Operating Grant

Big Lakes County’s Operating Grant program is available for eligible community organizations to assist with offsetting annual operating expenses. To be eligible, community organizations must be a registered society in good standing and must offer community services and programming in the areas of:

  • Community Hall/Facility;
  • Recreation/Cultural Programming;
  • Museum/Heritage;
  • Seniors Programming; 
  • Cemetery/Facility;

Council Policy ADMIN-55 Grant Funding Policy governs this program.

Who can apply

  • Community organizations who are a registered society within the province of Alberta;
  • Community organizations who have charitable status with the government of Canada;

What you need to apply

  • A complete application form (link below);
  • Current Financial Statements, signed by two executed officers that have been approved by your organization at it's AGM;
  • Most recent proof of filing;
  • Annual General Meeting minutes, from the year you're applying;
  • Signed grant agreement (in the application form);
  • Current years association budget;

Eligible activities

Big Lakes County uses a guideline to distribute funds based on the following priorities:

  • Maintenance of existing facilities;
  • Existing programming;
  • Intent to access matching grants;
  • New programming;

Ineligible activities

Funds cannot be used for expenses related to:

  • Start-up costs;
  • Endowment funds;
  • Field trips for entertainment;
  • Land and facility purchase;
  • Vehicles;
  • Individual Sponsorships, prizes, gratuities, gifts, and awards;

What you need to know

  • Late applications will not be accepted;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding;
  • No retroactive payments will be made;


For more information, please refer to the Grant Funding Policy or contact the Grants Officer at 780-523-5955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The deadline to apply is October 31 of each year. 

See the grant in action

Each year we fund approximately 30 community organizations throughout our County. To check out some examples of what some groups are doing, or to access these services yourself, click here and explore the tabs under the Community Driven Services - Maps tab on the right side of the page. 


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