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Last updated: April 26, 2021

2021 Call for concept notes: Development Impact Window—Canadian Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation

Global Affairs Canada will launch a call for concept notes. It will be part of our Small and Medium Organizations for Impact and Innovation initiative’s Development Impact Window. We are looking for Canadian small and medium organizations (SMOs) whose international assistance efforts are consistent with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. More information will follow in June 2021.

The call will be open to SMOs legally incorporated in Canada. For this call, an SMO is an organization:

whose consolidated financial statements are equal to or less than $10 million (except for educational institutions)
that does not have annual overseas expenditures exceeding $2 million in development assistance
Organizations selected to receive funding from the 2017 SMO call and the 2019 SMO call under the Development Impact Window of this initiative are not eligible for this call.

Planned launch of call: June 2021

Feminist Response and Recovery Fund Call for Proposals

This call for proposals provides the flexibility for organizations to be responsive to the broad and diverse systemic issues that need to be tackled to build back better, support a feminist response and recovery from the pandemic that is inclusive of diverse women, and advance gender equality across Canada. The objective of this call for proposals is to fund eligible organizations to support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19, particularly for underrepresented women.

Act Together for Inclusion Fund - Call for Proposals

The Act Together for Inclusion Fund is pleased to launch its inaugural Call for Proposals! In this first Call for Proposals, organizations may apply for funding between $200,000 CAD and $500,000 CAD. The duration of projects can be between 12 to 36 months.


The Fund for Innovation and Transformation

The Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) is a program of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) made possible through funding from Global Affairs Canada and administered by the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC).

FIT is designed to support Canadian small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) testing innovative solutions that advance gender equality in the Global South. The program is open to civil society organizations, social enterprises, post-secondary institutions and the private sector.

FIT will provide successful applicants with $150K-$250 K over a 6-15 month period to test their solutions in partnership with local organizations. The multi-year program aims to fund 50-70 initiatives overall.

In addition, the program seeks to foster collective learning and build the capacity of SMOs through the creation of knowledge-sharing spaces and practices. FIT’s goal is to cultivate a working environment in which SMOs are empowered to experiment, fail, adapt and try again.

Intake 4 is now open! Concept notes may be submitted until April 29, 2021 at 11am mst. Only selected candidates will be invited to submit a full proposal at a later date.

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Grant Station Database

ACGC is happy to provide members with exclusive access to Grant Station. Grant Station offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs and projects, as well as resources to assist through the grant-seeking process. Currently, there are some COVID-19 related grants posted on the opportunities page.

To access this resource, head to and email ACGC at to get the log in information.


The following external funding opportuntites are availble

Canadian funding for projects and initiatives in developing countries

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Applications are being accepted until January 20, 2021.

The new Civil Society Fund (CSF) provides $20 million to expand civil society’s capacity to address social problems for Albertans. Of that, $7 million is budgeted for 2020/21 to support civil society’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Civil society includes non-profit and voluntary organizations, registered charities, informal groups or movements pursuing shared interests or values and private-sector organizations and individuals pursuing social good.

CSF funding is one-time only. Funding will not be provided to support the ongoing delivery of social programs and service or routine operational requirements of organizations.

CSF funding is also time limited. Successful applicants will have 24 months from the date of the grant agreement to complete their grant activities.

Eligible applicants can request up to $1,500,000 for their project. Proposals may be approved at a lesser amount than what was requested.

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The Alberta Nonprofit Network hosted an information session about the fund on January 6, 2021. Access the session slides and recording.

Community Grants with Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women has updated the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) Project-Based grant program. These updates will be effective for the May 15, 2020 intake and all intakes moving forward. The updates include broadening the program mandate to consider many projects previously funded through the Status of Women Community Grants program.

The CIP Project-Based grant program continues to provide grants to eligible organizations for community projects, new programs, one-time initiatives, program expansions, and community events in Alberta.

For more information on the CIP Project-Based grant program please visit to access the program guidelines and application package.

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Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) will contribute up to 100% of the salary or participation fees, to a maximum of $10,000, for youth to become SDG ambassadors. Create innovative work-integrated-learning initiatives that will have a positive community impact.

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The best way to donate to your favourite charity is through ATB Cares. ATB Cares makes it easy for all Albertans to support the causes they care about. Your charity of choice receives 100% of your donation through this site and ATB will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta, non-religious charities to an annual limit of $240,000. Eligible charities may receive up to $5,000 in matching per year. Individual donations qualify for a maximum donation match of $1,000.

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The Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR has been established to support organizations that bring joy to our community, and provide a lifeline to those hardest hit by COVID-19 in Edmonton.
Epcor is providing $1.25 million through small, medium and large grants to support arts, culture, recreation and charitable organizations in addressing the new and growing demands they face, and continuing to do what they do best: bringing the heart and soul to our community.

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RBC Future Launch is a 10-year $500 million commitment to help Canadian youth prepare for the jobs of tomorrow. We are moving beyond financial investment by engaging the public and private sectors to further understand the issue and make a significant impact on the lives of young Canadians.

RBC Future Launch is a catalyst for change-bringing people together to co-create solutions so young people are better prepared for the future of work.  To be considered for an RBC Future launch grant, your organization must be a registered charitable organization with the CRA, or a CRA-qualified donee operating in Canada, and have audited financial statements. See the RBC general donations eligibility criteria. 

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The Young Edmonton Grant (YEG) program supports activities that are initiated, led and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. Ideas and projects of all kinds are supported. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24. Find out more.

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Community Mobilization Fund (CMF) is providing grants from $5,000-$20,000 for anti-racism projects across the country.

To be eligible, your project must align with 1 or more of the following 3 key themes:

  1. Systemic Barriers: Reducing barriers to inclusion by addressing systemic racism in education, healthcare, the justice system and public services, etc.
  2. Research and Education: promoting and increasing the availability and accessibility of data, evidence, and community insights.
  3. Public Awareness: highlighting systemic and institutional barriers through informing public policies that address these barriers.

Deadline to apply is January 29, 2021 at 7:00pm MST.

To encourage innovative approaches to persistent and complex social challenges, the Government of Canada is creating a Social Finance Fund. This will give charitable, non-profit and social purpose organizations access to new financing to implement their innovative ideas, and will connect them with non-government investors seeking to support projects that will drive positive social change.
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Social Enterprise Fund (SEF) has been described as being “like Dragons’ Den, but for good.” Established in 2008, SEF provides patient capital in the form of loans to social enterprises in Alberta.
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Funded by the Government of Canada, the Investment Readiness Program (IRP)  supports social purpose organizations as they contribute to solving pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges across Canada. Its goal is to help social purpose organizations build their capacity to participate in Canada’s growing social finance market and prepare for the Government of Canada’s broader investment in social finance via the Social Finance Fund. 
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