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Grants to Calgary Area, Alberta Nonprofits for the Arts, Mental
Health, Environment, Poverty Reduction, and Indigenous Populations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/10/18 - Noon

Description:

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Grants to Calgary area, Alberta nonprofit organizations for new and innovative programs related to mental health, poverty reduction, arts, environment, and strengthening relations with indigenous communities. The Calgary 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.

Calgary Foundation welcomes all eligible initiatives, particularly those that help further their Vital Priorities:

Poverty Reduction:
The Calgary Foundation will increase awareness and support endeavors that align with the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative’s Enough for All poverty reduction strategy in order to:
-Build inclusive communities
-Create opportunities to secure income and assets needed to thrive
-Provide accessible supports, services and resources
-Ensure equal participation for Indigenous people

Pursuing a Sustainable Future:
Promote a sustainable future through support for initiatives that:
-Educate and encourage individuals and groups to take action
-Strengthen the capacity of environmental groups to collaborate and develop community strategies

Strengthening Relationships with Indigenous Populations:
-The Calgary Foundation will support strategies that strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, that are built on mutual respect and traditional knowledge.

Living a Creative Life:
Promote a diverse arts sector that supports initiatives that align with Calgary Arts Development’s Living a Creative Life strategy in order to:
-Build community and engage citizens through arts participation
-Raise awareness of the arts as an essential part of creating a vibrant community

Encouraging Mental Health:
Map and support mental health initiatives that:
-Ensure a coordinated community-based continuum of mental healthcare is available for children, youth and families
-Connect seniors to reduce social isolation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174202

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Qualified donees with eligible initiatives are invited to submit a grant request.

Eligible Initiatives:
- Serve Calgary and area communities; (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.)
- Are new or represent significant strategic enhancements to existing programs or services;
- Align with the Calgary Foundation’s mission and vision;
- Meet the goal of the Community Grants program as listed above;
- Are innovative with a focus on collaboration with services already available to the community as not to duplicate efforts;
- Are able to demonstrate that the initiative addresses a need that has been identified by the community; and
- Demonstrate readiness, good planning, financial accountability, and secure leadership.

The following initiatives are ineligible:
- Ongoing core operating expenses
- Academic research
- Building an endowment
- Fundraising activities or salaries
- Debt retirement
- Emergency funding
- Religious activities that focus on only one spiritual tradition

Go to Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Listings website to determine whether your organization is a qualified donee if you are not sure: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/charitylists/

Pre-Application Information:

Contact grants staff a month before the deadline to discuss the initiative.

Grant Timeline:
February 15 Deadline:

February: Submit grant request by noon on the 15
April: Grant requests are shortlisted; those applicants are asked to provide additional materials
May: Shortlisted applicants meet with a committee
Late June: Program results are announced

September 10 Deadline:

September: Submit grant request by noon on the 10
October: Grant requests are shortlisted; those applicants are asked to provide additional materials
November: Shortlisted applicants meet with a committee
Late December: Program results are announced

Grant funds can only be used for expenses incurred after the Calgary Foundation’s final grant decision dates.

Impact: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/
Vital Priorities: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/
Poverty Reduction: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/poverty-reduction/
Environment: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/pursuing-a-sustainable-future/
Indigenous Populations: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/strengthening-relationships-with-indigenous-populations/
Arts: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/living-a-creative-life/
Mental Health: http://calgaryfoundation.org/impact/vital-priorities/encouraging-mental-health/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfgrants

If you have questions about applying for a Community Grant, please contact:

Djaka Blais-Amare
dblais-amare@calgaryfoundation.org

Grants Staff:
Phone: 403-802-7724
Email: Grants@CalgaryFoundation.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

Calgary and area communities. 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