Alberta Community Partnership (ACP)

What's New

  • Applications are now being accepted for the new, limited term, ACP Local Land Use Planning (LLUP) component. The due date to apply is February 15, 2018.
    • The purpose of the LLUP component is to offer grant assistance to municipalities that are completing municipal development plans (MDPs) for the first time.
    • A municipality qualifies for the LLUP component if it has a population under 3,500 and did not have MDP in force by bylaw prior to December 9, 2016.
    • Grant maximums under the LLUP component are $15,000 for summer villages; $20,000 for villages; and $30,000 for towns; and approved funds may be used towards the direct costs of developing an MDP for a qualifying municipality. See ACP Program Guidelines, Schedule 6 for further information.
    • LLUP applicants can complete their application using the Alberta Community Partnership Online (ACPO) web tool hosted on MAConnect or use a pdf application form, found here.
  • Application intake under the 2017/18 Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) component closed on January 2, 2018. All submitted IC applications are being reviewed and applicants will be notified of the result by April 2018.     
  • The 2017/18 Municipal Internship (MI) component intake closed on September 1, 2017 and results have been provided to MI applicants.
  • Applications under the 2017/18 Mediation and Cooperative Process (MCP) and Municipal Restructuring (MR) components are due by February 1, 2018.
    • Municipalities can apply through the ACPO web application on MAConnect, or with a pdf application form, available here
  • Updates were made in 2017/18 to the IC and MCP components, which include:
    • Minor updates to the IC project evaluation criteria.
    • A new MCP sub-stream which provides funding support for access to third party mediators or facilitators to assist with intermunicipal collaboration frame work negotiations.
    • Cost-sharing conditions for all MCP component streams.
  • Refer to the 2017/18 ACP Program Guidelines for additional information.

Program Description

The 2017/18 ACP budget is $18.5 million. The objective of the ACP is to improve the viability and long-term sustainability of municipalities by providing support for regional collaboration and capacity building initiatives.

Key program outcomes include:

  • new or enhanced regional municipal services;
  • improved municipal capacity to respond to municipal and regional priorities; and
  • effective intermunicipal relations through joint and collaborative activities.

Eligible Entities

  • Municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, improvement districts, and special areas)
  • Metis Settlements
  • Townsite of Redwood Meadows Administration Society
  • Capital Region Board and Calgary Regional Partnership
  • Municipally controlled planning service agencies (eligible only under the Municipal Internship component to host a Land Use Planner intern)

Eligible Projects/Components

Intermunicipal Collaboration

  • Provides funding to partnerships of two or more municipalities to develop or expand regional municipal service delivery.

Municipal Restructuring

  • Provides funding to municipalities involved with regional governance and municipal restructuring processes such as amalgamation, dissolution, or viability reviews.

Mediation and Cooperative Processes

  • Provides funding to municipalities to help develop collaborative protocols and processes to proactively manage conflict, and to enable municipalities to rely on an agreed-upon process for collaboration.
  • Provides funding to support municipalities in using mediation, facilitation, or other dispute resolution alternatives to resolve inter-municipal conflict.

Additional information regarding Mediation and Cooperative Processes

Municipal Internship

  • Provides funding to municipalities or planning service agencies to recruit, train and retain competent municipal employees who may pursue careers in municipal administration, finance, or land use planning.

Additional information regarding Municipal Internship

Application and Reporting Deadlines

  • Municipal Internship component applications were due by September 1, 2017.
  • The Mediation and Cooperative Processes, Municipal Restructuring, and Strategic Initiatives component applications are due by February 1, 2018.
  • The deadline for the Intermunicipal Collaboration component will be confirmed with the release of the 2017/18 ACP guidelines and application form.
  • For all components, final reporting is due within 60 days after the project completion date and is to be completed using the ACP Statement of Funding and Expenditures (SFE).

How to Apply

Project applications may be submitted through ACP Online (ACPO). Access to ACPO is through MAConnect, the web portal that provides external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs’ key business applications.

ACPO gives municipalities the ability to:

  • create, edit and submit ACP applications online;
  • view and track the status of ACP applications;
  • view agreement, payment, and reporting summary information for projects funded under ACP or the former Regional Collaboration Program (RCP); and
  • create, edit and submit ACP or RCP Statements of Funding and Expenditures (SFEs).

MAConnect can be found at Municipalities that have already signed up for MAConnect can request staff access to ACPO through the municipality’s MAConnect Stakeholder Administrator. The Stakeholder Administrator is the person delegated to manage access to applications in MAConnect on behalf of the municipality through the MAConnect Stakeholder Agreement. If the municipality needs to assign another Stakeholder Administrator, a request can be emailed to

Municipalities that do not have access to MAConnect will need to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to ACPO. The Stakeholder Agreement can be requested by emailing to or contacting 780-644-2413 (toll-free 310-0000). Once the Stakeholder Agreement has been signed and returned to Municipal Affairs, the municipality will be able to request access to ACPO through their designated Stakeholder Administrator.

An ACPO user guide is available under Current Program Materials below.

ACP project applications, project amendment/time extension requests and SFEs can continue to be submitted by email, fax or mail, using pdf versions of the forms.

Current Program Materials

Compliance Program Materials

For Projects Funded Under the Former Regional Collaboration Program (RCP)

For more information, please contact a Grant Advisor or a Grant Compliance Advisor at the following:

Grants and Education Property Tax Branch
Alberta Municipal Affairs
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

Phone: 780-422-7125
Dial 310-0000 for toll-free connection in Alberta
Fax: 780-422-9133

  • Date modified: 2018-01-15