Municipal Grant Programs by Ministry
Agriculture and Forestry
- 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.
Program Application Forms must be received by Agriculture and Forestry or postmarked on or before January 31, 2017. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $13.1 million
- FireSmart Community Grant Program
The FireSmart Community Grant Program is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to assist communities in reducing the risk of wildfire within their respective jurisdictions. The program aims to support community involvement in the management of wildland/urban interface issues within municipal jurisdictions, by providing financial assistance to help communities reduce their wildfire hazard. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Agriculture and Forestry is planning to offer the next round of funding in 2017. Please refer back to this website for updates regarding future program funding opportunities.
Budget 2016-17: unfunded
- 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 2016-17: $0.3 million
Community and Social Services
- Family and Community Support Services Program (FCSS)
Since 1966, the FCSS Program has supported the preventive social programming needs of local communities.
Allocation-based operating funding is available to all municipalities and Metis Settlements. Applicants indicate their desire to participate by submitting a letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services. FCSS is a cost-shared program, contributing a provincial portion of 80 per cent, with a minimum 20 per cent coming from the municipality.
At the local level, a municipality or Metis Settlement Council that chooses to establish a program enters into an annual agreement with the Government of Alberta (Minister of Community and Social Services). A request for funding can be sent to the Minister anytime, although the funding starts either January 1 or April 1 depending on program administration. Subsequent funding agreements are completed for each new calendar year. Municipalities or Metis Settlements wanting to withdraw from the program are required to provide the Minister with six months written notice.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $101 million
Environment and Parks
- Alberta Community Resiliency Program (ACRP)
The ACRP is a multi-year, provincial grant that focuses on long-term community resilience. As the Province of Alberta moves forward with projects to improve community resilience to flood and drought, it is critical to recognize and respect the relationship between sustainable community development and our watershed systems. Understanding the importance of this relationship, the ACRP has been created to support communities in the development of long-term resilience to flood and drought events. Program priorities are to ensure the protection of critical infrastructure and public safety. ACRP will provide $500 million over 10 years (2015-2025).
Municipalities, First Nations, Metis Settlements, Improvement Districts, and Special Areas are eligible for funding under the ACRP. Eligible projects under ACRP include works that (a) enhance or enable the protection of critical infrastructure, (b) mitigate public safety hazards, or that do both (a) and (b).
The next submission deadline is September 30, 2017.
Budget 2016-17: Approximately $40 million
- Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP)
The WRRP was established to increase the natural capacity of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects from flooding and drought, to the benefit of Alberta’s communities. This will be accomplished in part, through grants to third-party organizations for non-structural mitigation measures and will complement the province’s structural programs. The goals of the program focus on enhancing the natural ability of watersheds to recover from flood and drought events through conservation or restoration of natural watershed features, education and stewardship, and the development of tools and data to assist in watershed management decisions. The 3-year WRRP budget allocation for 2014-17 is $18.5 million.
Non-governmental organizations, stewardship groups and other not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, First Nations, and all local authorities are eligible to receive funds under the program. Examples of eligible projects include:
- Riparian enhancements (e.g. riparian plantings, soil bio-engineering) etc.);
- Wetland enhancements (e.g. wetland creation, enhancement or restoration);
- Floodplain/river improvements (e.g. channel naturalization, floodplain storage capacity enhancements, etc.);
- Conservation initiatives;
- Education and outreach associated with a specific project(s);
- Data collection efforts for the purpose of research, evaluation and assessment related to a specific project(s).
The next WRRP application submission deadline is February 17, 2017. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $7.75 million
Justice and Solicitor General
- Municipal Policing Assistance Grant
Since 2003, this program has assisted with the cost of providing policing services to urban municipalities with populations exceeding 5,000, who are responsible for their own municipal policing.
Operating funds provided by the program are allocated annually and no applications are required. This program currently benefits 51 municipalities. Allocations are calculated using an approved funding model based on municipal population, for a base payment, plus additional per capita funding. For cities and urban service areas with populations over 50,000 the allocation is calculated on a per capita basis only. The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General approves the grants and the payments are issued according to terms outlined in grant agreements.
For more information, please click on the link above.
Budget allocation for 2016-17: $56 million
- Police Officers Grant Program
In Budget 2008, the Province of Alberta committed to adding 300 police officers over 3 years. Since then, the Police Officers Grant program continues to support this commitment by providing operating funds for 300 approved police officer positions, at $100,000 per position per year. This program benefits 50 municipalities that pay for their own policing.
For more information, please visit the program website.
Budget 2016-17: $30 million
- Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
STEP is a 4-16 week program that provides a wage subsidy of $7 per hour to employers to hire current or returning high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. STEP supports students in obtaining employment by helping them gain work experience, improve their job readiness, build transferable skills, and provide career awareness. Municipalities are eligible for STEP funding. For more information, please visit the website using the link above.
As of January 20, 2017 STEP is now accepting applications for 2017. The application deadline is February 24, 2017.
