Apply for a Small Grant

Small Grants provide support for one-time, stand-alone needs, where timeliness is required.

Eligible organizations must:

  • Be registered with Canada Revenue Agency as a charity or qualified donee
  • Serve the Greater Edmonton Area, which includes the four surrounding counties and municipalities within them

Applying for a Small Grant

Small Grants typically respond to a stand-alone need, rather than contributing a small part towards a larger project. Requests typically fall between the range of $10,000 – $15,000.

Applications are open all year. A decision on an application may take up to four weeks once an application is submitted. Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

The annual budget of the Small Grants program is $500,000. With that in mind, please ask for what your organization needs. If your request significantly exceeds the typical range of a Small Grant request, your request may be transferred to the Community Grant Program instead.

FAQ for Small Grants

What are Small Grants?

Small Grants provide support for one-time, emerging needs, where timeliness is required.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a Small Grant your organization must:

How much funding is available?

The total funds available each year are $500,000 and will be distributed among successful applicants throughout the whole year. With that in mind, please ask for what your organization needs.

What requests are not eligible?

  • Replacing government cuts
  • Deficit funding
  • Retroactive requests
  • Travel costs outside of the Greater Edmonton Area
  • Requests from other funders to support operations, fundraising initiatives or granting programs
  • National or provincial initiatives without specific benefit to Edmonton
  • Annual funding drives and annual events
  • Grants primarily benefitting individuals
  • Faith-based programs
  • Private schools
  • Medical equipment and research
  • Capital campaigns or purchase of land and/or buildings

Can I apply for more than one small grant?

In general, organizations can receive one small grant per twelve-month period. Exceptions may be made when the charity is working in partnership with a non-profit representing a marginalized community. This is in recognition that there are systemic barriers to funding for some communities.

Where can I submit an application?

Applications can be submitted through our online portal.

What is the application deadline?

The small grant application is available all year. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis, as they are submitted. The review and decision process can take up to 4 weeks. ECF cannot provide funding for retroactive requests.

What grant reporting is required?

Small Grant reports are an online form found on our grants portal.

The report form will be added to the same user account that submitted the grant application approximately three months after the application has been approved.

The form is comprised of a number of short answer, drop-down menu, and multiple select questions. These questions address general information about your grant, staff resources allocated to your grant, grant impact, financial information, and any follow-up activities which your organization may be undertaking. You will also need to upload financials for the grant which clearly indicate where the grant money was spent. Receipts for expenses are not required.

Apply for a Small Grant