COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Alberta’s nonprofit sector is a vital aspect of the support system that our communities and Albertans will rely on, particular during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, we are at the front lines of caring for this province’s most vulnerable.

This page has been created a landing spot for:

For COVID business continuity and management resources, we have partnered with the ECVO and FuseSocial be resource hubs for this type of information. 



Recently Announced Programs

Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Alberta Government is offering up to $5,000 to nonprofits struggling with the cost of reopening during the pandemic. To be eligible for the nonprofits it must have experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to COVID-19 and must employ 500 or fewer employees. Non-profit organizations that receive operational funding from government or access some emergency funding sources are ineligible (with the exception of agricultural societies).

The application process starts Monday at 10 a.m. More here:…/sme-relaunch-grant-guidelines

Red Cross Offers PPE, Gloves & Training 

Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the Canadian Red Cross is providing PPE masks, gloves and training to community organizations that provide direct services to those who are most vulnerable to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Learn more on the Red Cross website.  

Free Professional Advice 

The Cdn Chamber of Commerce is leading a new, government-funded initiative in collaboration with EY and with support from CPA Canada and Imagine Canada to provide advice on government programs/eligibility, and advise on recovery plans. The service is availble by calling 1-866-989-1080 or

Government Programs & Extensions


Summary of all government supports from Imagine Canada.

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy - provides a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, for those that see a drop of at least 15% of their revenue in March 2020 and 30% for the following months. Info here.

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) - Nonprofits can qualify for interest-free loans of up to $40,000 if they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019.  

10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Non-Profits - Allows employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the CRA (this program is separate from the 75% Wage Subsidy Program. Info here.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance assists charities and nonprofits by providing forgivable loans to property owners to cover 50% of monthly rent payments during April, May and June for qualifying tenants. More here.

Other Federal Government support: 

T3010, T1044 & T2 filing deadline extension -

  • Deferral of T3010 filling - Not due until December 31, 2020, regardless of organization’s normal filing deadline.
  • Deferral of T1044 filing - Information returns otherwise due between March 18 and May 31 2020 can be filed on June 1. (Listed as “Information returns - Other information returns”)
  • Deferral of T2 fillingAny returns otherwise due between March 18 and May 31 can be filed on June 1.


AGLC Expands Use of Proceeds - The AGLC announced that charitable groups may expand use of proceeds to maintain key charitable programs while addressing impacts of the crisis. AGLC has also indicated that charities with casinos in Q2 and beyond will keep their place in line.

Extension on AGMs - Service Alberta has announced that businesses and nonprofits can postpone their AGM for a period of 3+ months, effective immediately and running until end of June. Check out ECVO for more info, including how to host a virtual AGM. 

Tax Deferrals & Relief - Corporate income tax balances/installments deferred until August 31, 2020; Education property tax deferrals will be frozen at last year's levels and deferred for 6 months; WCB premium and utility payment deferral. More here.

Business Credit for Social Enterprises - offers interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits. More here. 

Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society announced.


Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide up to $2,000 a month for full-time, contract or self-employed workers. This program replaces two previously announced programs, the emergency support benefit and the emergency care benefit. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. More can be found here

One-time emergency isolation support payment provided by the Alberta Government, found here

Job-Protected Leave - Changes to the Employment Standard Code will allow full and part-time employees to take 14 days of job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate or caring for a child or adult requiring to self-isolate.

COVID-Related Funding 

There have been many funding announcements by the federal and provincial government; however many are directed through current channels or have already been allocated. Below are the funding opportunities Alberta organizations can apply for: 

FCSS additional funding to support social distancing, at-risk seniors and families facing homelessness, poverty and isolation. Find out about funding criteria here. 

Breakfast Club of Canada has special grants for community organizations to help ensure children and families have access to food during the crisis. Find out more here.

Mental Health and Addiction COVID-19 Community Funding Grant - The Alberta Government will provide a one time grant funding of up to $25 million for eligible projects and services to enhance community mental health and addiction recovery. Information can be found here

The Telus Friendly Future Foundation has committed $10 million to support COVID-19 response efforts. Read the press release and apply for funding


The below organizations are coordinating COVID-related campaigns. Reach out to them directly to get more information. 

If you are aware of other funding or matching opportunities, please send to 

Sector Advocacy Efforts

ABNN Letter to the Premier

ABNN has written a letter urging the Government of Alberta to ensure funding security and flexibility.

We were pleased to see the province provide emergency funding of $60 million to support select COVID-19-related social services; however, it is important to recognize that there are many other frontline nonprofits that will see increased demand for their services, including care facilities, food banks and mental health organizations. Beyond frontline COVID-19 related services, other organizations are also feeling the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on operations, staffing, service delivery and funding, including lost casino and event revenue.

We urge the Government of Alberta to consider the following recommendations to address some immediate concerns:

  • Provide clarity on the Government of Alberta’s commitment to current funding agreements and provide emergency grants to other frontline services.
  • Provide flexibility on expectations within current funding agreements and maintain long- term eligibility to account for the limited ability of organizations to deliver regular programs and services at this time. Specific recommendations include allowing nonprofits to allocate funding to new priorities, delaying reporting deadlines and providing flexibility with meeting expected outcomes.
  • Provide details surrounding the 14-day paid leave entitlement, specifically the necessary administrative processes and procedures within the Employment Standards Code.

Read the full letter here.

Other Advocacy Efforts 

Imagine Canada has a campaign calling on the federal government to provide stabilization fund to keep vital services provided by our sector running across the country throughout this crisis. Join the call for a Sector Resiliency Grant Program.

The Muttart Foundation has written a letter calling on the Premier to remember charities in economic assistance programs.

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) recommendations during this COVID crisis. 

What Your Organization Can Do to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts

  • Write a letter to the government and your MLA and MP to reinforce ABNN and Imagine Canada's recommendations 
  • Share these letters within your network via social media or other channels
  • Share your needs, challenges, resources and ideas to

Resources for Talking to Businesses & Funders


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