Municipal Grants

Community Service Grants

The MD of Bighorn provides grants, to eligible recipients, for various purposes: to recognised Community Associations/Groups needing funds for recreation, culture, FCSS and facility-related projects; to organisations sponsoring special activities of benefit to MD residents as a whole; or other initiatives/causes/purposes of a broader scope, that will benefit the MD.

Grant applications are reviewed by the Community Services Board (CSB) in September each year. The entire budget is just over $20,000 so grants may be reduced or prioritised by CSB to fit their annual grant budget. Recommendations from the CSB are considered by Council as part of the annual budgeting process, and successful recipients are notified via email soon after the budget is finalised with funds being released in January of the grant year.

The deadline to apply for 2018 Community Services Board Grant funding is Friday August 25, 2017 so give Community Services a call at 403-673-3611 or 403-233-7678 to get more information on our grant application process. For more details on the program, follow these links:

Policy CS-8
CS-8 Grant Application 2017– this application can be used throughout the year to apply for Council Discretionary Grants which fall outside the annual Community Service Board Grant time frame.
CS Grant Accounting Form 2016 – a final report for all 2016 Community Services and Council Discretionary Grants.

CS-8 Grant Application 2018 – for 2018 Community Services Grants; will be due Friday August 25, 2017.
CS Grant Accounting Form 2017– is due August 18, 2017 – an interin report if the project is not completed or the final report for any 2017 Community Services and Council Discretionary Grants.


Community Volunteer Recognition Grants

We believe it is important to support the community organisations and the volunteers who provide so much to all of us. Do you belong to a local community organisation in the MD of Bighorn that could benefit from some funding to help with a project? If so, the MD also has a small grant fund for Community Volunteer Recognition Grants for events such as BBQ’s after community cleanup days or other community volunteer recognition projects. The grants are $50 each and distributed annually as equitably as possible across the MD on a first come first served basis.

Download the Volunteer Recognition Grant application form


Community Insurance Grant Program

The intention of this program is to provide community organizations with annual funding to offset the cost of general liability, and directors and officers insurance under specific parameters and conditions as set out in MD of Bighorn Policy CS-7: CS-7 Community Organization Insurance Program, the 2017 Community Insurance Grant Application applications are due March 31 each year.


2017 Community Service Grants

The MD Council is pleased to announce that the following organizations received 2017 Community Service Grant Funding totalling $16,152.

Cochrane Canada Day Celebrations
Exshaw Community Association
Ghost Waiparous Trail Association
Harvie Heights Community Association
KidSport Bow Valley
McDougall Stoney Mission Society
Water Valley Community Association
Water Valley Library Society

The MD also supports a number of other organizations on an annual basis through its regular budget process including:
Bow Valley 211 Service
Bow Valley Victim Services
Cochrane and Area Victim Services
Bow Valley Biosphere Institute
STARS Air Ambulance
Bighorn Library
Marigold Library System

2013 MD CS Grant Recipients
2014 MD CS Grant Recipients
2015 MD CS Grant Recipients
2016 MD CS Grant Recipients


Provincial Grants

The Government of Alberta offers a wide range of grant programs for non-profit organizations.
Alberta Culture – Grants

On December 5, 2016 updates and expansions to some of these grant programs were announced: Provincial Grants Media Release December 5, 2016

Community Facility Enhancement Program

This program helps support construction and renovation of public-use community facilities. Two distinct grant funding streams have been established.

  • the Small Funding Stream provides a maximum of $125,000 in project support.
  • the new Large Funding Stream will support projects of more than $125,000 to a maximum of $1 million.

Community Initiatives Program

  • A new Major Cultural and Sport Events stream will support national and international events with significant community benefit, such as boosting the local economy and helping tourism grow. A maximum grant of $250,000 will be available to eligible applicants.

Funding of the International Development grant stream has been increased to help Alberta-based non-profits involved in international development projects and also to address growing program demand.

Alberta Canada 150 Grants  announced December 16, 2016

Eligible registered non-profit organizations may apply for up to $25,000 through the Community Initiatives Program to support community-based projects marking Canadas sesquicentennial. The matching requirement will be set at $150 cash for each grant to encourage participation by small- and medium-sized groups. Projects must align with at least one of the four Canada 150 themes established by the federal government to be eligible.

Canada 150 Themes

  • diversity and inclusion, and building common interests and relationships
  • supporting efforts toward reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians
  • engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150
  • connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness

Quick facts

  • The Alberta Canada 150 Grant will provide non-profit groups with $2 million in existing funding in 2017.
  • Funding is not intended for celebratory events, but as a way to support projects initiated by small- and medium sized non-profit organizations that have not applied previously or received money through the Community Grants program.
  • Funding will come from the Community Initiatives Program (CIP). Since CIP requires applicants to match funds, the Alberta Canada 150 grant requires applicants to contribute $150 cash to be eligible to receive up to $25,000.
  • Applications will be accepted with a deadline of the fifteenth of each month, starting Jan. 15, 2017. The final deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2017.
  • All Alberta Canada 150 projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.


Lafarge Community Scholarship

This program benefits families in Exshaw and Lac des Arcs specifically. The scholarship is admininstered by the Banff Canmore Community Foundation with an annual application deadline of April 30.


Rotary Club of Canmore

The Rotary Club of Canmore has a semi-annual budget of funds available for Community organizations. Requests can range from $100.00 to $5000.00 and are specifically for organizations west of the Banff Park gates east to Exshaw. The spring funding deadline is March 31 with committee reviews and disbursements, for successful applicants, by May 1. If you should miss the spring deadline, fall submissions will be accepted up toOctober 15 reviewed and disbursed by December 1. There are guidelines for proposals. To learn more, any interested organizations should contact Donna Potter by email at


Banff Canmore Community Foundation

Engaging hearts and minds to build a stronger community. You make your community and your community makes you.

Community Grant– applications are due September 30 each year .