July 5, 2016

Community Initiatives Program (CIP)

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I hope everyone had a great Canada Day.

There are many reasons I am very proud to live in Canada, including low crime, all of the national parks –  mountains and other beautiful landscape, clean air to breathe, abundance of water, our medical system, and so much more…

I also feel so fortunate to live in a province that is very philanthropic at all levels including: individuals, business, foundations, as well as government. In 2010 Statistics Canada has on record the average amounts donated per individual were highest in three provinces: Alberta ($562), Saskatchewan ($544) and British Columbia ($543). Alberta and Saskatchewan also had the highest proportion of their populations belonging to the top donors group. Conversely, the lowest average amounts were recorded in Newfoundland and Labrador ($331) and Quebec ($208).

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funds initiatives, through Alberta Culture and Tourism, that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta. The program has different funding available, and for those nonprofit organizations that are looking for operating money (which is difficult to find anywhere), this is one of the funding streams available.

Here is some information from the Alberta Culture and Tourism web site on the CIP program:
Reinvests revenues generated from provincial lotteries to communities
 Empowers local citizens and community organizations to work together
 Responds to local needs

The funding limits are:

 Project-Based Grant – maximum $75,000.
 Operating Grant – maximum $75,000.
 International Development Grant – maximum $25,000.


Organizations are eligible to apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any one of the CIP grant streams. Capital grant requests can be accessed under CIP Project Based or the Community Facility Enhancement Program. Operating and programming funding from CIP will be limited to one grant per organization in each government fiscal year.

Funding assistance can be requested for:
 Projects or new initiatives
 Planning studies
 Capital projects
 Special funding (i.e., disaster requests within Alberta)
 Core operating or programming costs, including staff and rent

Program Guidelines
Funding is available through three streams:
1. Project-Based Grant provides assistance to community organizations for such projects as:
 Equipment purchases
 Facility construction or renovation projects
 Hosting/travel/special events
 New programs or special funding (e.g. disaster) requests
2. Operating Grant provides assistance to registered nonprofit organizations to:
 Deliver ongoing programs and services to the community
 Enhance the organization’s ability to operate
3. International Development Grant provides assistance to small and medium-sized Alberta-based non-government organizations to:
 Meet Alberta’s commitment in giving developing countries the tools to eventually meet their own needs.
 The purpose of the international development grants are to match or supplement donations from Albertans to humanitarian projects.

Applications are accepted quarterly for all 3 programs and deadlines are as follows:
 First Quarter – March 15
 Second Quarter – June 15
 Third Quarter – September 15
 Fourth Quarter – December 15

I hope you enjoy my postings and find this information useful. Please let me know what you think in the comment section of my Blog https://raveresults.ca/blog/ .

If you would like to learn more about how my experience and skills may be able to help benefit your nonprofit, or a nonprofit you may be associated with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me as I would be pleased to meet and discuss the opportunity of working together.


Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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