas and grandstands for recreational use. Other grant recipients have been able to support 4-H programs, conferences and festivals.

Agricultural societies and registered non-profit groups can apply.

Alberta Sport, Recreation Parks and Wildlife Foundation Grants
Development Initiatives Program
The Development Initiatives Program supports the project and program-related endeavours of Albertans working in the areas of sport, recreation, parks and wildlife.

Community non-profit groups, municipalities, First Nations groups and individuals can apply for funding. Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000.

This program could help buy equipment or even bring in speakers for an event.

Applications must be submitted before the money is actually spent, and should include some form of self-help.

Sport Participation Initiatives Program
The Sport Participation Initiatives Program helps provide opportunities for under-represented groups to enhance their participation in sport (for example, girls and women, Aboriginal people, economically disadvantaged people and persons with disabilities).

Funds can be used for equipment, facility rentals, coaches and officials, and program resources. Provincial sport and recreation associations can apply to the Sport Participation Initiatives Program to help their member sport clubs access funding.

Aboriginal communities and groups can also apply.

Wild Rose Foundation Quarterly Grant Program
This program is geared toward registered non-profit community groups. Funding can be used for projects that provide a direct service to the community, fulfil community needs or make the community organization better and more efficient.

Your community can find ways to fund projects that will help people of all ages and abilities become more active. Both government and private programs can help you.

Your recreation department, community league, town council or neighbours can find out what funding is out there. You can even get the ball rolling yourself! There are people to help you every step of the way.

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Learn More
Agricultural Initiatives Program
Guidelines and application form.

Alberta Lottery Fund
How to apply for CIP and CFEP grants, and how the approval process works.

Development Initiatives Program
Guidelines and application form.

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)
Guidelines and application form.

Sport Participation Initiative Program
Guidelines and other information

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