Grant Application FAQ

Edmonton Community Foundation offers several opportunities for registered charities to apply for funding. Here you will find the answers to several frequently asked questions about the application and reporting processes for our granting streams including: Community Grants, Small Grants, Vital Signs Grants and Young Edmonton Grants.

Once directed to the ECF grant application online portal, click on Register in the top right corner. You’ll be directed to set up a Username (simple and generic is better), enter an e-mail address, and password (twice to confirm).
After you’ve submitted this information, an automated e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address included in the registration. If you didn’t get an automated e-mail in your inbox see the next question.

If you didn’t receive an automated e-mail to activate your account in your inbox, it may have gone into your junk folder. Copy and paste the link included in the e-mail into a browser and your account will then be activated. If you cannot find the activation e-mail, please contact to activate your account. Be sure to include the username you registered in your e-mail.

If you’ve forgotten your username or password to access the online application, please e-mail If you have forgotten your username, please include the email address used to activate the account. If you’ve forgotten your password, please include either the username or email address used to activate the account. We will issue a new temporary password; you are responsible for changing the password once you have regained access to the account.

ECF supports a wide range of sectors, community needs, organizational needs, and types of projects and programs. If you want to discuss a specific idea, please contact the Grants team at or at 780-426-0015.

Each application will be evaluated holistically on its own merits, considering whether the applicant has demonstrated:

  • Likelihood of a benefit to the greater Edmonton area
  • An appropriate plan
  • The capacity to implement the project
  • A reasonable budget and timeframe
  • Appropriate partners
  • A plan for sustainability of the project (if applicable), impact, and organizational capacity

ECF grants are not designed to support:

  • Deficit funding
  • Contributions to endowments
  • Annual funding drives and annual events
  • Faith-based programs
  • Private schools
  • Major medical equipment and research, capital campaigns or purchase of land and/or buildings
  • Grants primarily benefiting individuals (such as scholarships)
  • Funding to replace recent government program cuts
  • Requests from other funders to support operations, fundraising initiatives or granting programs
  • National or provincial initiatives without specific benefit to Edmonton
  • Any expenses incurred prior to the Foundation’s decision date, or
  • Grants to agencies that have unrestricted reserve funds in excess of one’s year’s operating expenses.

If you would like to see what types of questions are asked on the preliminary online application for Community Grants (over $10,000), you can see them here. Note: the exact wording of questions in the live application may change from time to time.

If you would like to see what types of questions are asked on the Small Grant application, $10,000 or under, you can see them here. Note: the exact wording of questions in the live application may change from time to time.

For Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) Reporting Guidelines, click here.

If you received a Community Grant, Small Grant, or Vital Signs grant after January 1, 2018 you will receive an email notifying you when you have access to your online report. If you do not receive an email, contact The report is comprised of a series of short answer, drop-down menu, and multiple select questions. These questions address general information about your project, staff resources allocated to your project, project impact, financial information, and any project follow-up activities which your organization may be undertaking. You will also need to upload financials for the project the grant supported, which clearly indicate where the grant money was spent.

If you received a Community Grant, Small Grant, of Vital Signs grant before January 1, 2018 contact for reporting guidelines.