Programs Supporting Safe, Healthy and Vibrant Communities
911 Grant Program
Alberta’s Emergency 911 Act came into force on April 1, 2014. The Act established the Alberta 911 Grant Program under the Alberta Emergency Management Agency with the objective of strengthening and supporting local delivery of 911. The Program utilizes funding generated from a monthly 911 levy on cellphones to support Alberta’s 911 centres, known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).The 911 Grant Program is separate from general government revenue. Program administrative costs (including staff salaries) and all grant funding are paid out of the 911 levy. As such, the program is a self-sustaining and perpetual grant program.
Funding can only be accessed by PSAPs and spent on costs related to 911 call answering. In Alberta, PSAPs are primarily run by municipalities, though some are run by regional collectives or private companies. The total funding for each PSAP is based on the population for which it is contracted to provide 911 services. Eligible expenditures under the 911 Grant Program include: staffing, operations, training, hardware and software, resiliency, facility enhancements, public education, and upgrades for Next Generation 911. The grant is meant to enhance, not replace, existing funding streams.
In 2016-17, PSAPs across Alberta received a total of $15.35 million in funding. The 911 Program has budgeted to grant out $15.60 million to Alberta PSAPs in 2017-18.
Alberta Human Rights Commission's Community Inclusion Grants
The Alberta Human Rights Commission’s Community Inclusion grants are available to strengthen municipal efforts to build inclusive communities. Funding will support municipalities to advance strategies associated with the principles of being Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC), or a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). The grant will provide up to $10,000 to municipalities developing their WIC, CCMARD or similar community strategies including engagement initiatives, action plans, planning processes, evaluation, or other initiatives. Please visit the website for more information, including the application form.
The deadline for applications is September 15, 2017.
Family and Community Support Services Program (FCSS)
Since 1966, the FCSS Program has supported the preventive social programming needs of local communities.
Allocation-based operating funding is available to all municipalities and Metis Settlements. Applicants indicate their desire to participate by submitting a letter to the Minister of Community and Social Services. FCSS is a cost-shared program, contributing a provincial portion of 80 per cent, with a minimum 20 per cent coming from the municipality.
At the local level, a municipality or Metis Settlement Council that chooses to establish a program enters into an annual agreement with the Government of Alberta (Minister of Community and Social Services). A request for funding can be sent to the Minister anytime, although the funding starts either January 1 or April 1 depending on program administration. Subsequent funding agreements are completed for each new calendar year. Municipalities or Metis Settlements wanting to withdraw from the program are required to provide the Minister with six months written notice.
For more information please visit the website.
Budget 2017-18: $101 million
Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
The renewed Federal GTF was introduced in 2014 as a 10 year program running from 2014-15 to 2023-24. The GTF, a component of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP), is a federal program that provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long-term prosperity. Under the program, funding is provided to provinces and territories which in turn flow this funding to their municipalities and/or municipal associations. Under the renewed GTF, Alberta is expected to receive $1.08 billion in funding in the first five years of the program.
For more information, please visit the program website, or call a Municipal Affairs grant advisor at 780-422-7125, toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000.
Budget 2017-18: $222 million
Municipal Policing Assistance Grant
Since 2003, this program has assisted with the cost of providing policing services to urban municipalities with populations exceeding 5,000, who are responsible for their own municipal policing.
Operating funds provided by the program are allocated annually and no applications are required. This program currently benefits 51 municipalities. Allocations are calculated using an approved funding model based on municipal population, for a base payment, plus additional per capita funding. For cities and urban service areas with populations over 50,000 the allocation is calculated on a per capita basis only. The Minister of Justice and Solicitor General approves the grants and the payments are issued according to terms outlined in grant agreements.
For more information, please use the link above.
Budget allocation for 2017-18: $56 million
Municipal Sustainability Initiative – Capital
Since the program was announced in 2007, municipalities have been allocated almost $7.6 billion in Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) Capital funding to meet the demands of growth, address local infrastructure needs, and enhance municipal sustainability. The Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG) was consolidated with the MSI capital program in 2014 resulting in increased program flexibility.
All municipalities in Alberta i.e., city, town, village, specialized municipality, municipal district, improvement district, special area, Metis Settlement, and the Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society, are eligible to receive MSI Capital funding based on their long-term funding agreement.
Eligible project costs directly result in, relate to, or support, the acquisition, construction, development, betterment, rehabilitation or non-routine maintenance of capital assets in a variety of project categories. General types of capital projects include municipal roads, bridges, public transit, water and wastewater systems, emergency services facilities and equipment, solid waste management facilities and equipment, and other municipal buildings and facilities such as recreation and sports facilities, libraries, public works buildings, and cultural/community centres.
MSI funds may be combined with, or used to fund the municipal contribution required under other provincial-municipal or federal-municipal grant programs, unless doing do is prohibited by that program.
Budget 2017-18: $1.18 billion (including $331 million in BMTG funds)
Police Officers Grant Program
In Budget 2008, the Province of Alberta committed to adding 300 police officers over 3 years. Since then, the Police Officers Grant program continues to support this commitment by providing operating funds for 300 approved police officer positions, at $100,000 per position per year. This program benefits 50 municipalities that pay for their own policing.
For more information, please visit the program website.
Budget 2017-18: $30 million
Rat Control Grant Program
The Alberta Rat Control Program is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It funds municipalities in Alberta's Rat Control Zone, which runs approximately 300 km along the Saskatchewan border. Stopping overland migration of rats is one means of keeping rats out of Alberta. The Rat Control Program assists municipalities in maintaining Alberta's "rat free" status. Funding is contingent upon annual inspections in the Rat Control Zone. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2017-18: $0.3 million
Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP)
The WRRP was established to increase the natural capacity of the province’s watersheds to reduce the intensity, magnitude, duration and effects from flooding and drought, to the benefit of Alberta’s communities. This will be accomplished in part, through grants to third-party organizations for non-structural mitigation measures and will complement the province’s structural programs. The goals of the program focus on enhancing the natural ability of watersheds to recover from flood and drought events through conservation or restoration of natural watershed features, education and stewardship, and the development of tools and data to assist in watershed management decisions. The 4-year WRRP budget allocation for 2017-2020 is $14 million.
Non-governmental organizations, stewardship groups and other not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, First Nations, and all local authorities are eligible to receive funds under the program. Examples of eligible projects include:
- Riparian enhancements (e.g. riparian plantings, soil bio-engineering) etc.);
- Wetland enhancements (e.g. wetland creation, enhancement or restoration);
- Floodplain/river improvements (e.g. channel naturalization, floodplain storage capacity enhancements, etc.);
- Conservation initiatives;
- Education and outreach associated with a specific project(s);
- Data collection efforts for the purpose of research, evaluation and assessment related to a specific project(s).
The next WRRP application submission deadline is October 30, 2017. For more information please visit the website.
Budget 2017-18: $3.5 million