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Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits, IHEs, and Native Settlements
to Acquire, Build, and Improve Public Facilities

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Government of Alberta

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 - Deadline for Small Funding Stream applications only; Large Funding Stream applications are due on October 1.


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Grants to Alberta nonprofits, libraries, higher education institutions, First Nations, and Metis settlements for the construction, acquisition, upgrade, renovation, or expansion of public community facilities. Eligible facilities may be used for cultural, sports, recreational, and other public-use purposes. The goal of the program is to enhance the lifespan and support the creation of public-use community facilities, and to stimulate economic activity across the province. CFEP offers grants in both small and large funding streams.

A public-use community facility is generally a place, building, or amenity that facilitates specific types of community-use activities (e.g. recreation, sport, culture, heritage, social, community services). It may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the following type of projects:
-A permanent (community hall) or semi-permanent (gazebo) built structure
-Parks (e.g. splash parks, skate parks, fitness spaces, dog parks)
-Playgrounds (children’s play equipment)
-Natural areas (e.g. picnic areas, green spaces, wetlands, botanical gardens, trail development)
-Outdoor spaces (e.g. campsites, sport fields, outdoor pools, outdoor rinks, baseball diamonds).

Eligible CFEP projects may include the following:
-New facility: Construct facility for the provision of a new or existing service
-Purchase facility: Acquire facility to deliver new or existing service
-Retrofit existing facility space: Redevelop, convert, arrange, or rearrange existing spaces based on evolving needs
-Renovations: Includes restoring, refurbishing, upgrading, or other initiatives to improve the general conditions of a facility to extend its useful life, not regular repairs and upkeep required to maintain and operate the facility
-Equipment: Unlicensed motorized vehicles, appliances, furniture, and equipment integral to supporting a public-use community facility
-Architectural, engineering, and design fees required for the planning and design of capital construction projects
-Facility assessment, lifecycle analysis, planning, or feasibility studies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177499

Estimated Size of Grant:

- CFEP Small Funding stream maximum funding request is $125,000. Organizations may be considered for up to $10,000 non-matching funding.

- The CFEP Large Funding stream is for projects requesting over $125,001 and up to $1 million.

Term of Contract:

The Small Funding Stream project completion timeframe is 18 months from date of check.

The Large Funding Stream project completion timeframe is 30 months from date of the grant agreement.

Multi-year funding is not being considered, as applicants have the opportunity to request larger grant amounts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following community nonprofit organizations registered (and in good standing) under one of the following Acts are eligible to apply for CFEP funding:

Provincial Legislation
-Agriculture Societies Act
-Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act - Extra-Provincial Corporations*
-Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
-Companies Act, Part 9 (Nonprofit Companies)
-Libraries Act
-Societies Act of Alberta
-Special Act of the Alberta Legislature

Federal Legislation:
-Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
-Canada Not-For-Profit Corporations Act must be registered in Alberta Under the Business Corporation Act
-Income Tax Act (of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (Charities))

Other eligible applicants include:
-First Nations and Métis Settlements
-Foundations established and regulated under the province's Regional Health Authorities Act
-Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under Alberta's Post-secondary Learning Act

Organizations must have an Alberta based address which must be regularly monitored by an active member of the organization.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding under CFEP:
-For-profit organizations
-Any other organizations not registered under one of the above mentioned Acts
-Organizations that have overdue or incomplete accounting or reporting relating to any grant previously awarded by Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

The following projects are not eligible for funding within CFEP:
-Private or commercial sector facilities, facilities with restricted or extremely limited public-use, private residential or group housing facilities, places of worship or church sanctuaries, costs related to any gaming activity, the purchase and installation of gaming equipment, upgrades to facilities that provide gaming activities (e.g. bingo halls, casinos, horse racing tracks), or debt reduction.
-Core or essential municipal facilities and utilities which are the responsibility of the municipality (e.g. municipal administration buildings, roads, sidewalks), facilities that receive regular budgeted provincial and federal capital support (e.g. hospitals, national parks), and school facilities or post-secondary institution infrastructure projects for academic purposes or facilities that provide provincially regulated programs and/or services or training for accredited programs.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

CFEP Small Funding Stream Annual application deadlines:
- January 15
- May 15
- September 15

Applicants will be notified about the results during the following times:
- July (for January 15 deadline)
- November (for May 15 deadline)
- March (for September 15 deadline)

CFEP Large Funding Stream timeline:
- Annual application deadline: October 1
- Applicants will be notified about the results in March of the following year.

Organizations who wish to switch CFEP funding streams will need to contact program staff and may be required to withdraw their current CFEP application and reapply on the next deadline date with a new application.

CFEP funding is only approved on a matching basis. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the CFEP grant request towards the expenses of the project. The matching funding may be in the form of cash or donated labor, equipment or materials, all of which must be specifically related to the project.

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application packages can be emailed to or mailed to:

Community Facility Enhancement Program
Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women
Suite 212, 17205 – 106A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1M7

Main line: 780-422-9598
Toll-free: 1-800-642-3855

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