Main page content begins here

Funding for new immigrant, refugee communities in the process of settling and integrating.

The Emerging Immigrant and Refugee Community (EIRC) Grant Program aligns with the City’s business plan by supporting immigrant and refugee communities who are new to Edmonton and in the process of settling and integrating. EIRC Grants provide assistance to:

  • Rent space
  • Host community events
  • Strengthen cultural identity and pride
  • Partner and collaborate with other community not-for-profit organizations to address gaps in existing programs and services

For Online Applications

Before You Apply
  • Get to know the grant purpose, policy and guidelines
  • Read the grant guide for each grant program to ensure you qualify
  • Ensure you have your Account ID and registered organization email with the City of Edmonton Grants Office
Do you know your Grant Account ID?

With our online grant applications, you will need two pieces of information to apply to any grant program:

  1. Your City of Edmonton grants assigned account ID
  2. Your organization or applicant email that is registered with the City of Edmonton Grants Office

To create or retrieve your City of Edmonton account ID:

  • Fill out the Account ID Request Form and a city employee will get back to you within 2 business days with your account information

  If you have any issues with the online application form, please call the Grants Office for assistance at 780-496-4933.

Filling out the Application

Have you already started an application? Search for your application so you do not have to start over. Need to start a new application? Start a brand new application.

Need to update your account information?

Once you enter your Account ID and Organization email, your account information will automatically populate on the application. If you noticed that your information is not correct in our system (for example, an address change or main contact change), please contact our office as soon as possible to update your account. Incorrect information can result in a delay or inability to process your grant request.

To update your account:

Community Event Grant

Grant Information

Community Event Grants help emerging immigrant and refugee community organizations to celebrate events meaningful to their community. These gatherings help reduce isolation and build stronger communities.

Requirements
  • Be an Edmonton-based immigrant or refugee community organization supporting community members in their initial stages of settling and/or integrating
  • Be registered as a not for profit organization for at least 1 year
  • Have a bank account in the organization’s name
  • Be up to date with reports from previous grants received from the City of Edmonton
  • Be able to pay the event expenses not covered by the grant
Eligible Expenses
  • Rental of event space
  • Rental of audio visual equipment
  • Food/Catering (includes disposable dishes and cutlery)
  • Insurance
Guidelines

Event grants are 50% of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $2,500. Applications can be submitted with receipts after an event. Organizations can receive a maximum of 2 Community Event Grants per calendar year.

Applications can be submitted up to 90 days after an event and may take 2-4 weeks to process.

Required Attachments

  • Community Event Expense Form
  • Proof of Annual Filing stamped by Corporate Registries
  • Photocopied receipts or proof of payment
  • Most recent year-end financial statement approved at an Annual General Meeting

If applying for the first time also attach:

Space Rental Subsidy Grant

Grant Information

The Space Rental Subsidy assists emerging immigrant and refugee communities to cover the cost of renting space for their organization and/or programs.

Eligibility and Requirements
  • Be an Edmonton-based immigrant or refugee community organization supporting community members in their initial stages of settling or integrating
  • Be registered as a not for profit organization for at least 1 year
  • Be up to date with reports from previous grants received from the City of Edmonton
  • Be able to pay the rent not covered by the subsidy
  • Have a bank account in the organization’s name
Not Eligible
  • Space for activities of a religious or political purpose
  • Sublease of space that already gets a space subsidy under this grant program
  • Insurance, damage deposits, storage units
  • Residential property used by an organization
  • Space rental outside of the City of Edmonton
  • Event space (may apply for a Community Event Grant and include the cost of renting space for the event)

Guidelines

  • Subsidies help with rental costs in the calendar year (January to December)
  • 60% subsidy for commercial space up to a maximum of $5,000 a year
  • 80% subsidy of not-for-profit or public facilities such as community leagues, schools, or cultural halls up to a maximum of $6,000 a year
  • Applications are accepted anytime and can take 4-6 weeks to process

Required Attachments

Please attach the following to your online application:

  • Copy of signed rental agreement or​ lease
  • Most recent bank statement
  • Proof of annual filing with Corporate Registries
  • ​Most recent year-end financial statement approved at an Annual General Meeting
  • ​Minutes of the most recent Annual General Meeting

If applying for the first time also attach:

Final Report

The EIRC Space Rental Subsidy Final Report Form must be submitted by the deadline and include copies of receipts or proof of payment. An overdue final report could result in the group not receiving future grants from the City of Edmonton.

