Programs Supporting the Viability and Long-Term Sustainability of Municipalities
Agricultural Service Board (ASB) Grant Program
This program supports municipal ASBs in the administration of legislative requirements under the ASB Act, and the development of programming supporting environmental best management practices. Eligible projects include: hiring of qualified staff, implementation of the ASB Act and projects related to: watershed protection, soil conservation, offstream watering and pesticide management. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Alberta Human Rights Commission's Community Inclusion Grants
The Alberta Human Rights Commission’s Community Inclusion grants are available to strengthen municipal efforts to build inclusive communities. Funding will support municipalities to advance strategies associated with the principles of being Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC), or a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). The grant will provide up to $10,000 to municipalities developing their WIC, CCMARD or similar community strategies including engagement initiatives, action plans, planning processes, evaluation, or other initiatives. Please visit the website for more information, including the application form.
The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.
Coal Community Transition Fund (CCTF)
The Alberta government has allocated funding under the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program to assist Alberta communities impacted by the coal phase-out. Municipalities and First Nations impacted by the phase-out of coal in Alberta's electricity system can apply for grant funding through the CCTF to support economic development initiatives that enable the transition away from economic reliance on coal-fired electricity generation. For the list of eligible entitites please visit the website.
- build economic development capacity
- strengthen approaches to improve economic conditions
- aid municipal transition towards long-term economic stability
- grant funding will be provided up front so projects can start immediately
- matching funding is not required
- approved funding amounts may be lower than the amount requested
- applicants have a maximum of 2 years from the date they receive funding to spend it
Only one application per eligible entity will be accepted. An applicant can either submit a collaborative regional application or their own application. Regionally collaborative applications will be given priority. Proposals from eligible entities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please visit the website for proposal criteria.
Deadline: November 30, 2017 at midnight MST
Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES)
The CARES program provides financial support for Alberta’s communities, regions and municipalities for initiatives that promote long-term economic growth. The program will run until 2018 and will fund initiatives that create a measurable impact and align with one or more of the following program outcomes:
- improving local business environment and/or regional economic collaboration
- increasing support for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises to grow and succeed
- enhancing support for businesses and industries that provide diversification to a community or a region
- increasing investment that drives high-value job creation
The CARES program follows a competitive application process. Program funding begins at $10,000 and applicants must be able to match the funding requested (1:1 matching ratio). Projects must not take more than two years to execute; successful applicants will receive the grant up front so that their project can commence immediately.
The third intake for the CARES program is now open. Applications will be accepted from Oct 1-Nov 30, 2017.
Disaster Recovery Program (DRP)
Disaster Recovery Programs (DRPs) provide financial assistance for uninsurable property damage, loss and other expenses incurred as the result of a disaster. The DRP is designed to assist people back on their feet after a disaster by providing financial assistance that helps return their property or contents to a basic, functioning level. Applicants are encouraged to pursue their own insurance options first.
Principal homeowners, tenants, small business owners, agricultural operators, condominium corporations, public institutions, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations who meet the qualification criteria may have their damages and losses assessed by the DRP for eligibility.
For more information please visit the website.
Budget 2017-18: There is no budget for DRPs. Request for funding is made to the treasury board on a case by case basis.
Grants in Place of Taxes (GIPOT)
A municipality may apply for GIPOT funding if there is property in the municipality that the Crown has an interest in to assist with the cost of providing municipal services.
GIPOT grants are based on the property taxes the Crown would pay if the property were not exempt from taxation.
To receive GIPOT funding, applications (tax notices) for eligible property must be submitted during the tax year the municipality is applying for funding. Applications are approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Budget allocation for 2017-18: $59.3 million.
Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Capital
Since the program was announced in 2007, municipalities have been allocated almost $7.6 billion in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability. The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) was consolidated with the MSI capital program in 2014 resulting in increased program flexibility.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible to receive MSI Capital funding based on their long-term funding agreement.
Eligible project costs directly result in, relate to, or support, the acquisition, construction, development, betterment, rehabilitation or non-routine maintenance of capital assets in a variety of project categories. General types of capital projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreation and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres.
MSI funds may be combined with, or used to fund the municipal contribution required under other provincial-municipal or federal-municipal grant programs, unless doing do is prohibited by that program.
Budget 2017-18: $1.18 billion (including $331 million in BMTG funds)
Rat Control Grant Program
The Alberta Rat Control Program is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It funds municipalities in Alberta's Rat Control Zone, which runs approximately 300 km along the Saskatchewan border. Stopping overland migration of rats is one means of keeping rats out of Alberta. The Rat Control Program assists municipalities in maintaining Alberta's "rat free" status. Funding is contingent upon annual inspections in the Rat Control Zone. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2017-18: $0.3 million