Assignment of Multiple Grants to a Project (Grant Stacking)

Advisory: June 27, 2008

There are two types of grant programs available to municipalities:

  1. Project-specific grant is one-time funding based on the cost of a project.
  2. Allocation-based grant is an annual grant based on criteria such as population, road length and/or other municipality characteristics.

Municipalities wishing to utilize more than one type of grant program to fund any single project are subject to a number of limitations.

These are:

  • In order to receive project-specific grant funding for a proposed project, the project should be approved before utilizing allocation-based funding.  This means, for example, if a town wishes to build a water treatment plant using the Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership (AMWWP) and then use the Alberta Municipal Infrastructure Program to "stack", and be used for the municipal share of the project, the approval under the AMWWP should be obtained first.  There is no guarantee that project specific grant funding will be forthcoming.
  • Grant stacking for any two or more programs must follow the rules of each of the programs.  Eligibility of projects must be within the guidelines of each project.