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Economic Development Funding Options

Federal Resources

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
This program provides funding for a municipality or non-profit organization wishing to pursue a project to enhance a community’s capacity. This could be upgrades to a community or cultural centre, tourism facilities, cenotaphs, libraries, parks, or many other projects that help your community celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Western Diversification Program
Funding for projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy and directly supports:

  • Innovation
  • Skills development and training
  • Trade and investment
  • Building capacity for defence procurement opportunities
  • Economic growth acceleration opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples

Community Futures Alberta
Provides loans, grant assistance and business advice to entrepreneurs and engaged municipalities.

Canada Business Network
Includes a database for financing and federal grant opportunities, as well as providing assistance in starting or managing a business or development initiative.


Alberta Community and Regional Economic Development Funding Programs
A comprehensive list of federal, provincial, corporate, and other community funding opportunities. Includes contact information, funding information, and a description of funding mandate.

Tourism Funding Sources Guide
A guide to funding and business advisory services geared towards tourism initiatives, including various financing streams available to for-profit and non-profit/community ventures.


Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA)
ARPA’s list includes its own grant options, as well as the provincial Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP), Community Initiatives Program, and private and non-profit organization opportunities, all aimed at funding projects that increase a community’s capacity to enhance wellness and potential attraction and retention schemes.

Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSS)