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. The objective of the 911 Grant Program is to strengthen and support local delivery of 911. This is being done using funding generated from a monthly 911 levy on cellphones, and by developing provincial standards for 911. All of this is being done in close collaboration with Alberta’s 911 centres.
The 911 grant money is separate from general government revenue and program administrative costs (including staff salaries) are paid out of the levy, not general government revenue. As such, the program is a self-sustaining, perpetual grant program. This funding is a statutory appropriation, so money can only be spent on the very specific purpose of 911 call answering. It is meant to enhance, not replace existing funding streams. Eligible costs include: staffing, training, hardware and software, resiliency, facility enhancements, and upgrades for “Next Generation” 911.
Only 911 centres can access the funding. In Alberta, 911 centres are primarily run by municipalities, but there are some run by regional collectives as well as private companies.
For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Estimated allocation to municipally run 911 centres for 2016-17: $15.4 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 2016-17:$219.1 million
Fire Services and Emergency Preparedness Program (FSEPP)
The FSEPP has undergone changes and is now known as the Fire Services Training Program (FSTP). The Emergency Management Preparedness Program (EMPP) has also been created and may fund training for other types of emergency preparedness. Please check these programs out on the portal.
FireSmart Community Grant Program
The FireSmart Community Grant Program is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to assist communities in reducing the risk of wildfire within their respective jurisdictions. The program aims to support community involvement in the management of wildland/urban interface issues within municipal jurisdictions, by providing financial assistance to help communities reduce their wildfire hazard. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Agriculture and Forestry is planning to offer the next round of funding in 2017. Please refer back to this website for updates regarding future program funding opportunities.
Budget 2016-17: unfunded
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 click on the link above.
Budget allocation for 2016-17: $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.
Under the 2016-17 provincial budget, $1.21 billion in MSI funding is being provided. The MSI capital budget is $1.18 billion (which includes $340.7 million under the former BMTG component) and $30 million under the MSI operating component.
Budget 2016-17: $1.18 billion including BMTG funds of $340.7 million
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 2016-17: $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 2016-17: $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 3-year WRRP budget allocation for 2014-17 is $18.5 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 February 17, 2017. For more information please visit the website using the link above.
Budget 2016-17: $7.75 million