Operating Grant

Big Lakes County’s Operating Grant program is available for eligible community organizations to assist with offsetting annual operating expenses. To be eligible, the community organization must be a registered society in good standing and must offer community services and programming in the areas of:

  • Community Hall/Facility;
  • Recreation/Cultural Programming;
  • Museum/Heritage;
  • Seniors Programming; 
  • Cemetery/Facility;

This program is governed by Council Policy ADMIN-55 Grant Funding Policy.

Who can apply

  • Community organizations who are a registered society within the province of Alberta;
  • Community organizations who have a charitable status with the government of Canada;

What you need to apply

  • A complete application form (link below);
  • Current Financial Statements, signed by two executed officers, that have been approved by your organization at it's AGM;
  • Most recent proof of filing;
  • Annual General Meeting minutes, from the year you're applying;
  • Signed grant agreement (in the application form);
  • Current years association budget;

Eligible activities

Big Lakes County uses a guideline to distribute funds based on the following priorities:

  • Maintenance of existing facilities;
  • Existing programming;
  • Intent to access matching grants;
  • New programming;

Ineligible activities

Funds cannot be used for expenses related to:

  • Start-up costs;
  • Endowment funds;
  • Field trips for entertainment;
  • Land and facility purchase;
  • Vehicles;
  • Individual Sponsorships, prizes, gratuities, gifts, and awards;

What you need to know

  • Late applications will not be accepted;
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding;
  • No retroactive payments will be made;


October 31, 2019


For more information please refer to the Grant Funding Policy or contact Kaleb Brink at 780-523-5955 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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