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Grants to Alberta Registered Charities to Support Initiatives
That Foster Community Inclusivity in Eligible Regions

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Foundation / Corporation

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Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/25/20 4:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Alberta registered charities to support local initiatives that foster an inclusive sense of belonging in communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for community-led projects that offer people of different ages and cultures the opportunity to participate, form good relationships with neighbors, and develop project leadership skills. This grant program is for the benefit of residents of the Calgary area.

Grants support small local projects that strengthen the ordinary bonds of neighborliness and that are led by people in their own neighborhoods and communities. People of a place or community have great ideas for how to make things better. Neighbor Grants help people implement their own small acts of community right in the neighborhoods and communities where they live.

The small acts of community supported tend to be projects where people:

  • Build gathering spaces, such as community gardens and naturalized areas
  • Engage people in creative ways to address concerns, such as community-created street murals, anti-racism arts festivals, and non-partisan discussions on the importance of voting
  • Foster a sense of pride and presence, such as cultural sharing events and achievement celebrations of local youth and seniors
  • Give people the chance to get involved in community life, such as book- or tool-sharing libraries, new kinds of neighborhood festivals, and skills-sharing events
  • Plan and guide neighborhood and community development, such as resident-driven design or sustainability workshops, and reconciliation-themed learning initiatives

To qualify, the small acts of community must:

  • Help people be leaders within the everyday life of their own communities
  • Form new or stronger connections between local people, groups, and organizations
  • Create or strengthen people's sense of inclusive belonging with the diversity of their neighborhood or community

Typical costs are for volunteer and community involvement, including:

  • Event space rental
  • Refreshments
  • Supplies to build or offer something for the community
  • Fees for artists who will help people participate and create something great
  • Honoraria to Indigenous Elders who teach and guide a project in a good way

Calgary and area includes: Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, and the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164757

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Request is $7,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply for projects that take place in Calgary and area. An applicant group must be a qualified donee according to Canada Revenue Agency or must apply and run the project in partnership with a qualified donee. (In most cases, this will be a registered Canadian charitable organization.)

Ineligible Expenses:
- Ongoing operating costs
- Facility improvements or upgrades to community halls
- Expenses that have already been spent
- Debt retirement
- Projects that are primarily fundraisers
- Expenses that are primarily salary
- Projects with costly ticket prices

Total Expenses must equal Total Income.

Pre-Application Information:

Next Deadlines:
- Spring cycle: Applications must be received by April 27, 2020 by 4:00 PM, for results the week of May 11, 2020.
- Summer cycle: Applications must be received by May 25, 2020 by 4:00 PM, for results the week of June 8, 2020.
- Autumn cycle: August date TBA

Submit the Application Form by email, fax, or ground mail.

To check qualified donee status, check Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Listings:

If Applicant is not a registered charity, call to discuss grant options.

A group can have only Neighborhood Grant at a time.

To discuss a grant proposal before applying, or to request a proposal review and find out when the proposal needs to be submitted for review (at least six weeks before Application deadline), contact Julie Black, Citizen Engagement Associate.

Applicants are encouraged to look at Calgary Foundation's Vital Priorities, areas identified as needing greater community leadership and attention, found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Julie Black, Citizen Engagement Associate
(403) 802-7720

Application Email:

Application Mailing Address:

Neighbor Grants Program
The Calgary Foundation
1180 – 105 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
(403) 802-7700
(403) 802-7701 fax

Grant Coverage Areas:

Calgary and area includes: Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, and the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta

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