COVID-19 Emergency Funding

July 15, 2020 Update:

The second intake for emergency COVID-19 funding is now open! applications will be reviewed as they come in, on a rolling basis. Communities can apply for up to $25,000 to support activities that meet the urgent and immediate needs of homeless individuals and those at-risk of becoming homeless.


The Government of Canada announced $796,692 in April 2020 to support organizations in Rural and Remote Alberta that help those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is opening a second and ongoing intake for applications from organizations in need of financial assistance for activities specific to meeting the urgent and immediate needs of homeless individuals and those at-risk of becoming homeless. This grant is specific to those living in rural and remote areas in the province of Alberta, and specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 2020, we have allocated approximately half of the $796,692.

Project activities must take place outside of the “Seven Cities” in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, and Fort McMurray). Activities on-reserve and on Métis settlements are eligible.

At this time, we are allocating funding to projects for up to 3 months at a time to better respond to immediate needs and the evolving uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. Therefore, proposed project activities and budget should reflect a 3-month timeline, and should reflect an immediate need for funding. This second application intake will remain open until all funds are allocated, in order to respond to immediate needs as they arise. Eligibility requirements are further outlined in the application.

Please email your completed application to If you are unsure whether you should apply now, or if you have any questions, please reach out to Sydney Stenekes at or 613-986-5207 prior to submitting an application.


Download the full application here.



Q: Are on-reserve communities/organizations eligible to apply for this funding?

A: Yes.

Q: Will expenses previously incurred be eligible for reimbursement?

A: Yes, any expenses incurred on or following April 1st, 2020 will be eligible for reimbursement, provided that the expenses are eligible, and your application is successful.

Q: What vulnerable populations does this funding intend to support?

A: This funding specifically aims to support the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless as a result of COVID-19.  

Q: The application asks for applicants to provide details such as statistics. What do you mean by statistics?

A: We recognize that not every rural and remote community will have access to statistics, such as # of COVID-19 cases, # of homeless etc... We also acknowledge that needs will vary across communities. We just ask that applicants provide us with as much contextual information as possible. For example, an applicant could discuss any increases (or decreases) in numbers of residents accessing services due to covid-19. Numbers and/or a detailed description would help us understand community priorities and needs. 

    For more information, Please Contact:

    Sydney Stenekes