To participate in SCiP, your organization must be a nonprofit/voluntary sector organization. This means your organization:
- Is self-governing and exists to serve the public benefit
- Does not distribute profits to owners, members, directors, shareholders, or managers
- Is voluntary (benefits to some degree from voluntary contributions of time or money)
- Is currently operating in the Province of Alberta and has been for at least one year
- Is independent or institutionally separate from the formal structures of the federal and provincial government and the profit sector (municipal programs and services DO qualify)
Nonprofit/voluntary sector organizations and other nonprofit groups may be incorporated, established, or registered under the laws of Alberta or Canada, including the following Acts:
- Agricultural Societies Act
- Canada Corporations Act (non-profit sector)
- Cemeteries Act or Cemetery Companies Act
- Regional Health Authorities Act (foundations)
- Libraries Act
- Part 9 of the Companies Act (non-profit)
- Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations
- Societies Act
- Special Act of the Parliament of Canada
- Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
If your nonprofit organization is not registered under these Acts, and you would like to apply to SCiP, please contact SCiP directly. You will be required to show that your organization operates to the standard of other nonprofit organizations. This may include providing minutes from your AGM and a list of your board of directors, along with other information.
In addition, a nonprofit organization will not qualify for SCiP if it is:
- A university, college, or other educational institutions (including Students’ Unions and their programs and services).
- A faith-based organization that does not provide philanthropic community programs/services to the broader community. All faith-based organizations that apply to SCiP will be required to submit a Description of Philanthropic Services to verify their eligibility.
- An organization that has a sole mandate to provide programs and services outside of Alberta or that does not provide philanthropic community programs or services to Albertans.
- An organization that is affiliated, either directly or indirectly, with a political party or group with a political mandate.