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Other Grants & Bursaries

FNMI Bursary (through NADC)

Funded through the Northern Alberta Development Council, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Bursary is a return-of-service bursary to provide financial support to indigenous post-secondary students. Funding is provided to recipients in exchange for their commitment to live and practice in their field of study within the NADC boundary for one year of full-time employment for each year of bursary support received. Recipients who complete their return-of-service obligations do not have to repay the bursary funds.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be

  • First Nation status or non-status, Métis or Inuit
  • Over the age of 18
  • Alberta residents for 12 consecutive months before the start of their programs
  • Enrolled full time in a program and school designated for provincial funding
  • The program of must be a  minimum of 12 weeks in length
  • Not in default of a provincial student loan


Bursary value

  • $6,000 per year of study for students in
    • §Pre-employment programs leading to an apprenticeship
    • §A certificate or diploma program
  • $10,000 per year of study for students in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program 



Applications will be accepted throughout the school year and selection of recipients will take place in November 2015 and January 2016 for the 2015–16 school year.

For applications and additional information on the FNMI Bursary, please visit or contact the NADC directly at 780-624-6545.


Alberta's Promise 

Alberta's Promise is an Alberta Government initiative that was started in 2003 for the purpose of encouraging corporations and foundations to support children's programming and projects.  It does not charge money for its services and does not donate directly to any charity - it simply helps to match children's projects with donors and volunteer groups around the province.

  • If your non-profit group needs help finding volunteers, money or in-kind donations to support your children's programming or projects, your group should think about joining Alberta's Promise.  There is a simple online application join the program as a "Promise Agency" - and there is no cost!  Your program might find new donors from anywhere in Alberta, or perhaps develop a new relationship with a local group that wants to help, and there is no risk.
  • Does your company want to set up a corporate giving program - or perhaps endorse the volunteer efforts of your employees?  Alberta's Promise is also a good way for you to locate projects that fit with your corporate values - and get some recognition for your efforts.  You can sign up as a "Promise Builder", also at no charge.


Government of Alberta Grants Opportunities

Community Initiatives Program (CIP)    

  • Project-Based Grants - funding up to $75,000  
  • Community Operating Grants - funding up to $75,000  
  • International Development Grants - funding up to $25,000

Note: Program funding for travel is limited to $10,000. Program funding for technology upgrades is limited to $50,000.  Playgrounds are not eligible under CIP (please see CFEP). 


Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)    

  • Funding assistance to build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or improve facilities, or to plan or study such a project - funding up to $125,000.

Deadlines for CIP and CFEP: March 15 - June 15 - September 15 - December 15



Volunteer Police Information Check Program

Does your organization require police checks for your volunteers?  Your organization can apply for a Voluntary Organization Authorization number to allow processing of your volunteer police checks for free!  Check the website to see if your organization is eligible!

(Sponsored by the Alberta Culture and Community Spirit and Volunteer Alberta)



Career Focus Internship Program

CFIP is designed to provide a direct service to organizations by finding skilled students to help fill organizational needs.  The program pays $8.80/hr. for internships of 4 to 12 weeks.  CFIP pre-screens youth applicants and provides a 2-day orientation and career development workshop for interns, as well as ongoing administrative and trouble-shooting support.  There are no deadlines.

(Sponsored by the ACCA)


Society or Charity?

Almost all funders, including Big Lakes County, requires funded organizations to be registered Societies through the Alberta Government Corporate Registry.  If your group is not yet registered, consider working through that process as soon as possible as the benefits outweigh the paperwork required.  Visit the Corporate Registry to find out how.     

Do not confuse 'societies' with 'charities'.  Societies are registered provincially.  Charities are registered through the federal Canada Revenue Agency and must meet more stringent qualifications since they are allowed to collect charitable donations and issue tax receipts.

Not all societies can qualify as charities, and there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking that next step.  However, one big advantage is that fundraising options are much broader for charities:

  • Charities can issue tax receipts to donors, which can be a big incentive to giving.
  • Most private or corporate foundations cannot give to groups that are not registered charities, so having charitable status opens up new sources of funding.

If your group is considering applying for charitable status, visit the CRA website:

Allow lots of time for the charitable application process - it will take at least a year to process your application, and it can take considerable time to put the application together.