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Neighbour Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Calgary Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/30/19 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $7,500 to Calgary Area, Alberta registered charities to support local initiatives that foster a sense of belonging in the community. Applicants are requested to contact staff prior to applying. Eligible registered charities will use a community development approach and have meaningful project leadership roles for grassroots people from the project community.

Neighbour Grants helps people implement their own small acts of community right in the neighborhoods and communities they live by offering 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 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 inclusive belonging within the diversity of their neighbourhood or community

Typical costs are for community involvement. Examples: Event space rental, refreshments, supplies people will use to build or offer something for the community, and fees for artists who will help people participate and create something great or honoraria to Indigenous Elders who teach and guide a project in a good way.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164757

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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.

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.

Applications are accepted four times a year: in early spring, summer, fall, and winter. Next deadlines:
- Application due by July 29, 2019 by 4:00 PM, for results the week of August 12
- Application due by November 4, 2019 by 4:00 PM, for results the week of November 18
- Application due by December 30, 2019 by 4:00 PM, for results the week of January 13, 2020

The application may be emailed, or delivered by fax or ground mail.

If the applicant organization contacts the Foundation early enough, they can review an application draft.

A group can only have one Neighbour Grant at a time.

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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.

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