Budget 2016-17: $10 million
- 911 Grant Program
Alberta’s Emergency 911 Act came into force on April 1, 2014. The Act established the Alberta 911 Grant Program under the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. The objective of the 911 Grant Program is to strengthen and support local delivery of 911. This is being done using funding generated from a monthly 911 levy on cellphones, and by developing provincial standards for 911. All of this is being done in close collaboration with Alberta’s 911 centres.
The 911 grant money is separate from general government revenue and program administrative costs (including staff salaries) are paid out of the levy, not general government revenue. As such, the program is a self-sustaining, perpetual grant program. This funding is a statutory appropriation, so money can only be spent on the very specific purpose of 911 call answering. It is meant to enhance, not replace existing funding streams. Eligible costs include: staffing, training, hardware and software, resiliency, facility enhancements, and upgrades for “Next Generation” 911.
Only 911 centres can access the funding. In Alberta, 911 centres are primarily run by municipalities, but there are some run by regional collectives as well as private companies.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Estimated allocation to municipally run 911 centres for 2016-17: $15.4 million
- Alberta Community Partnership (ACP)
The objective of the ACP program is to improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities by providing support for regional collaboration and capacity-building initiatives.
The ACP program is designed to support municipalities in attaining the following key program outcomes:
- new or enhanced regional municipal services;
- improved municipal capacity to respond to municipal and regional priorities; and
- effective intermunicipal relations through joint and collaborative activities.
All municipalities in Alberta (i.e., cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, improvement districts, and special areas), Métis Settlements and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society are eligible to apply for funding under ACP.
Budget 2017-18 $18.5 million
- Disaster Recovery Program (DRP)
The DRP provides financial assistance to individuals, small businesses (including farming operations), not-for-profit cooperatives, municipalities and government departments for eligible uninsurable losses and damages caused by emergencies and disasters. It assists in providing or reinstating the basic essentials of life to individuals. The DRP is administered by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA). Please visit the website for more information.
Budget 2016-17: The DRP does not budget for disasters. The program is funded as disasters occur.
- Emergency Management Preparedness Program (EMPP)
The objective of the EMPP is to provide an effective and cost-efficient program for increased emergency management capacity that results in an increased number of trained emergency management practitioners. Key outcomes of the program include:
- Local authorities and volunteers have the required competencies and skills for emergency response;
- A greater capacity for Alberta communities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster emergencies.
Eligible projects include emergency management workshops, and regional municipal exercises and innovative programs that increase emergency management capabilities.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $0.15 million
- Emergency Operations Centre and Localized Disaster
The Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and Localized Disaster program may provide disaster recovery assistance to a small number of people, businesses or municipalities where the economic viability has been threatened and the cause of which was extraordinary, with damage or loss for which insurance was not readily and reasonably available before the disaster occurred.
For more information please visit the website.
Budget 2016-17: EOC and Localized Disaster does not budget for disasters. The program is funded as disasters occur.
- Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
The renewed Federal GTF was introduced in 2014 as a 10 year program running from 2014-15 to 2023-24. The GTF, a component of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP), is a federal program that provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Under the program, funding is provided to provinces and territories which in turn flow this funding to their municipalities and/or municipal associations. Under the renewed GTF, Alberta is expected to receive $1.08 billion in funding in the first five years of the program.
For more information, please visit the program website, or call a Municipal Affairs grant advisor at 780-422-7125, toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.
Budget 2017-18:$222 million
- Federal Small Communities Fund (SCF)
The Federal SCF assists communities with populations under 100,000 to complete infrastructure projects that contribute to economic growth, a cleaner environment and stronger communities. Under the SCF, Alberta will be allocated $94 million by the Federal Government and the Province will match the federal contribution giving municipalities a total of $188 million over 10 years.
Eligible applicants include Alberta municipalities, improvement districts, Metis Settlements, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows. The SCF project selection process is competitive; applications are evaluated against established criteria and projects with the highest scores are recommended for funding approval. The application deadline was April 2, 2015 and the program is now closed to new applicants. The list of approved projects can be found in the right-hand column.
- Fire Services and Emergency Preparedness Program (FSEPP)
The FSEPP has undergone changes and is now known as the Fire Services Training Program (FSTP). The Emergency Management Preparedness Program (EMPP) has also been created and may fund training for other types of emergency preparedness. Please check these programs out on the portal.
- Fire Services Training Program (FSTP)
This program supports the expansion and enhancement of regional fire service training. The objective is to provide an effective and cost-efficient mechanism for increased training capacity that results in a greater number of trained fire service personnel.
Key outcomes of the program include:
- Local authorities and volunteers have the required competencies and skills for fire and emergency response;
- To increase the capacity of Alberta communities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from fires.
Eligible projects include fire services training that meets the standards of the National Fire Protection Association and innovative training programs that increase fire personnel capabilities.
For more information, please use the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $0.5 million
- 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)
- Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Operating
Since 2007, municipalities have been allocated a total of $430 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Operating funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, summer village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible for MSI Operating funding based on their grant allocation.
