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Time to Think Grant

Open to eligible non-profit organizations, charitable organizations (including social enterprises operated by a charity or a non-profit organization) or collectives.


In Alberta, as in the rest of Canada, non-profits are re-thinking the way they operate to ensure that they are able to solve the province’s toughest social and environmental challenges over the long term.

ATB knows that time to reflect, plan and strategize is very important if non-profit organizations are to develop innovative, long term strategies in tandem with the very busy day-to-day work of meeting their missions. The goal of the ATB Time to Think grant is to give the staff, board and members of non-profits in Alberta time to build skills or develop strategies that will help their organizations to change and imp​rove.

This grant is open to eligible non-profit organizations, charitable organizations (including social enterprises operated by a charity or a non-profit organization) or collectives. Your organization can only receive the grant once. Previous winners of a Time to Think grant are ineligible. We welcome all applications; however, due to the large number of requests, we can only commit to responding to those that are approved. We give up to two grants a year to a maximum of $20,000 per applicant.

How can your organization use a Time to Think grant?

Your organization can apply for a Time to Think grant to support developing and, where possible, executing a plan, strategy or training opportunity. ATB will look for applications that demonstrate how your organization will use the grant to actively acquire new skills and information.

The grant may be used to assist your whole organization or collaborative or it can be targeted to a specific project or social enterprise. Depending on the scope of the plan or strategy, you may want to use the grant to both develop and implement it. The Time to Think grant offers both expertise and funding. ATB will find in-house expertise to support grant recipients’ projects. This may include sharing of best practises, discussion of industry trends and technical advice.

Where appropriate, we can link your organization to workshops and services provided through ATB's Entrepreneur Centres and offer networking opportunities with other organizations.

Time to Think Grants will be given in the areas where ATB Financial can use its talents and expertise to support the work non-profits are doing in Alberta;

  1. Social Innovation
  2. Business Development

Grant areas

Your application must be directed to one of the two capacity building areas, but it does not need to be limited to the examples below:

  1. Social innovation
    Examples:
    • Enhancing collaborative skills and competencies to engage people from different sectors and perspectives to tackle social challenges using a collective impact approach;
    • Conducting a feasibility study and researching a business plan for a social enterprise or developing new revenue streams for your organization;
    • Investigating and securing social finance (accessing capital to enhance your organization’s impact).
  2. Business Development
    Examples:
    • Researching and developing marketing and communications plans;
    • Developing financial plans including budgeting, cash-flows, and sales;
    • Offering specialized staff training or leadership development;
    • Developing a strategy to support your organization’s expansion.

Applications for the 2017 grants are now closed. Letters will be sent to all applicants by March 31 letting them know whether or not their applications were successful.

Check back later for details on applying in 2018.

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