ECF Awards and Bursaries

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Critical Dates for the application

Application Opens: March 15, 2020
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Award Decisions Released: Early July at the latest.

ECF Awards and Bursaries Criteria

  • You will be pursuing studies in Alberta or Canada in the upcoming school year.
  • You are living in the greater Edmonton area or northern Alberta. By northern Alberta, we mean north of Red Deer.
  • You have been a resident of the greater Edmonton area and/or northern Alberta for at least 6 months.
  • Financial need: Funding your studies is a challenge due to your financial situation.
  • Community involvement: You are involved in your community in a role with responsibilities (as a volunteer, an artist, on a sports team, etc.). You want to apply what you learn towards working in and improving the greater Edmonton area or northern Alberta.

What do we mean by community involvement?

We define community involvement broadly. Some examples include:

  • Volunteering for a community league, food bank, or theatre
  • Working as an artist who contributes to the community
  • Coaching a soccer team as a volunteer
  • And more – other community involvement examples include public arts organizations, social justice, child or elder care, mental health, environmental advocacy, Indigenous organizations, social enterprises, and community interest groups.

What schools are eligible?

ECF Awards and Bursaries can be used at most post-secondary institutions in Canada. This includes universities, colleges, technical institutes, and some private/vocational schools. If you are studying outside of Alberta, you should tell us in your application why you are studying out of province. If you’re not sure if your school or program qualifies please contact us and we will let you know.

What programs are eligible?

These awards go towards almost all programs, including:

  • Academic Upgrading and College Preparation programs
  • Diplomas, Certificates, and Licenses
  • Bachelor, Graduate, and Doctoral Degrees
  • Professional Degrees like Law or Dental School

A limited amount of support is also available for non-credited learning opportunities for people working in the not-for-profit sector. This includes conferences, workshops and training programs. If you are applying for this kind of opportunity you will need to tell us how it will enhance your work within Edmonton’s not-for-profit sector.

Required Documents

  • Reference letter: A reference letter from someone who can speak to your community involvement. It should include:
    • Past involvement and anticipated future involvement
    • Where you worked/volunteered
    • Outline your roles and responsibilities
    • If possible, the hours given and/or time period.
    • The letter should be signed, dated, and current.
  • Personal reference letter: A reference letter from someone else (not a family member) who has known you for at least six months. They must be able to talk about why you should get an award.
  • Statement of Grades from your most recent studies: Don’t worry, high grades are not part of the criteria. We just want to see that you have potential to be successful in your planned studies. Official transcripts are not required. A PDF or scan from a school website is acceptable. For high school grades, you can get unofficial grades from “”(

Note: If you are working in the not-for-profit sector and applying for a non-credited learning opportunity, please provide a resume with employment history, education history, and past training instead of grades.

The deadline for the applications is May 15th

All applications must be received by the Edmonton Community Foundation by the deadline.
If you have any questions please e-mail: [email protected]