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Neighbour Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Calgary Area, Alberta qualified donees 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, and Wheatland.

Neighbour Grants are about being neighborly – caring, connected, and involved. The initiatives that Neighbour Grants supports vary tremendously. What stays the same is that the initiatives:
- Encourage people to be leaders within the everyday life of their communities through creative, welcoming, and engaging projects
- Form connections between local people, groups, and organizations
- Create a sense of belonging by bringing people together to achieve a common goal or to share common experiences
- Stem from the efforts and plans of people within their own community.

Initiatives can include:
- Building local infrastructure, such as community gardens and gathering spaces
- Engaging neighbors in creative ways to address concerns, such as traffic-calming street murals and skills-sharing workshops
- Celebrating local achievement, such as talent nights for local youth and seniors
- Creating opportunities for people to get involved in community life, such as cross-cultural sharing events and local book- or tool-sharing libraries
- Planning and guiding neighborhood and community development, such as resident- driven design workshops and discussion forums

Neighbour Grants can cover costs associated with volunteer and community involvement. Typical costs are event space rental, refreshments, supplies that people will use to create 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:

An applicant must be a qualified donee according to Canada Revenue Agency (usually a registered charity), or must apply and run the project in partnership with a qualified donee.

Neighbour Grants cannot cover:
- Ongoing operating costs
- Expenses that have already been spent
- Facility improvements or upgrades to community halls
- Debts
- Fundraising activities or events
- Expenses that are primarily salary

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: December 15, 2017 at 4 PM

Applicants will be notified of the results approximately 4 weeks later.

Applicants are advised to contact program staff to discuss projects, eligibility, and upcoming deadlines before completing the application.

Neighbour Grants applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed by community volunteers approximately every two months. You will know if you are awarded a grant within about 3 weeks of an application deadline.

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

Contact Information:

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

Contact Julie to discuss your initiative, eligibility, and upcoming deadlines before working on an application:

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

Then submit a Neighbour Grants application to the above email, by ground mail, or in person to:

Neighbour Grants Program
Calgary Foundation
1180 105 12 Avenue SE
Calgary AB T2G 1A1

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.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta

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