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Listed below are some of the more common questions people have about the Alberta Lottery Fund, as well as the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) and the Community Initiatives Program (CIP). For information on any of the lottery-funded foundations, please see the Applying for a Grant page for contact information.

ALBERTA LOTTERY FUND

  1. What is the Alberta Lottery Fund?
  2. I received an email saying I won the ALF lottery. Is it a scam?
  3. Where does Alberta Lottery Fund revenue come from?
  4. How much money is in the Alberta Lottery Fund?
  5. How are Alberta Lottery Fund revenues distributed?
  6. Would my organization qualify for funding?
  7. How does my organization register as a charitable or non-profit organization?

COMMUNITY FACILITY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (CFEP)

  1. When is the deadline for CFEP applications?
  2. Is CFEP funding allocated on a regional basis?
  3. How long will it take for a decision to be made on my CFEP application?
  4. Where do I get a CFEP application form?
  5. Is CFEP a matching grant program?
  6. What sorts of projects are eligible for funding from CFEP?

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES PROGRAM (CIP)

  1. What is the deadline for CIP applications?
  2. Where do I get a CIP application form?
  3. Is CIP funding allocated on a regional basis?
  4. How long will it take for a decision to be made on my CIP application?
  5. Is CIP a matching grant program?
  6. What sorts of initiatives are eligible for funding?

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What is the Alberta Lottery Fund?

The Alberta Lottery Fund uses gaming revenues to benefit thousands of volunteer initiatives across the province every year. From skating rinks and health care facilities, to playgrounds, roads and marching bands, the Alberta Lottery Fund helps to enhance and improve Alberta's communities.

Where does Alberta Lottery Fund revenue come from?

The Alberta Lottery Fund is made up of the government's share of net proceeds from VLTs, slot machines, electronic bingo, and ticket lotteries.

How much money is in the Alberta Lottery Fund?


In 2013-2014, Alberta Lottery Fund revenues were $1.484 billion:

Gaming Terminals
(in thousands) $857,510
VLTs
514,610
Ticket Lotteries
338,310
Electronic Bingo
7,752
Less Operating Costs
(233,725)
TOTAL
$1.484 billion

Source: AGLC Annual Report, p. 96

How are Alberta Lottery Fund revenues distributed?

Each year, the lottery fund estimates are voted on in the provincial legislature, ensuring transparency and full accountability. Alberta Lottery Fund revenues are then allocated through ministries in support of public initiatives, and to foundations and grant programs to support volunteer and community-based initiatives. Click here for a breakdown of Alberta Lottery Fund distribution.

Would my organization qualify for funding?

Check the grant application for guidelines on eligibility.

How does my organization register as a charitable or non-profit organization?

Contact Corporate Registries at 780-427-2311 in Edmonton (to be connected toll-free outside of the Edmonton area, call 780-310-0000) or visit their website.

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Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP)


When is the deadline for CFEP applications?

CFEP program applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis, as applications are processed quarterly throughout the year.

Is CFEP funding allocated on a regional basis?

The number of CFEP applications received from the same community/region, and previous Alberta government and lottery grants to the applicant, community and region are considered in the assessment process. This is to ensure funding is fairly distributed throughout the province. All funding decisions will be posted on the Alberta Lottery Fund website.

How long will it take for a decision to be made on my CFEP application?

A decision will depend on how complete the application is, when it was received and how many applications are being processed at the time.

Where do I get a CFEP application form?

Download and print the CFEP Application or phone 780-447-8818 or 1-800-642-3855 to have one mailed to you. You may also obtain one from your MLA.

Is CFEP a matching grant program?

CFEP is a matching grant program. The matching requirement may be in the form of any combination of money, volunteer labour or donated equipment, services and materials.

What sorts of projects are eligible for funding from CFEP?

CFEP provides financial assistance to build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or otherwise improve sports, recreational, cultural or other related family and community wellness facilities. The maximum level of funding for any one facility is $125,000 per fiscal year.

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Community Initiatives Program (CIP)


What is the deadline for CIP applications?

CIP applications can be submitted anytime throughout the year. Organizations can submit one application per project per fiscal year (May 1 - March 31). Applications not considered in one fiscal year may be considered in the following fiscal year.

Where do I get a CIP application form?

Download and print the CIP Application or phone 780-447-8818 or 1-800-642-3855 to have one mailed to you. You may also obtain one from your MLA.

Is CIP funding allocated on a regional basis?

A number of factors are considered in the application approval process, including: the community/region that the project will benefit; the number of applications that are received from the same community/region; and previous Alberta government and lottery grants to the applicant. All funding decisions will be posted on the Alberta Lottery Fund website.

How long will it take for a decision to be made on my CIP application?

CIP applications will be considered year-round and processed quickly to ensure that thousands of groups throughout the province will continue to be supported annually through lottery-funded grant programs.

Is CIP a matching grant program?

CIP funding is approved on a matching grant basis. The matching requirement may be met in the form of any contribution of money, volunteer labour, services, or donated materials or equipment for the project. If a group can demonstrate significant difficulty in raising matching funds, funding will be considered on a non-matching basis.

What sorts of initiatives are eligible for funding under CIP?

CIP supports project-based initiatives in areas such as community services, seniors' services, libraries, arts and culture, sports, education, health and recreation. The maximum grant level will be $75,000 per project per year.



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