Community Impact Grants


Your Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta has the pulse on our growing and changing region. Each year, we support a wide range of innovative projects and organizations that are changing people’s lives and helping to create more vibrant, livable communities.  Our Community Impact Grant Program promotes a healthy, vibrant community that embraces diversity and support all of its members.  It is through the generosity of our fund holders and donors that we are able to offer these grants to our region. The Community Foundation is honoured to be able to offer these grants to you.  Charitable organizations are the heart of the community, making our region a better place to work, play and live.  Thank you for the work you do.  Together. We are building smarter more caring communities.


Every year, in partnership with our donors and fund holders, the Community Foundation provides grants to innovative charitable projects, both large and small. Since inception in 1996, over $4.627 million has been invested into all sectors of the region. It is through the generosity of our fund holders and donors that we are able to offer these grants to our region to promote a healthy and vibrant community.

Take a look at the variety of contributions that the Community Foundation was able to make in 2017:

2017 Impact Grants

2017 Impact Grants Graphic

Does your organization qualify to apply?

  • • Community Impact Grants may only be made to a registered charity or other qualified donees defined under the Income Tax Act. If you are not sure that your organization is a qualified donee, you may visit the Charities section of the Canada Revenue Agency website.


Community Impact Grants aim to support our region.

To be eligible for a Community Grant, you must:

  • • Have met all reporting requirements if you have had other grants from the Community Foundation.
  • • Demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for cultural diversity.
  • • Demonstrate financial responsibility and effective management.
  • • Demonstrate a commitment to the project through a meaningful contribution of their own human/and or financial resources.

The Community Foundation supports growth and innovation through grants for projects that:

  • • Demonstrate local action to achieve results
  • • Link the organizations mandate and strategic plans
  • • Show evidence of collaboration with others in the same field within our region
  • • Work together to create a better future and to address challenges

The Community Foundation DOES NOT offer Community Impact Grants for:

  • • Sponsorships
  • • Deficit reduction (e.g. debts or loans)
  • • Operating or capital deficits (salaries are not eligible for funding, however, contract fees for specific projects are eligible)
  • • Expenses incurred before the date of grant approval
  • • Sports teams or club sponsorships, except for athletic development
  • • Fees for professional performers or guest artists
  • • Support for individuals
  • • Endowment funds
  • • 100% of the project’s budget
  • • Annual fundraising drives for operating support
  • • Activities of religious organizations that primarily serve their membership and/or direct religious purposes
  • • Political activity that is prohibited by the Canada Revenue Agency 

 Online application process will be open June 15, 2018.

Check back on June 15, 2018, when applications open, on how to apply.

Paper or email applications are not accepted.

For more information about Community Grants, contact Rhonda at or by phone at 780-538-2820.


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