Edmonton Community Foundation supports requests from charities representing arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; human and social services; health and wellness; recreation and leisure; and the environment and conservation through its Community Grants Program and with other forms of assistance.
Because the impact of the economic downturn continues, funds available for disbursement are still limited. We encourage charities to contact staff members from our Grants department if further information is required.
An organization is eligible to apply to the Community Grants Program if it:
- is a not-for-profit organization serving greater Edmonton
- has a charitable registration number from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Applying for a Community Grant
1. Review Guidelines for Community Grants Program
2. Start the process with a phone call to the Foundation. This may lead to an in-person meeting, if desired, with Foundation staff available to offer help and to ensure your organization understands our processes and eligibility requirements.
3. Complete the Letter of Inquiry cover page and submit it with a Letter of Inquiry.
The Letter of Inquiry, written as a separate document, briefly describes the request and the amount of support sought. The Letter of Inquiry should not be more than three pages in length and should present a thoughtful and compelling case for support. The Letter of Inquiry should provide a rationale for the approach, a short outline of the project's budget (including other potential funders, if applicable), and a timeframe for the initiative.
4. Watch this video to learn more about applying for Community Grants.
Please note: Attachments such as letters of support, financial statements, or testimonials are not required at this stage. The Foundation will contact the applicant if more information is needed.
Charities who have received a grant from ECF and wish to learn more about recognizing the Foundation's support can click here for more information.
When to Submit
Letters of Inquiry are accepted anytime throughout the year. The Foundation holds four board meetings each year (April, June, September, and December) and considers grant proposals at each meeting. Applicants should apply well in advance (three to four months) of the anticipated start date of their initiative to allow Foundation staff time to conduct its due diligence for each request. The Foundation does not award funds for expenses incurred prior to the Board's decision date.
For More Information
Edmonton Community Foundation
Phone: (780) 426-0015 or toll free at 1-866-626-0015