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

The Emerging Immigrant and Refugee Community (EIRC) Grant Program aligns with the City of Edmonton’s interest in 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

The City of Edmonton is currently in the process of reviewing The Emerging Immigrant and Refugee Community Grant Program

Effective January 01, 2020 

The Space Rental Subsidy will continue to be available.  

Community Event Grants will be available for events that happened in 2019 if an application is submitted within 90 days of the event.

All other EIRC grants will be on pause until results of the review are considered.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

For more information about the available grants, please contact the Grants office. 

  • Call: 780-496-4933
  • Email

For more information about the Grant Review, please contact Janna Plewes at 780-944-7445.

Apply Online

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.

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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:

Space Rental Subsidy Grant

Grant Information

The Space Rental Subsidy assists emerging immigrant and refugee communities with 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)


  • 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:

  • Bylaws of the Organization (stamped by Corporate Registries)
  • If your organization hasn't set up Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) with the City of Edmonton or your EFT information requires updating, please also complete the EFT Information Form and send to the email address at the bottom of the form

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 organization with an overdue report is not eligible for any City of Edmonton grants until the report is submitted and approved. 

For More Information

Title Community Grants Office


Fax 780-577-3525

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