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The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant program provides operating assistance to Edmonton's non-profit organizations whose activities benefit citizens of Edmonton.

New in 2016

As outlined in the CIOG Priorities and Guidelines effective in 2015 organizations with operating expenses over two million dollars will not be considered for a Community Investment Operating Grant. This will continue in 2017


Your organization’s primary mandate must fall under one of the following:

  • Social Services - social programs and activities that help the citizens of Edmonton to strengthen personal or community life.
  • Multicultural - promotion of human and group relations, in which ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic similarities and differences are valued, respected and exchanged.
  • Recreation/Amateur Sport - those activities and experiences in which an individual chooses to participate in his/her leisure time and includes, but is not limited to, athletic, physical, historical, natural science, cultural, social and intellectual activities

As well, your organization must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organization registered prior to October 15, 2015
  • Have the majority of its participants living in Edmonton
  • Provide direct on-going programs and services that improve quality of life primarily for residents of the City of Edmonton
  • Accomplish an adequate level of activity to merit a grant
  • Address the CIOG Priorities and Guidelines through their programs and services
  • Have open membership except for valid program factors (for example - age)
  • Use the grant to further the Applicant’s mandate as outlined in its constitutional documents
  • Demonstrate sound board and financial governance practices. Examples of unsound governance practices could include having a board member also in a paid staff role within the organization, lack of financial controls / review
  • Demonstrate initiative and success in generating diverse sources of funding
  • Submit application and required documents by the deadline
  • Have Year End Financial Statements that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for not for profit organization

Application Forms

The 2017 Community Investment Operating Grant Applications are now available.

2017 Application Guide
2017 Application Form (Part A)

2017 Application Form (Part B)

2017 Application Form (Part C)

Deadline for Submission: Friday October 14, 2016

CIOG Information Sessions

Information sessions will not be held this year. If you have any questions regarding how to fill out your application please contact the grants office at 780-496-4933 or email

Grant Allocation

Eligible organizations may receive up to 25% of their eligible operating expenses of the previous fiscal year. The maximum grant award will not exceed $20,000.

Grant awards are calculated by a formula taking into account the amount in the grant budget, the number of applicants, and the eligible operating expenses of the applicants.

Grant Program Priorities & Guidelines

2014-2016 CIOG Priorities and Guidelines

Past Community Investment Operating Grant Recipients

2016 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients

2015 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients

2014 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients

2013 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients

2012 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients
2011 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients
2010 Community Investment Operating Grant recipients

For More Information

Title Community Grants Office


Fax 780-577-3525

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