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Neighbour Grants

Grants to Calgary Area, Alberta Charities to Support
Grassroots Initiatives that Strengthen Neighborly Bonds

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/17/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Calgary Area, Alberta registered charities to support local initiatives that foster a sense of belonging in the community. Applicants should discuss proposals with program staff prior to applying. The Calgary area includes: Calgary, Canmore, Banff, Exshaw, Rocky View County, and the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis, Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations.

Registered charities must use a community development approach and have meaningful project leadership roles for grassroots people from the project community.

People of a place or community have great ideas for how to make things better. Neighbour Grants helps people implement their own small acts of community right in the neighbourhoods and communities where they live by offering up to $5,000 for project expenses.

The small acts of community the Foundation supports 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, antiracism 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 neighbourhood festivals, and skills-sharing events
- Plan and guide neighbourhood 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 belonging and inclusion

Typical costs are for volunteer and community involvement. Examples include: Event space rental, refreshments, supplies that people will use to build or offer something for the community, and fees for artists who will help people participate and create something great.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164757

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered charities and other qualified donees can apply for projects that take place in Calgary and area. If your group is not a registered charity, call the Foundation to discuss grant options.

To see if your organization is a qualified donee, go to Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Listings website :

Neighbour Grants cannot be used for: Debt retirement, expenses that have already been spent, facility improvements, fundraising projects, ongoing operating expenses, or for projects with costly ticket prices.

Pre-Application Information:

Contact the Foundation to discuss your initiative, eligibility, and upcoming deadlines before working on an application. If you contact the Foundation early enough, they can review a draft.

Applications are accepted four times a year: in early spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Application deadline: December 17, 2018 by 4 PM – with results announced mid-January, 2019. Applications must arrive by the date and time listed for that deadline. Grant winners will be notified within 2 to 4 weeks of the application deadline.

Regular Neighbour Grants resumes in late April 2019, with three more opportunities to apply in 2019. Exact dates to be announced in early 2019.

Contact Information:

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

To contact the Foundation about potential projects:

Julie Black, Citizen Engagement Associate
Phone: 403-802-7720

To apply, fill out the form and submit it by:
- Mail or in person – 1180 105 12 Avenue SE, Calgary AB T2G 1A1
- Email –

Grant Coverage Areas:

Calgary and area includes: Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Exshaw, 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