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Pitch Night: Neighbour Grants LIVE

Opportunity for Calgary Area, Alberta Charities to
Win Prizes for Community Development Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Calgary Foundation and RBC Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/26/19 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for Calgary area, Alberta registered charities to win prizes ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 for resident-led community development projects. Applicants must contact program staff prior to beginning the application process. Eligible areas include: Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, and the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations.

What is Neighbour Grants?
People of a place or community have great ideas for how to make things better. Since 2000, Neighbour Grants has helped people implement their own small acts of community right in the neighborhoods and communities where they live by offering small grants 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 shared concerns, such as community-created street murals, anti-racism arts festivals, and non-partisan workshops on the importance of voting
-Foster a sense of pride and presence, such as cultural sharing events and community achievement celebrations
-Give people a 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 projects 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

What is Pitch Night: A Neighbour Grants LIVE event?
Once each year, Calgary Foundation partners with RBC Foundation to turn regular Neighbour Grants into a LIVE event where up to ten projects are invited to ‘pitch’ their idea to a live studio audience. The live studio audience’s vote helps us award up to $50,000 of grants that night.

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

Pitch Night builds on the success of four years of “Soul of the City Neighbour Grants.” Visit the Foundation's YouTube Channel to see stories of some past “Soul” grant recipients to see the spirit of the projects they have in mind. This initiative is run in partnership with RBC Foundation.

The grant may be used to cover costs of volunteer and community involvement. Examples include: Event space rental, refreshments, supplies that people will use to build or offer something for the community, or fees for artists who help people participate and create something great.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164758

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $3,000 – $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant recipients carry out their projects from May to December 2019.

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, please call the Foundation to discuss options.

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

The grant cannot be used for: Debt retirement, expenses already spent, facility improvements, fundraising projects, ongoing operating, or for projects with costly ticket prices.

Pre-Application Information:

How to apply for Pitch Night: A Neighbour Grants LIVE event:
-Contact Calgary Foundation to discuss the initiative, eligibility, and upcoming deadlines before working on an application.
-Get the application form from the Calgary Foundation website. Fill it out, and submit it by mail, in person or by email.
-Note: If you contact the Foundation early enough, they can review a draft.

-January 3, 2019: Application opens. Starting this day, the Pitch Night application can be found on the Calgary Foundation website.
-February 26, 2019: Application closes at 11:59 PM. Only applications received by Calgary Foundation no later than 11:59 PM will be considered.
-Mid-March 2019: Finalists are selected, notified, and offered coaching session(s) on how to present their project. Up to ten projects are invited.
-April 6, 2019 (4 to 7 PM) Finalists present their project in front of a live audience at the Pitch event. Audience votes help award up to $50,000 in grants.
-May to December 2019: Grant recipients carry out their projects.

Visit the Calgary Foundation YouTube Channel for stories of past grant recipients:

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, Calgary Foundation
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 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