The 2015/16 Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) is accepting applications. The ACP’s purpose is to improve municipal viability and sustainability by supporting regional collaboration and capacity building.

For 2015/16, the ACP is divided into five funding categories:

  • Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) – funding for partnerships involving two or more municipalities to develop or expand regional municipal service delivery
  • Municipal Restructuring (MR) – funding for municipalities involved in regional governance or municipal restructuring such as amalgamation, dissolution, or viability reviews
  • Mediation and Collaborative Process (MCP) – funding to assist municipalities in building collaborative processes and proactively managing conflict, as well a support for mediation or other dispute resolution methods to resolve intermunicipal conflicts
  • Municipal Internship (MI) – funding to support municipalities in hiring a municipal intern in the administration, finance, or land-use planning stream
  • Strategic Initiatives (SI) – funding for initiatives that align with provincial priorities and address strategic intermunicipal needs

Changes to the ACP

The Government of Alberta has made some significant changes to the ACP for the 2015/16 year:

  • Projects selected for funding under the Intermunicipal Collaboration (IC) component of the ACP will no longer be chosen based on the order in which applications are received. The projects will now be ranked based on merit. For details on how projects will be evaluated, see page 13 of the program guidelines.
  • All municipalities will be able to apply for funding under the IC component of the ACP. Cost-sharing between municipalities will no longer be mandatory for an IC project application, although the ranking criteria will consider a partnership’s strength based on monetary and capital asset contributions.
  • The former Metropolitan Funding component of the ACP, which reserved a portion of the funding for large urban centers, has been discontinued in order to allow for more projects to be funded under the IC component.
  • The former Viability Review Support component of the ACP has been renamed the Municipal Restructuring (MR) component. The MR component provides support for “projects associated with regional governance and municipal restructuring processes such as amalgamation, dissolution or viability reviews.” While it is unclear how the ACP defines a “regional governance study,” and whether all municipalities that would be included in such a study must be willing to participate in order for funding to be received, the AAMDC is pleased with the continuation of dedicated funding to assist municipalities in accommodating dissolutions.

Application Deadlines and Funding Amounts

  • The deadline to apply for a project under the IC component is February 5, 2016. The maximum grant funding amount per IC project is $350,000. Any IC project must include a partnership between two or more eligible entities as defined in the program guidelines (see page 9 of guidelines).
  • Applications for the MR component are accepted throughout the year. The maximum amount per project ranges from $150,000 to $2.75 million (see guidelines for details).
  • Applications for the Mediation and Cooperative Process (MCP) component are accepted throughout the year. The maximum amount per project ranges from $15,000 to $50,000 (see guidelines for details).
  • The deadline to apply for the Municipal Internship (MI) component is October 1 of the program year, with the internship to commence the following May. The maximum amount per project ranges from $43,000 to $67,000 (see guidelines for details).
  • Applications for the Strategic Initiatives (SI) component are accepted throughout the year. Funding amounts are determined a project-by-project basis (see guidelines for details).

While this bulletin provides an overview of the 2015/16 ACP, AAMDC members are strongly encouraged to consult the ACP Guidelines for information on eligibility, program parameters, application processes, and other information.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Matt Dow
Policy Analyst
780.955.4085

Kim Heyman
Director of Advocacy and Communications
780.955.4079

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