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Grant treeLac La Biche County believes in supporting groups and initiatives that enhance and strengthen our community. The County offers a wide range of grants and funding opportunities every year.

The grants described on this page are administered separately from the grants available through Lac La Biche County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Please click here for information about FCSS grants.

For general inquiries about the County's Community Grants programs, please call (780) 623-6794 or e-mail carl.kurppa@laclabichecounty.com. All Lac La Biche County grants have corresponding policies. Visit our Policies and Procedures page to find out more.

Please Note:

The Event Sponsorship Program (CM-71-015) is no longer offered. It has been replaced by Event Sponsorship and Donations funding stream and the Event Grant Program.

The Community Action Grant is no longer offered. These funding requests are eligible as Ad Hoc Grants.

COVID Relief Support Program (County Policy FIN-71-026)

The COVID Relief Support Program provides funding to eligible non-profit organizations to offset incremental previously incurred expenses or previously incurred deficits as a direct result of COVID-19.

Qualifying organizations may apply for up to $1,000 per application.

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Be incorporated;
  • Be based in Lac La Biche County;
  • Offer programming and activities, in addition to any special events; and
  • Have previous COVID related expenses, or have experienced revenue losses because of COVID.

Priority will be given to organizations which have not received significant contributions from the County already.

The deadline for the first call of applications is November 30, 2020. Additional intakes may be offered, depending on program budget availability.

Please read the guidelines prior to applying for funding.

Ad Hoc Grants (County Policy FIN-71-005)

The County recognizes that some requests do not fit into any grant programs. Requests of this type are considered Ad Hoc Requests.

Generally, organizations or individuals may submit up to $1,000 Ad Hoc Requests for small “everyday” requests throughout the year. These will be reviewed regularly by Lac La Biche County Administration. To apply, organizations need to submit a request letter. The request letter can be sent to carl.kurppa@laclabichecounty.com

The letter can be in any style, so long as it identifies:

  1. The amount of funding requested;
  2. Name and brief description of the applicant;
  3. Nature of the request;
  4. How the County’s contribution will be acknowledged; and
  5. How the funding will be used.

Large Ad Hoc Requests will be considered, but are subject to a more involved review process, where organizations may be required to submit a formal business case and other supporting documentation. Before submitting a large Ad Hoc request, the applicant should first contact the County to discuss the feasibility of the request and determine how to proceed.

Large Ad Hoc requests often require applicants to present their request to Council.

Event Sponsorship and Donations (County Policy FIN-71-023)

Requests for events like golf tournaments, fundraising dinners and banquets, awards dinners, and conferences can be submitted throughout the year. These requests will be normally be considered for up to $1,500. There is no strict eligibility criteria for these requests.

To apply, organizations need to submit a request letter. The request letter can be sent to carl.kurppa@laclabichecounty.com.

The letter can be in any style, so long as it identifies:

  1. The amount of funding requested;
  2. Name and brief description of the event
  3. How the proceeds from the event will be used.

Large funding requests for events still need to be submitted under the Event Grant Program.

Event Grant Program (County Policy FIN-71-024)

The Event Grant Program is available to eligible organizations to assist with event hosting costs for events in Lac La Biche County. The objective of the program is to sustain existing high-profile events and encourage new high-profile events.

Events which are seeking large financial contributions and need County funding in order to make the event viable should apply under this program, rather than under the Event Sponsorship and Donations funding stream.

Please read the Program Guidelines to learn more about the eligibility and other requirements, along with application deadlines.

Event Grant Program - Program Guidelines
Event Grant Program - Application Form
Event Grant Program - Budget Form
Event Grant Program - In-Kind Request Form
Event Grant Program - Accountability Form

Capital Projects Assistance Grant (County Policy FIN 71-002)

The Capital Projects Assistance Grant provides eligible Cultural and Recreational Organizations with project based funding. The funding is intended to help restore, enhance or build facilities and improvements, or to enable organizations to purchase equipment and goods that will improve or maintain the delivery of services.

Eligible Projects include:

  • Building new facilities and infrastructure (community centres, playgrounds, etc.)
  • Purchasing new equipment for facilities (appliances, machinery, etc.)
  • Renovating existing facilities.

The deadline to submit an application is normally October 31 for funding requests for the next year.

Please read the Program Guidelines to learn more about the eligibility and other requirements.

Program Guidelines
Capital Projects Assistance Grant - Application Form
Capital Projects Assistance Grant - Budget Form
Capital Projects Assistance Grant - Accountability Form

Community Development Grant (County Policy FIN-71-025)

The Community Development Grant provides funding to eligible Social Service Organizations for activities which help them achieve their core mandate. The funding is intended for requests which are not a good fit for the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Program.

The deadline to submit an application is normally October 31 for funding requests over $10,000.

Please read the Program Guidelines to learn more about the eligibility and other requirements.

Community Development Grant - Program Guidelines
Community Development Grant - Application Form
Community Development Grant - Budget Form
Community Development Grant - Accountability Form

Recreational/Cultural Operating Program (County Policy FIN-71-021)

The Recreational/Cultural Operating Program is available to eligible organizations for operational expenses. These operational expenses must be those that generally reoccur from year to year and are those which exist presently. These operational expenses must be connected to the organization’s facilities, and the programs and services delivered from those facilities.

The deadline to submit an application is normally October 31 for funding requests for the next operating year.

Please read the Program Guidelines to learn more about the eligibility and other requirements. 

Recreational/Cultural Operating Program - Program Guidelines
Recreational/Cultural Operating Program - Application Form
Recreational/Cultural Operating Program – Operating Budget Form
Recreational/Cultural Operating Program – Reserve Funding Sheet
Recreational/Cultural Operating Program - Accountability Form

Community Cemetery Improvement Program 

Lac La Biche County is committed to maintaining local community cemeteries. Through the Community Cemetery Improvement Program, organizations may apply for funding to complete their own capital improvement projects to community cemeteries within Lac La Biche County.

Projects that are eligible for funding include, but are not limited to:

  • Fencing
  • Non-routine brush clearing
  • Site leveling
  • Other projects that improve cemetery operations and longevity

Operational expenses are not eligible.

Read the Community Cemetery Improvement Program Policy and Procedure.

Community Cemetery Improvement Program - Application
Community Cemetery Improvement Program - Accountability Form

Who can apply? Only registered Societies are eligible to apply. Individuals with projects must partner with a Society to apply.
When do I need to apply? Applications for 2020 projects are due by May 1, 2020. County Administration may extend this deadline at its own discretion.
How much funding can I apply for? There is no specific limit. However, most approved projects range between $5,000-$15,000. The funding may cover 100 per cent of the project costs.
What reporting is required once my project is complete? A final project report is due by November 30 of the year in which the grant funding is provided. If the project is not yet complete, an extension may be provided.