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Grants to Alberta Charities in Eligible Areas for Projects
that Benefit Local Communities and Involve Citizens

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/15/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Alberta registered charities and qualified donees in eligible areas for community projects that strengthen local communities and involve citizens. Funding is intended to support new and existing programming and capacity-building efforts. The proposed initiative must significantly benefit Calgary and area communities, which includes Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory.

The Community Grants program aims to strengthen the charitable sector and engaging citizens. However, the Foundation has also made some adaptations that reflect the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, its commitment to reconciliation, and its belief in the value of partnerships and collaboratives for advancing equity and systemic change. 

One or more of these activities are eligible:

  • Programming: Costs associated with the development, delivery, or evaluation of new programs or expansion of existing programs. Includes salaries, program materials, and equipment, spaces, promotion, etc.
  • Capacity Building: Costs associated with strengthening the organization’s ability to deliver on its charitable mission. Includes staff wellness strategies, consultant fees, professional development, organizational assessments, costs associated with organizational mergers, technology, specialized equipment, etc.
  • Existing Programming: (Only for organizations with an operating budget less than $8M.) Costs associated with the delivery of current or ongoing programming. Includes salaries, program materials, promotion, administration, etc. Where there is financial need because of a downturn in revenue income or increase in expenses due to the pandemic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174202

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant maximum is $75,000.

Exception: In recognition of limited funding options, a Nation’s broad mandate to serve community, and the Foundation's commitment to Reconciliation, the Foundation extends the grant maximum to $150,000 for First Nation’s Administration who meet other eligibility requirements.

Term of Contract:

Expenses covered by the grant must be incurred no earlier than December 30, 2021 (after grant decisions are made).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Grants program can only accept applications from registered charities and other qualified donees. Go to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Listings website to determine whether your organization is a qualified donee:

To honor oral practices, oral applications are accepted from Indigenous-led organizations.

If you are not a registered charity but wish to apply for funding, you can consider the following options:
- Make a formal application to CRA to become a registered charity.
- Equity-seeking groups, it is possible to apply in partnership with a registered charity.

For additional eligibility requirements, see

Activities not supported:
• Activities that do not align with Calgary Foundation’s stated values
• Conferences, annual or ongoing events and festivals
• Academic research
• Fundraising activities or salaries
• Debt retirement and endowments
• Religious services or proselytizing

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is September 15, 2021, at 4 pm.

It’s best to contact grants staff a month before the deadline to discuss your initiative. If you want your draft reviewed, you must contact staff by September 8, 2021, at the very latest.

Community Grants Timeline:
• By September 15, 2021: Submit application by 4:00 pm MST using the Online Grant Portal found on the Calgary Foundation’s website.
• Mid-November: Applicants will be notified whether their application is being shortlisted into the second and final stage of the application process or if it has been declined. (The Foundation anticipates shortlisting approximately 35% of all applications).
• Shortlisted applicants will be required at this stage to submit a list of current board members and a copy of their most recent Audited Financial Statements. They may also be asked to answer additional questions by email in preparation for their meeting.
• Late November - Mid-December: Shortlisted applicants will meet with a Grant Advisory Committee to answer any questions about their application.
• Late December 2021: Shortlisted applicants will be notified whether they are being awarded a grant. Those applicants who are awarded a grant will be guided through the next steps such as signing a grant agreement and understanding reporting requirements.

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Contact Information:

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

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Click here to schedule a Community Grant conversation:

If you have questions about applying for a Community Grant, please contact Djaka Blais-Amare at

Calgary Foundation
1180 – 105 12 Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 1A1
Phone: 403-802-7700
Fax: 403-802-7701

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta: Calgary and area communities, which includes Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland, and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory;

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