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Community Operating Grant

The Community Operating Grant supports community groups and non-profit organizations in operating and maintaining Municipally-owned facilities and/or providing community programs and services to the residents of the Municipality.

Program Objectives

The Community Investment Program funded organizations meet community needs and goals as identified by the Municipality through the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 2018-2021 Council Approved Strategic Plan and the Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan.

Community Operating Grant recipients in the current year are ineligible to apply for the following Community Investment Program grant programs: Community Development Funding/Family and Community Support Services; Games Legacy; and Joint Initiatives.

However, Community Operating Grant recipients may apply for a Joint Initiatives Grant if:

  1. The roles of all partners are clearly identified on the application
  2. There are multiple sources of funding
  3. It is a new initiative or collaboration

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Proof that the community group is a non-profit organization or society in good standing, including a registered society number.
  • Organizations that do not have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted operating cash reserves.

Approved Uses for Grants

Operating expenses solely for the purpose defined in the agreement.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Capital costs
  • Debt principal payments
  • Interest payments
  • Loan fees
  • Activities deemed ineligible by the Municipality on a case-by-case basis

Reporting Requirements

To ensure accountability, the Municipality requires semi-annual and year-end reporting, including updated project outcomes and financial statements from the funded group or organization.

The reports must demonstrate how the community group or non-profit organization has met the Community Operating Grant program objectives. It must identify outcomes from a social and financial perspective (e.g., financial statements, revenue and expenditure details from prior years). Specific financial reporting requirements will be determined by grant thresholds.

Reporting Thresholds:

  • Less than $100,000 — Summary of revenue and expenditures
  • $100,000 to $499,999 — Minimum review engagement and financial statements
  • More than $500,000 — Audited financial statements

Failure to comply with these reporting requirements may affect future funding.


Community Investment Program
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4