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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. 


Applications are filtered through a two-phase 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: October 1

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-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.

If you believe your project fits within the above criteria, we welcome you to complete Phase I and submit a one (1) page summary of the project proposal and include:

  • a brief description of the project (Who, What, When, Where, How)
  • the priority granting area(s) and strength(s) the project addresses
  • the anticipated outcome(s)

A CFSEA staff member will then contact you to discuss the project.

Phase II: Once the project’s eligibility has been approved, you will be invited to complete the full application.

Please note:  any late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Find the grant application here.

Please submit:

  • One full (1) electronic application with all attachments
  • Five paper (hard copy) application with all attachments

Applications (including ALL supporting documents) should be submitted to niki@cfsea.ca with printed documents dropped off, or mailed to:

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


Additional Resources:

Smart & Caring Grant Application

Final Report Guidelines

Final Report Fillable PDF

Declaration of Affiliation

Scoring Sheet Example 


Recent CFSEA Grant & Fund Recipients