FNMI Bursary (through NADC)
Funded through the Northern Alberta Development Council, the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Bursary is a return-of-service bursary to provide financial support to indigenous post-secondary students. Funding is provided to recipients in exchange for their commitment to live and practice in their field of study within the NADC boundary for one year of full-time employment for each year of bursary support received. Recipients who complete their return-of-service obligations do not have to repay the bursary funds.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be
Applications will be accepted throughout the school year and selection of recipients will take place in November 2015 and January 2016 for the 2015–16 school year.
For applications and additional information on the FNMI Bursary, please visit benorth.ca or contact the NADC directly at 780-624-6545.
Alberta's Promise is an Alberta Government initiative that was started in 2003 for the purpose of encouraging corporations and foundations to support children's programming and projects. It does not charge money for its services and does not donate directly to any charity - it simply helps to match children's projects with donors and volunteer groups around the province.
Government of Alberta Grants Opportunities
Note: Program funding for travel is limited to $10,000. Program funding for technology upgrades is limited to $50,000. Playgrounds are not eligible under CIP (please see CFEP).
Deadlines for CIP and CFEP: March 15 - June 15 - September 15 - December 15
Does your organization require police checks for your volunteers? Your organization can apply for a Voluntary Organization Authorization number to allow processing of your volunteer police checks for free! Check the website to see if your organization is eligible!
(Sponsored by the Alberta Culture and Community Spirit and Volunteer Alberta)
CFIP is designed to provide a direct service to organizations by finding skilled students to help fill organizational needs. The program pays $8.80/hr. for internships of 4 to 12 weeks. CFIP pre-screens youth applicants and provides a 2-day orientation and career development workshop for interns, as well as ongoing administrative and trouble-shooting support. There are no deadlines.
(Sponsored by the ACCA)
Society or Charity?
Almost all funders, including Big Lakes County, requires funded organizations to be registered Societies through the Alberta Government Corporate Registry. If your group is not yet registered, consider working through that process as soon as possible as the benefits outweigh the paperwork required. Visit the Corporate Registry to find out how.
Do not confuse 'societies' with 'charities'. Societies are registered provincially. Charities are registered through the federal Canada Revenue Agency and must meet more stringent qualifications since they are allowed to collect charitable donations and issue tax receipts.
Not all societies can qualify as charities, and there are both advantages and disadvantages in taking that next step. However, one big advantage is that fundraising options are much broader for charities:
If your group is considering applying for charitable status, visit the CRA website:
Allow lots of time for the charitable application process - it will take at least a year to process your application, and it can take considerable time to put the application together.