Empowering citizens across the region.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has recently announced a new grant program called the Community Assistance Board (CAB) grant. It is available to not-for-profit community organizations in an effort to enhance social programming, community events and facilities, as well as other amenities located within the municipality. The program will have four intakes during the year (January, April, July and September) and applications will be evaluated on the project’s alignment to the MD’s community values.

In addition to this new program, groups will also have access to funding through the Municipal District’s Public Transit Operating Assistance Grant, its Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program as well as other provincial programs.

Grant Opportunities in the Lesser Slave River Region

The MD believes that all local recreational, cultural, educational and athletic initiatives and programs provide a foundation for the physical and mental health of its citizens. In this spirit, the MD plans to provide annual funding assistance for community opportunities, initiatives and programming.

How are funds allocated?
A Council-appointed Community Assistance Board will meet four times per year (February, May, August and November) to review, prioritize and allocate funds towards community opportunities, initiatives and programming.

Who will be eligible for funding?
All not-for-profit societies, community groups, clubs and individuals that offer a direct benefit to the citizens of the MD, and that align with the region’s community values (some of which include fellowship, generosity, compassion and volunteerism) will be eligible to receive community assistance funding.

Who will not be eligible for funding?
Religious entities, registered charities and for-profit organizations will not qualify for community funding through this new application process.

The Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) assists with fostering the unique characteristics of Alberta's many communities. The aim of the program is to:
  • Reinvest revenues generated from provincial lotteries into communities;
  • Empower local citizens and community organizations to work together;
  • Respond to local needs.
  • The maximum amount per application (one facility) is $125,000 per fiscal year.


    Only one application will be approved per organization per facility per year. Capital funding will be limited to one grant per organization in each fiscal year, April 1 to March 31.

    Funding assistance can be requested for a:

    • Planning study;
    • Capital project or equipment;
    • Combination of a study and/or capital project;
    • Special needs (i.e,. Disaster funding requests within Alberta).
    • Eligible organizations include groups that are registered under:

      • Agriculture Societies Act
      • Canada Corporations Act (non-profit sector)
      • Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
      • Child and Family Services Authorities
      • First Nations and Métis Settlements
      • Foundations established and regulated under the Regional Health Authorities Act
      • Income Tax Act of Canada and operating in the Province of Alberta (charities)
      • Libraries Act
      • Part 9 of the Companies Act (non-profit)
      • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
      • Societies Act
      • Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
      • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
      • Universities, colleges and institutes as defined under the Post-secondary Learning Act
      • Ineligible

The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) funds initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta. The program:
  • Reinvests revenues generated from provincial lotteries to communities;
  • Empowers local citizens and community organizations to work together;
  • Respond to local needs.
  • The funding limits are:

    • Project-Based Grant - Maximum $75,000.
    • Operating Grant - Maximum $75,000.
    • International Development Grant - maximum $25,000.
    • Eligibility

      Organizations are eligible to apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1 – March 31). Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any one of the CIP grant streams. Capital grant requests can be accessed under CIP Project Based or the Community Facility Enhancement Program. Operating and programming funding from CIP will be limited to one grant per organization in each government fiscal year.

      Funding assistance can be requested for:

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Sawridge townsite became a trading and transport center at the turn of the century, relying on the rivers and lakes of northern Alberta to bring goods and people from Edmonton to the Peace Country. Colonel “Peace River Jim” Cornwall built the first steamboat to ply the Lesser Slave Lake. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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