2017 RMWB Community Investment Program

Applications are currently being accepted for the following Community Investment Program (CIP) opportunities:

Community Beautification Grant

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Grant

Games Legacy Grant

Joint Initiatives Funding

The deadline is apply is Friday, April 28, 2017. For more information about the CIP, please visit www.rmwb.ca/cip or contact CIP@rmwb.ca.

The Community Investment Program (CIP) supports a broad spectrum of programs and services by providing grant funding and agreements to community groups and non-profit organizations responsible for:

  • Delivering various recreational, cultural and social programs and services.
  • Developing and operating community facilities.
  • Organizing community events.

The CIP fulfills the Community and Protective Services Department’s (CPSD) goal of building a future with opportunities for all.

The Community Investment Program enables the Municipality to:

  • Tailor financial support to meet specific needs and priorities.
  • Broaden residents’ access to recreational, social and cultural opportunities that the Municipality either provides directly or indirectly through partnerships.
  • Build and support the capacity of community groups and non-profit organizations.

Funding Sources

CIP funding is generated through the CPSD’s annual budget as well as available funding through the Community Initiatives and Games Legacy Reserve. The CIP Administrator ensures that federal and provincial requirements are adhered to (e.g., criteria for approving funding, reporting requirements).

All provincial, federal and municipal funding allocations (with the exception of capital and operating) are presented for approval to the Council-appointed Community Services Committee (CSC). Community capital and operating grants are approved by Council as a part of the annual budget process.

Like many municipalities in Alberta and Canada, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo uses a combination of direct service delivery, shared service delivery and community investment to meet residents’ demand and expectations for recreational, cultural and social programming and services.

Through the CIP, the Municipality partners with community groups and non-profit organizations to improve quality of life for all residents in the region.

As a form of checks and balances, Council ensures that ongoing operating and capital investments are efficient and effectively aligned with established priorities and goals.

Council has the responsibility to:

  • Establish the strategic direction of a CIP, and
  • Determine the level of funding that will be allocated to the program on an annual basis

Success of the CIP depends upon stakeholders working effectively and in partnership to achieve a common vision for the region. By providing grant funding and agreements to community groups and non-profit organizations, the Community and Protective Services Department:

  • Creates a sense of community
  • Increases social cohesion
  • Develops a vibrant culture
  • Improves community connectedness
  • Attracts and retains population in the region

It is critical that the CIP Administrator ensures internal and external programs, services, facilities, and events are supported financially. Moreover, it is crucial that the grant funding application process is clear, the evaluation criteria are transparent, and that groups and organizations are held accountable for how funding is spent.

Collectively, these stakeholders play active roles in the development of the region and provide opportunities for meaningful, effective partnerships.


Community and Protective Services Department
9909 Franklin Avenue
Fort Mcmurray, AB T9H2K4

New Horizons for Seniors grant information session

Service Canada will be in Fort McMurray on April 27 to provide an information and grant-writing session on the New Horizons for Seniors Program. The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports local projects across Canada that encourage social participation and inclusion of seniors. It is a $25,000 grant for 2018. It is a fantastic opportunity for groups/organizations looking to do something unique and innovative.

When: Thursday, April 27, 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Redpoll Centre in Shell Place (MacDonald Island Park)


For more information or to RSVP, please contact:

New Horizons for Seniors Program: 1-844-836-8127 (RSVP by April 21, seating is limited)

Please note, this session will be offered in English only.


“The Good Survivor” – Storyhive Short Film Contest


Help support local filmmakers submission to the 2015 Storyhive Short Film Contest

“A human story in an inhuman world”



The world has ended and only a few scattered survivors scavenge an undead land. Dylan, a young man with cerebral palsy, was not built for these times but tries to show he’s not a burden to Steve, his travel companion. When Steve is left unable to protect Dylan or himself, it is up to Dylan to prove that he can be the good survivor.


Starring: Dylan Thomas, Steve Reeve, Dave Boutilier and Ashley Laurenson


“We plan on shooting this film in Fort McMurray AB  and appreciate all the local help and support to getting this story told. There are daily behind the scenes and promo videos that will be released between now and November 9th.” – Tito Guillen