Grants and Funding

The City of Medicine Hat offers the following grant opportunities.


Community Vibrancy Grant

The application deadline has passed. Please check back for future deadlines.

The City of Medicine Hat values community activities and projects because they bolster community spirit, emphasize opportunities that contribute to quality of life and enhance a sense of belonging to the community. This is especially important today due to the on-going changes in our community related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the Community Vibrancy Grant is to provide funding for projects that support one or more of the following objectives:

  • promote vibrancy in the community of Medicine Hat
  • emphasize the spirit of the community by accentuating and celebrating the spirit of living in Medicine Hat
  • promote recreation, leisure, social, arts, cultural or heritage opportunities vital to the well-being and quality of life in Medicine Hat
  • promote a sense of belonging in the community

Please carefully read the program guidelines below to ensure that your project fits with the criteria. If after you are still uncertain if your project is eligible, please contact the Community Vibrancy Grant Administrator at 403-529-8316 for clarity and assistance.

Community Vibrancy Grant application Community Vibrancy Grant final report

Completed support materials can be submitted by scanning and emailing to bonyar@medicinehat.ca. Should other arrangements be required, please call the Community Vibrancy Grant Administrator at 403-529-8316 for assistance.

Guidelines, criteria and deadline

I. Application deadline

The deadline for applications was October 29, 2021. Thank you to all those who applied.

II. Grant amount
Approximately $43,000 in funding is available. Minimum and maximum amounts have not been established for individual grants.
III. Application procedures

All applicants must submit:

1. Completed Community Vibrancy Grant application

  • access and complete the application form available at www.medicinehat.ca/grants
  • ensure that you complete the entire application form and attach all relevant documents as noted
  • if applicable, ensure that applications have been signed by two people, the person completing the application on behalf of the organization and the Board President or Chair
  • ensure that you print and save a copy of your completed application form and a copy of these guidelines for your records
  • applications consisting of more than 10 pages will not be considered

2. Final report (within 60 days of project completion)

  • access and complete the final report available at www.medicinehat.ca/grants
  • ensure that you attach a final financial summary (Appendix A) declaring actuals (revenue and expenses)
  • provide copies of paid invoices for actual expenses stated in Appendix A
  • submit within 60 days of the event or by October 31, 2022, whichever comes first 

Please note, no handwritten applications or reports will be accepted.

IV. Eligibility criteria

Please read the following section carefully. Applications for a Community Vibrancy Grant must meet the following eligibility criteria: 

Projects must:

  • reflect the spirit of City Council’s Strategic Plan 2019-2022
  • support one or more of the following objectives:
    • promote vibrancy in the community of Medicine Hat
    • emphasize the spirit of the community by accentuating and celebrating the spirit of living in Medicine Hat
    • promote recreation, leisure, arts, cultural or heritage opportunities vital to the well-being and quality of life in Medicine Hat
    • promote a sense of belonging in the community
    • take place within the City of Medicine Hat limits/boundaries

 Applications must:

  • identify the initiative’s anticipated deliverables and outcomes
    • be made by individuals, organizations or groups of individuals and organizations, who live in or around Medicine Hat
    • provide a budget statement of projected expenses and revenue, including any projected shortfall of funds
    • describe any community partnerships and/or funds secured from other organizations/individuals
    • be not-for-profit in nature
      • describe contingency strategies to be implemented should the Provincial Government or the City of Medicine Hat introduce additional restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
      • If applicable, include a letter confirming sanctioning from a recognized governing body that invites participation by representatives for competitions on a provincial, national, international or Western Canadian level for sporting events or competitions

Applications must not:

  • involve the recruitment of permanent staff
  • involve major capital expenditures ($500 maximum)
  • involve activities for the purposes of fundraising for other causes
V. Evaluation

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • clearly describe alignment with the Community Vibrancy Grant’s objectives, including anticipated deliverables and outcomes.
  • have the potential to impact a large number of local residents in a positive, worthwhile and meaningful manner
  • allow for active or passive participation at little or no cost to local residents
  • provide opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all
  • promote volunteerism and build capacity in the community
  • include opportunities for partnerships with community organizations and local businesses
VI. Grant allocation
  • 50% of the amount once approved by City Council
  • remaining 50% after completion of the initiative if the funds are needed to cover a deficit and a completed financial statement is received within 60 days of the event or by October 31, 2022, whichever comes first
VII. Grant administration
  • grant application intake process will be managed by the Community Development Department
  • grant applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of members of the Community Vibrancy Advisory Board and one staff member from each of the following:
    • Community Development department
    • Parks and Recreation department
  • some applicants may be asked to make a project presentation to the selection committee
  • the Community Vibrancy Advisory Board will make recommendations to City Council through Public Services Committee for the distribution of the grant funding
  • grant agreements and funding disbursement will be administered by the Community Development Department
VIII. Conditions of funding
  • use the funds for the purpose for which they were requested
  • be responsible for the planning and execution of the proposed project
  • if the project cannot be completed as described in the application, the City must be notified as soon as possible to discuss return of funds
  • maintain separate accounting for the proposed project
  • provide applicable receipts for all expenditures
  • expend all granted funding by September 30, 2022, regardless of the grant’s issue date
  • submit a final report evaluation, and a financial statement (template to be provided), to the City of Medicine Hat within 60 days of the event or by October 31, 2022, whichever comes first
  • acknowledge the support of the City of Medicine Hat in the promotion of the approved project

For more information, contact
Bonnie-Lou Yaroshko
Community Development
City of Medicine Hat
Phone: 403-529-8316
bonyar@medicinehat.ca


Family and Community Support Services Grants

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Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a unique 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities or Métis Settlements. The combined funding is used to support preventive social initiatives, projects, and services that enhance the social well-being of individuals, families, and/or the community.

View our FCSS grant brochure

Legislative requirements

An FCSS municipality must ensure that local initiatives, processes, or services meet all the requirements set out in the FCSS Act. In particular, the Act requires that FCSS supports social initiatives that are preventive and that they enhance the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.

Medicine Hat Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) awarded $1,721,450 funding from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023 to support the following external projects/programs within the community: 

Funded projects
AgencyProject or programAmount funded (2-year total)
Kerby Assembly Senior Centre Programming and Supports $1,047,296
Medicine Hat Family Service Short term Counseling and Family Life Education $304,300
Bridges Family Services FASD Connection Collaborator $138,300
Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter Musasa House – Family Violence Prevention supports $110,000
Community Food Connections Association of SE Alberta Food Security Coordinator $83,824
LEARN Community Adult Learning Council  Imagination Alive! project $24,500
Junior Achievement Southern Alberta Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness Programs in Medicine Hat Youth $13,230