ECF Parking Map

Access to Hilltop House is via the alley (Slatter Way) south of 100 Ave. - between 103 and 104 Street (opposite the Freemason Hall).

Please park in the reserved parking area in front of the building.

Hilltop House: 9910 103st


An organization is eligible to apply to the Community Grants Program if it:

  • is a not-for-profit organization serving the greater Edmonton area, and
  • has a charitable registration number from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Community Grants support a wide range of programs, projects, and organizational needs.

Grants to agencies which have worked with ECF recently (i.e. a project completed and reporting provided) are usually under $80,000. Grants to agencies with which ECF does not have a recent (i.e. within the last five years) relationship are usually under $40,000.

An organization that is not a registered charity wishing to apply for funding from the Foundation may consider the following:

  • Make formal application to CRA to become a registered charity,


  • Establish a written partnership relationship with a registered charity (a “Charity”) that would apply for funds for the proposed project from the Foundation. CRA states that the relationship between the registered Charity and the non-charitable organization (the “NPO”) be formalized and documented before a grant can be awarded. (visit CRA website for more details)

Applying for a Community Grant

  • Review Guidelines for Community Grants Program
  • Start the process with a phone call to the Foundation to discuss our processes and eligibility requirements and whether your idea will fit. This may lead to an in-person meeting, if desired, with Foundation staff.

To apply for this program, register an account to access the online application:

  • You will need to register an account to apply online (top right hand corner of page)
  • Enter in a user name, e-mail address, and password (twice for confirmation)
  • Once you sign up, the system will automatically send an e-mail to activate your account (if not in your inbox, check your junk folder)
  • Copy and paste the link provided in the e-mail into a web browser and your account will be updated
  • Log in and select the appropriate application (Letter of Inquiry for Community Grants Program requests)
  • Note the deadlines for the specific application (once closed, information cannot be accessed)
  • Start the online application for the Community Grants Program

If you’ve already registered:

  • Log in using your user name and password previously created
  • If you’ve forgotten your password, please e-mail to help reset your password
  • Log in and select the appropriate application (Letter of Inquiry for Community Grants Program requests)
  • Note the deadlines for the specific application (once closed, information cannot be accessed)

Why do we use a two-stage process? The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) stage is a means to assist applicants. First, for projects which are unlikely to be funded for any reason, it prevents the organization from dedicating time and resources to developing a full proposal that will not be successful. Second, it allows ECF staff the opportunity to raise questions in the Request for Proposal letter which can strengthen the final proposal which is reviewed by our advisory committees.

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.

When to Submit

We have a continual intake of LOIs, which allows us to review each on its own merit and respond promptly with questions and feedback. We encourage charities to apply early (at least two weeks before the deadline)! There are more opportunities to provide support for charities that apply early, along with increased time to write a strong proposal.

The Foundation does not provide retroactive funding.

The annual deadlines to submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) are:

March 1 for funding requests after June 1 (online applications available Dec 2)

June 1 for funding requests after September 1 (online application available March 2)

Sept 1 for funding requests after December 1 (online application available June 2)

Dec 1 for funding requests after March 1 (online application available Sept 2)