Frequently Asked Questions:  Community Inclusion grants

Who can apply for a Community Inclusion grant?
Any “municipality” or “municipal authority” as identified by the Alberta Municipal Government Act.

Can we apply for a Community Inclusion grant if we are not a municipal government?
No. Non-profit organizations and public institutions that are seeking funding for projects that have a goal of building inclusive communities may wish to make an application for a Human Rights Projects grant

What considerations will strengthen our application?
• Does your project plan and strategy lead to strengthening the intended outcomes of the WIC, CCMARD or similar strategy?
• Does your project address a defined municipal need?
• Are internal and/or external stakeholders being engaged in the process?
• What are the intended impacts and outcomes of this project?
• Is this project feasible within the 12 month timeframe?
View how your application will be rated on the Community Inclusion Assessment form.

Why Indigenous are issues specifically identified in the list of project examples?
Municipal and community stakeholders have identified that inequality and discrimination faced by Indigenous people must be addressed. Some municipalities have used national and international documents to assist in the development of their Indigenous inclusion strategies. Nine of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action relate directly to actions that can be taken by municipal governments. In addition, several Articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples relate to human rights and discrimination.

Can we get advice and feedback on our grant proposal before we submit it?
Yes. Please give us time to review your proposal and provide you with feedback before the deadline. Contact Cam Stewart by email at cam.stewart@gov.ab.ca  or phone at 403-476-4657. Call toll-free by dialing 310-000 then entering the phone number.

What is the process for applying for a grant?
1. Complete and submit an application before the deadline. A consultation is recommended, but not mandatory.
2. We will acknowledge receipt of your application.
3. A consultant may contact you to clarify information provided on your application.
4. We will assess your application and make a recommendation on your application to the Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
5. We will notify you after the Minister reviews your application and makes a decision.

How long will it take before we know if our grant application has been approved?
Municipalities are normally advised early in the following calendar year.

What is the maximum amount I can apply for?
The maximum amount for the Community Inclusion grant is $10,000.  The approved grant amount will be based on the requirements of the project, the benefits to Albertans and funds available within the grant program.

Can a municipality apply for this grant more than once?
Yes, but not in the same government of Alberta fiscal year.  The projects in each grant application should be separate and distinct from one another and will need to be reported separately. 

What is the maximum time allowed to complete the project being funded? 
Projects should be completed within twelve months from the time the grant is approved. 

When should we plan to start our project? 
As soon as you receive written approval of your grant, you can start your project.

Where can we find examples of other projects you have funded?
You can read about previous projects and past recipients on the Commission website.

Can we get feedback on our project after the grants have been awarded?
Yes, we encourage you to contact a grant consultant throughout your project. You are also encouraged to seek support from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Network.

What other resources are available to support our project?
We encourage you to use many of the resources found in the AUMA Toolkit. The Commission and AUMA also provide networking and learning opportunities for grant recipients. 

If we are unsuccessful, can we re-apply with the same project at the next deadline?
You may contact a grant consultant to find out why your proposal was denied and options for funding in the future. 

 

 
Revised: August 2017
 

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