Grant Programs

Grants Overview

The MD of Bighorn provides grants to eligible organizations for a variety of purposes:

Creating an Account: Note that to submit an online form (see below) an organization is required to create an account with the MD of Bighorn, if it does not already have one. To create an account, click on the applicable form, then click on the link that says "signing in or creating an account." Next, enter the organization's email address, first and last name (these could be referring to the community association, such as ABCommunity [first name] Association [last name], provide a phone number and create a password (keeping the password available within the association's executive). When an account is created, forms can be saved in-progress and will be stored in the account and available at anytime.

Support: If you have any questions or would like any support with information regarding MD grants or possible grant options external to the MD of Bighorn, please feel welcome to contact Community Services: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca 

Late Submissions will NOT be accepted for review by the Community Services Board. Grant funds may or may not be available following the Community Services Board's recommendations to Council. It is an organization's sole responsibility to be aware of the grant programs' due dates and to manage the timing of their grant submissions. Grant submissions are time-stamped at the time of submission. 

Community Services Grants (CSG)

  • Function: Community Services Grants (CSG) are for an eligible  organization's operational and maintenance projects
  • Due Date: September 30th, for projects to be delivered the following year
  • How to Submit: Complete and submit the Community Services Grant online application
  • Timeline and process: Community Services Grants are reviewed by the Community Services Board (CSB) in October of each year. Recommendations from the CSB are then sent to Council for review. Applicants are notified by email after Council's review. Funds, if applicable, are released early the following year
  • Grant Accounting Reports must be submitted by January 31 following the grant-year

Council Discretionary Grant (CDG)

  • Function: Operational/maintenance projects after the CSG due date
  • Due Date: Ongoing, after the CSG due date
  • How to submit: Complete and submit the Council Discretionary Grant online application form
  • Timeline and process: Applications are submitted to Community Services and forwarded to the applicable Ward Councillor and then to Council for review, taking up to three months, after which time applicants are updated by email.
  • Grant Accounting Reports must be submitted by January 31 following the grant-year

Community Enhancement Program Grant (CEP)

  • Function: For eligible community organizations developing capital projects, i.e. structural projects that will endure for several/many years
  • Due Date: Available year-round
  • How to submit: Read the CEP Process (PDF), then submit the CEP online application form
  • Timeline and process: Initial discussion of the proposed project is with your Ward Councillor. If they support your project an application is submitted through Community Services for Council's review. Capital projects must be completed within a year.
  • Grant Accounting Reports must be submitted by January 31 following the grant-year

Community Organization Insurance Grant (OIG)

  • Function: Provides eligible organizations with up annual funding to support the cost of general liability and directors and officers insurance.
  • Due date: September 30, for insurance valid throughout the following year
  • How to submit: Complete and submit the Insurance Grant online form
  • Timeline and process: Applications are reviewed by Council with approved funds available early in the New Year
  • Grant Accounting Reports must be submitted by January 31 following the grant-year

Community Leadership Recognition Grant: Volunteers, Seniors, Youth, Citizens

  • Function: Financial support for eligible communities and organizations to recognize and celebrate community strengths, such as leadership within the community, volunteers, seniors and youth. The grant funds may be used for more than one event or may be added to an already existing event. There are 10 grants of $200.00 available annually with one maximum per organization or community
  • Due date: Available year-round
  • How to submit: Complete and submit the Volunteer / Citizen Recognition online form
  • Grant Accounting Reports must be submitted by January 31 following the grant-year

Previous Grants, 2023 - 2013

To view previous Community Service Grants, 2023 - 2013, use the link below:

Previous Community Services Grants, 2023 - 2013 (PDF)

Other Grant Opportunities

Your local library, including the Bighorn Library in Exshaw, provides grant searches on its computer desktops. Ask about the Grant Connect application.

The Banff Canmore Community Foundation provides grant opportunities to organizations in the MD of Bighorn. The Calgary Foundation also provides grants opportunities to organizations in the MD of Bighorn. Check eligibility for your region and your organization before you begin your application or ask for assistance from the MD of Bighorn's Community Services: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca

The Government of Alberta provides grants to eligible non-profits such as community associations. Previous successful applications have included grants such as the Community Facility Enhancement Program. Check eligibility for your region and your organization before you begin your application or ask for assistance from the MD of Bighorn's Community Services: doug.saul@mdbighorn.ca