To receive MSI Operating funding, a single operating spending plan is required and must be approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. The operating spending plan must reflect eligible expenses. These include those related to: planning, capacity building, municipal services, assistance to non-profit organizations; eligible costs must be for the purpose of providing good government, maintaining facilities or other activities/services that are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality, or to support the development and maintenance of safe and viable communities.
Budget 2017-18: $30 million
- Municipal Wildfire Assistance Program (MWAP)
The MWAP is a province-wide program developed by Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA). The program is intended to help reduce both the risk and loss associated with wildfires and is designed to assist municipalities with extraordinary costs for the suppression of wildfires when they occur.
For the purposes of eligibility, the term “wildfire” includes any unwanted or unplanned wild land fire that burns in forested or grassland areas anywhere in the province of Alberta other than the Forest Protection Area or on federal lands.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: MWAP does not budget for disasters. The program is funded as disasters occur.
- Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP)/ Water for Life
This project-specific program supports eligible municipalities with the capital construction of municipal water supply and treatment, and wastewater treatment and disposal facilities.
Municipalities with populations up to a maximum of 45,000, Regional Services Commissions, and eligible hamlets within rural municipalities may apply for this competitive project-based capital grant.
The AMWWP is a cost-shared program and provincial funding varies with the service population of the applicant. Under the Water for Life component, construction of regional water and wastewater systems may be provided with enhanced cost-shared funding.
The AMWWP is administered by the Ministry of Transportation. Applications for project funding must include a formal request for grant funding, a copy of the project proposal, a copy of the project plan and other supporting documentation. Program information can be found on the Alberta Transportation website.
Budget 2016-17: $130 million
- Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG)
The BMTG program provides allocation-based support to Alberta municipalities for capital transportation infrastructure.
Provincial grant funding is provided annually to municipalities for eligible priority transportation infrastructure. The Minister approves the annual allocations and municipalities must submit a list of proposed work (Application for Program Acceptance - APA) for coming years. APAs must be completed through the Transportation Department's online system: Municipal Grants Management Application (MGMA). Eligible capital projects include: construction and rehabilitation of local and regional roads and streets, rehabilitation and construction of municipal bridges, and municipally-owned infrastructure for transit service systems (e.g., light rail train lines and stations, bus terminals and transit passenger vehicles such as buses and light rail trains).
Effective April 1st, 2014, this program is consolidated with the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital Program, administered by Municipal Affairs. Applications proposing to use BMTG funding allocated in 2013 and previous years should continue to be submitted to Alberta Transportation.
More information about the BMTG can be found on the website.
- Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF)
Announced in September 2016, the Federal Government's PTIF will provide $347.2 million over three years (2016-17 to 2018-19), for public transit projects across Alberta. PTIF-funded projects will support rehabilitation of public transit systems, planning of future system improvements and expansions, enhanced asset management, and system optimization and modernization. Investments under this federal program will help reduce commute times, cut air pollution, strengthen communities and grow Canada's economy. For more information please see Infrastructure Canada's PTIF webpage.
In addition to PTIF funding, the Government of Alberta is also committing funding to support these projects. The types of projects eligible for the third call of GreenTRIP applications, which closed on August 31, 2016, were expanded to align with those eligible for PTIF. This change gives municipalities greater flexibility to maximize the use of both programs.
The PTIF has been fully subscribed; no new applications are being solicited. Alberta municipalities that have projects which meet the PTIF criteria have been asked to work with Alberta Transportation to move the projects forward.
Budget 2016-2019: $347.2 million
- Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP)
The GreenTRIP is a competitive, application-based program supporting public transit capital infrastructure projects that mutually support government and regional or municipal priorities.
Project-specific capital funding under the program is available to successful proponents, which may include: municipalities, regional entities and other groups partnering for eligible public transit initiatives. Eligible initiatives include the development and construction of local, regional and inter-municipal capital public transit projects.
Funds are allocated on a project-specific basis and the GreenTRIP program does have a cost-sharing requirement.
The GreenTRIP Program is administered by Alberta Transportation. Project submission forms and additional information can be accessed from the Alberta Transportation website. The deadline for third call for submission is August 31, 2016.
More information about GreenTRIP can be found on the website.
Budget 2016-17: $125 million
- Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP)
The STIP provides financial assistance to municipalities for developing and maintaining key transportation infrastructure that promotes economic growth and improves mobility, while also supporting job creation. STIP does this through strategic, project-specific investment in capital construction and rehabilitation of important local transportation infrastructure such as local road bridges, community airports and resource roads. Funding is provided to municipalities, based on highest project ranking, on a cost-share basis. The Minister of Transportation approves individual projects.
Budget 2015 restored funding to this critical program after STIP was unfunded for new projects for the three previous years. A total of 35 million in new funding for STIP is now available for 2017-18.
The government also consulted with municipalities and key stakeholders in spring 2016 to ensure the criteria and application process achieved the most efficient and cost-effective results possible upon reinstatement.
Applications are due February 3, 2017, for funding in the 2017-18 year.
More information about STIP can be found on the website.
Budget 2017-18: $35 million