There are two streams of funding available under the Foundation’s bursary funding program – the Muttart Bursary Program and the Leadership Bursary Program.
Both bursary programs are open to registered charities working in the field of social services or early childhood education and care in Alberta or Saskatchewan. The aim of the bursary programs is to build a charity’s organizational capacity through staff and key volunteer professional development.
Muttart Bursary Program
Grants are usually awarded in amounts of less than $1,000 to cover the tuition or registration costs of courses, programs, conferences or other training opportunities. Courses or programs must be offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly funded post-secondary institution. Professional development opportunities may include:
- administrative courses – accounting, computer skills, communication, interpersonal skills, supervision, etc.
- program related courses – cultural awareness, youth engagement, counseling, community development, mentoring, coaching, pedagogical leadership, child development, collective impact, outcome measurement, etc.
- management level courses – human resources, information technology, legal, communications, project and change management, operations, financial and accounting, fund development, etc.
Muttart Leadership Program
The aim of the Leadership Bursary program is to increase the capacity of senior staff, management staff, or persons serving in a senior staff capacity within these charities to contribute now, or in the near future, to leadership within or across organizations, or enhance leadership competence in key policy areas related to the charity or sub-sector’s work. Professional development opportunities may include:
- leadership courses or programs
- management programs
- governance courses or programs
- public policy courses or programs
Grants are usually awarded in amounts of less than $2,500 to cover the tuition or registration costs of courses or programs. Courses or programs must be offered by a non-profit entity or a publicly funded post-secondary institution. Bursaries cover course or program tuition costs, not travel, accommodation or incidental expenses.
Under both programs, the Foundation requires the staff member or key volunteer to provide a short report within 60 days following the course, conference, workshop or program. In cases where grants are awarded that exceed $1,500, the Foundation also requires a return service commitment on the part of the staff member or key volunteer.
What Won’t be Considered
Generally, we will not fund:
- Professional development offered by for-profit entities
- Costs incurred (or committed to) before the award of the grant
- Scholarships, prizes or awards
- Training that is required for mandatory certification or accreditation
- Board development or strategic planning exercises
- Travel or accommodation costs
Please submit applications to the Foundation at least three weeks in advance of the course start date to provide sufficient time for a review of your request. If the application is received after the registration deadline, or if you have already registered for the course, the bursary will not be awarded.