Cultural Heritage Project Grant

Grant Information

Grants of up to $5,000 to support emerging immigrant or refugee community organizations delivering projects or programs that strengthen cultural identity and pride including cultural dance, music, art, theatre, and heritage language.

Eligibility and Requirements
  • Be an Edmonton-based immigrant or refugee community organization supporting community members in their initial stages of settling and/or integrating
  • Be registered as a not for profit organization for at least one year
  • Have a bank account in the organization’s name
  • Be up to date with reports from previous grants received from the City of Edmonton
  • Not receive any other City of Edmonton funding for the project
  • Be able to pay the project expenses not covered by the grant

The project must:

  • Strengthen the cultural identity, understanding, knowledge, or pride of community members
  • Take place within the City of Edmonton
  • Not be religious or political

What cannot be funded:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, or other controlled or restricted substance
  • Capital expenditures (furniture, computers, sound equipment)
  • Travel within or outside of Edmonton (mileage, gas, car/truck rental, airfare)
  • Recreational activities (sports, field trips)
  • Expenses not approved in the budget

Required Attachments

Please attach the following to your online application:

  • ​Most recent bank statement
  • Copy of insurance policy
  • Proof of annual filing with Corporate Registries
  • Most recent ​year-end financial statement approved at an Annual General Meeting​
  • Project Budget and Report Form

If applying for the first time also attach:

Final Report

Budget and Financial Report Form

Cultural Heritage Project

Program Delivery Partnership Grant

Grant Information

Providing support up to $100,000 for partnerships between established service providers and community organizations from within emerging immigrant or refugee communities. By working together, these partnerships will increase the involvement of Edmontonians from all cultural backgrounds and provide opportunities for partners to learn from one another. 

In 2018, priority will be given to partnerships that:

  • Employment skills training, job mentorship and/or on-the-job training 
  • Connecting youth from all backgrounds 
  • Creating opportunities for culturally diverse inter-generational activities or programs

Partnerships should involve at least 1 partner who is:

  • Registered as a not for profit or public organization that has delivered programs or services in the community for at least 8 years
  • Financially sustainable with a variety of funding sources
  • Recognized in the broader community for their credibility and expertise
  • Sound governance practices including annual general meeting documentation, year end financial statements that follow generally accepted accounting procedures, proof of annual filing with Corporate Registry

At least 1 partner who has:

  • Been registered as a not for profit organization from within an emerging immigrant or refugee community
  • Sound governance practices including annual general meeting documentation, year-end financial statements that follow generally accepted accounting principles, proof of annual filing with Corporate Registry
  • Positive grant history with the City of Edmonton

Ineligible activities and expenses:

  • Purchase of alcohol and other restricted materials
  • Travel expenses
  • Capital expenses, mortgage payments, debt repayment
  • Programs or services of a political or religious nature

How to Apply

The application process has the following steps:

  1. Call 780-496-4933 to speak with a Grant Coordinator about the partnership idea before submitting a letter of intent.

  2. Submit your Letter of Intent via email at grants@edmonton.ca

  3. Following the review of the letters of intent, organizations  may be invited to complete an application form.

Deadlines for Letters of Intent

First Round: March 2, 2018 at 11:59pm
Second Round: September 7, 2018 at 11:59pm

For More Information

Title Community Grants Office
Telephone

780-496-4933

Fax 780-577-3525
Email grants@edmonton.ca

End of page content. Please choose between the following five options:

Back to main menu Back to current page menu and content View current page breadcrumb Back to site search Continue to page footer content