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Smart and Caring Grants support communities across Southeastern Alberta by enhancing belonging of all citizens and strengthening the nonprofit and voluntary sectors. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their contributions to support the community’s greatest needs. In awarding grants, we conduct a comprehensive procedure to determine the most crucial community needs from data and evidence-based practice. Grants are then awarded based on potential impact and fund availability. 



Organizations who are registered with CRA as a qualified donee or apply in partnership with a qualified done to be eligible. 

Each year the Community Foundation hosts a Vital event to help determine the community’s greatest needs which guides our funding priorities. These priorities can change from year to year. The current priorities, in particular order, are as follows.

Mental Health, Work & Economy and Vulnerable Populations – particularly youth & substance abuse.


Applications are filtered through a two-step process, with details and links below. Organizations are strongly advised to attend our grant workshops, which are held twice a year. 


Spring Grant Cycle: March 15                                                                                        Fall Grant Cycle: September 15

If the deadline falls on a weekend, the application must be submitted by the Monday following at 12 noon.



The applications are reviewed by a committee of volunteers who make grant recommendations to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. This takes approximately six to eight weeks and applicants will be informed of the result at that time.


How to Apply

Please read the grant application guidelines here and ensure your organization and project meet the eligibility requirements.

To view current grant opportunities and to register onto the online grant platform, please select the button below.

Apply Here


For more information please contact Sydney.

Attn: Sydney Ratzlaff, Community Engagement Coordinator
Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta
104,  430 6th Ave SE
Medicine Hat, AB
T1A 2S8


Additional Resources:


Grant Writing Workshop Webinar 

Budget Template

Final Report Guidelines

Final Report Fillable PDF

Final Report Financial Reporting Template

Declaration of Affiliation


Recent CFSEA Grant & Fund Recipients