Bow Valley Non-Profit Funding Resources
This page provides Bow Valley Non-Profits with funding support documents as well as local, provincial and federal funding opportunities for non-profit organizations.
Please get in touch to add a funding resource or opportunity.
Statistic & Demographics Resources
Funding applications often require research into statistics and demographic data that help support the application. Below are some useful resource links.
- Statistics Canada – Statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture. Stats Canada conduct a Census every five years, as well as 350 active surveys on virtually all aspects of Canadian life.
- Immigration and settlement research from the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership.
- Town of Banff – Community Social Assessments – A snapshot in time of Banff’s social well-being and vitality – strengths, assets and opportunities, alongside issues and challenges.
- Town of Banff – Recreation Master Plan Phase 2 – This includes; Recreation Grounds Redevelopment Plan, Trails Master Plan, Recreation Programs and Services Master Plan and Recreation Facilities Master Plan.
- Town of Canmore – Community Monitoring Report (2018) – A summary of key Town of Canmore indicators that provide local information about past and current trends.
- Town of Canmore – Culture Master Plan (2020) – This plan is the result of an investigation into cultural practice in Canmore – how it emerged, how it serves the community, and what is needed to ensure continued growth.
- Town of Canmore – Recreation Master Plan (2016) – Guides decision-making and efforts related to recreation spaces and services, ultimately enhancing the value of recreation in the local area.
- Bow Valley Non-Profit Survey Report (2020) – Survey to examine how non-profit and community organizations are being impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic. View key themes that emerged.
- Bow Valley Non-Profit Survey Report (2015) – The intent of this survey was to increase understanding of supports and resources that may be required as well as gaining a “snapshot in time” of the overall health of our non-profits and community groups in terms of current human, financial and operational resources.
Local & Provincial Funding Opportunities
- Charitable Gaming | Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) – Alberta has a unique charitable gaming model. It is the only province in Canada where charitable organizations are licensed to conduct and manage casino events. AGLC also licenses charitable organizations to fundraise through bingo, as well as selling raffle and pull tickets.
- Town of Canmore – Community Grants – Community Event Grant and a Community Initiative Grant.
(Both postponed due to COVID-19)
- Town of Banff – Community Grants – For registered non-profit charities and societies in Banff. Projects, programs, events, operating costs, equipment or start-up funds that benefit Banff residents and enhance their quality of life in accordance with the Town of Banff’s vision, goals, and strategic priorities. Grants up to $5,000. Total grant money available is $10,000 for all grants awarded.
- Town of Banff – Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) – Building Bridges Grant – For community and neighbourhood groups and individuals in Banff and Lake Louise. Projects that fit with the FCSS mission of strengthening the social well-being of individuals, families and community (recreation initiatives that achieve this mission will be considered). Typical grant size is between $100 and $2,000. Total grant money available is $6,000.
* This is one of the few grants available to non-profit organizations who are not registered.
- The Banff Canmore Community Foundation – Grants & Scholarships – Awards Community Grants on an annual basis across the following sectors to qualified donees: arts, education, environment, health, heritage, and recreation and social services. Outside of the granting cycle, the foundation also awards three scholarships: the Lafarge Education Endowment Fund scholarship, the Marika Laub Memorial Scholarship, and the Christie Foreman & Christopher Wong Scholarship Endowment Fund.
- LaFarge Community Support Grants – Each year, Lafarge contributes volunteer time, in-kind donations and funding to a range of organizations committed to building local communities. To help guide sponsorship and support, Lafarge looks for projects that support these three core community values: education, environment and sustainable construction.
- Bow Valley Credit Union Sponsorships – Bow Valley Credit Union is actively focused on growing the communities where we live and work. Through our Community Investment Program, BVCU helps our communities grow stronger and become better places to live through sponsorships and donations. We are focused and proactive with emphasis on our youth and community based projects.
- Calgary Foundation Grants – Exists to support charitable organizations working to build a community where everyone feels they belong. With over 60 years of community leadership, we are proud to partner with hundreds of organizations each year through thoughtful, impactful and innovative grants.
- Canmore Rotary – Founded in 1991, the Rotary Club of Canmore has raised more than one million dollars to support a wide variety of local and international projects – each serving to raise the profile of Canmore internationally, as well as help individuals and local community groups tackle activities which contribute to the quality of life in the Bow Valley and in many communities in developing countries.
- Municipal District of Bighorn – Grants – Provides grants, to eligible recipients, for various purposes. Applications are reviewed by the Community Services Board in September each year.
- IODE 100th Anniversary Grant Program – In 2000, IODE Canada’s 100th Anniversary gift to Canada was an ongoing grant program open to an individual or group specializing in developing and implementing ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. This award is given in alternate years to professionals working to prevent or alleviate child abuse and neglect.
TIP: A Grants Database can help you identify grants available specific to your project. The Banff Public Library hosts the Grant Connect Database. A copy of the Canadian Subsidy Directory: Subsidies, Grants and Loans are available through Town of Canmore FCSS.
Alberta Government Provincial Funding
Community Initiatives Program (CIP) – Supports not-for-profit organizations by providing funds to enhance and enrich project-based initiatives throughout Alberta. Supports initiatives such as community services, seniors services, libraries, arts and culture, sports, educations, health and recreation.
- Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) – Assists Alberta’s municipalities and not-for-profit organizations with the costs of planning, upgrading and developing a wide range of community-use facilities and places which enhance community life and citizen well-being.
- Funding Sources (Volunteer Alberta) – A compilation of some excellent funding sources.
- Funding Opportunities and Awards (The Alberta Council For Global Cooperation) – An updated list of funding opportunities and awards.
- Funding a non-profit (Alberta.ca) – Grant programs and fundraising licences and resources for non-profit companies, societies and charitable organizations.
- Grants and Funding – Resources – Home (Alberta Healthy Communities Hub) – A list of different funding options to support community planning, capacity building
- Emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations (Alberta.ca) – Information on the emergency funding from the Alberta government as part of the COVID-19 response.
Government of Canada Federal Funding
- Funding – Canada.ca – Funding programs for jobs, training, and social development projects.
- Emergency Community Support Fund (Canada.ca) – Investing $350 million to help community organizations serve vulnerable Canadians during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Community Forward Fund – $12 million fund that provides innovative financing to community organizations throughout Canada.
- Government Funding Programs (CharityVillage) – Curated this list of Canadian government grant programs to help.
- A Non-Profit Organization in Canada’s Guide to COVID-19 Governmental Supports and Programs (CanadaHelps) – Outlines the measures undertaken by the Federal and Provincial governments in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the employment supports available to Canada’s charitable sector.