Your organization’s primary mandate must fall under one of the following:
- Social Services - social programs and activities that help Edmontonians to strengthen personal or community life.
- Multicultural - promote individual and group relations, in which ethnic, racial, religious and language similarities and differences are valued, respected and shared.
- Recreation/Amateur Sport - those activities and experiences in which individuals choose to participate in their leisure time, such as: athletic, physical, historical, cultural, social and intellectual activities.
Your organization must also:
- Be a not-for-profit organization registered for at least a year.
- Have the majority of its participants living in Edmonton.
- Provide direct ongoing programs and services that improve quality of life primarily for Edmontonians.
- 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 organizations.
The applicant for a Community Investment Operating Grant must not:
- Receive operating funds allocated by any other City of Edmonton source including City Council, Committees of City Council or grants administered by the Edmonton Arts Council or Edmonton Heritage Council.
- Use the grant for capital purposes, including but not restricted to, the purchase of land, equipment, fixtures or physical facilities.
- Use the grant, directly or indirectly, to further a profit venture.
- Be in arrears of payments to their accounts with the City of Edmonton.
- Have outstanding reports for any previous grants received from the City of Edmonton.
- Pay Board members for their role on the board or as paid employees (some exceptions may be considered).