Shape Your Community Grant

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The City of Fort Saskatchewan encourages residents to help build strong and vibrant neighbourhoods.

The Shape Your Community Program supports these goals by providing up to $500 for Fort Saskatchewan residents to collaborate, create, and implement an event or up to $1500 for an initiative or enhancement that will positively impact the quality of life in Fort Saskatchewan.


Who Should Apply?

A group of neighbours within the limits of The City of Fort Saskatchewan that has the support of the majority of residents that would like to do a project as a means of building a stronger community or to develop community sustainable projects.


How to Apply

Complete the Shape Your Community Grant Application Form and send it to:

T.J. Auer - Community Social Planning Coordinator
Family and Community Support Services
10005 - 102 St
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2C5
Phone: 780-992-6206

Funds are not provided until receipts are submitted after application approval and project completion.

Application Criteria

Applications are considered during specific funding cycles, funds are limited so the highest rated applications are awarded funds.

  1. To be considered for funding, a project must demonstrate it is building a stronger and healthier community by:
    • Promoting pride and ownership.
    • Providing public benefit, resulting in a project or activity that benefits a geographic neighbourhood within the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
    • Fostering and sustaining positive community relationships.
    • Creating educational opportunities and or community awareness and community building.
    • Being a collaborative initiative by emphasizing neighbours/community members doing for themselves in partnership with each other and with local government.
    • Being completely implemented and sustained by the community.
    • Positively impact the quality of live in Fort Saskatchewan.
  2. Define a specific geographic area including a map, have a minimum of 5 supporting letters from residents in the designated area or signatures from at least 20 residents that live in the direct area of the initiative.
  3. Written approval of property owners if the initiative involves the use of private property.
  4. A list of additional help such as sponsors, donors, volunteers or support.
  5. A detailed project budget.


Project Types

Community Enhancement Project

Builds or enhances a physical improvement in your neighbourhood such as:

  • Signage
  • Trees
  • Gardens
  • Benches
  • Hanging baskets
  • Other innovative projects

Such projects must be accompanied by an inclusive plan and approved by the Parks Department, when applicable.

Community Event

An activity or event such as a:

  • Neighbourhood festival
  • Concert/showcase
  • block party
  • celebration

Community Initiative

  • workshops
  • educational campaign
  • tournament/race/walk
  • events series

The event must be open to the entire neighbourhood. Events will only be funded once in the hopes that the community will sustain the event in following years.


Award Exclusions

  • Incomplete application forms
  • Events/Initiatives that have received funding in the past
  • Funds are not provided for any item that is readily available or that can be found for free. Such as barbecues, tents, tables and chairs (volume need considered).
  • Projects that have not been completed
  • Applicants who have failed to provide receipts following approval

Please submit your application 4 weeks prior to your event to allow the committee time to process your application.

Projects that have already taken place will not be funded.


Application Criteria

Project Idea

  • Provides a good description of what the project is and why you want to do it.
  • Based on principles of local control and collective action with a clear public profile.

Builds Community

  • Encourages wide spread participation and provides opportunities to bring people together to work on a neighbourhood/community issue.
  • Promotes meaningful collaboration between youth and adults.
  • Promotes sustainability and proves that the project will become self sufficient.

Project Feasibility

  • Budget is responsible and appropriate.
  • Activities are well planned, timeline is realistic and project has a clear beginning and end.


  • Clearly identifies anticipated outcomes of how the neighbourhood/community will be different as a result.

Application Checklist

  • Project Name, Description and Purpose
  • Project Coordinator(s) and Contact Information
  • Letters of support and signatures
  • Detailed Project Budget
  • List of additional resources & support
  • Map of area – Please see
  • Written approval of property owners (if applicable)
  • Any arrangements to store purchased NIP items (if applicable)
  • Receipts for funded items( submitted after project completion)


Required Permits

Events require a Special Use of Public Property Permit.

  • The City also requires $2,000,000.00 (two million) dollars in liability insurance in case of damage to the property.
  • The Special Use Permit is to be approved by the Superintendent of the department be it Roads or Parks.
  • Applications requiring a road closure must demonstrate support from affected residents.

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