The Calgary Foundation is inviting proposals for the Neighbour Grants Program to help people build their sense of inclusive belonging in their own neighbourhoods and communities.
The small acts of community they support 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, anti-racism 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 toolsharing 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 everyday life of their own communities.
- Form new or stronger connections between local people, groups, and organizations.
- Strengthen people’s sense of belonging within the diversity of neighbourhood or community.
- Agree to follow all public health guidelines for the pandemic and adapt as guidelines evolve.
- Neighbour Grants offers up to $7,500.
What can Neighbour Grants be used for?
- 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.
- During the pandemic, they will consider expenses related to virtual and distanced initiatives that build belonging while keeping everyone safe.
- 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.
- 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, call them to discuss grant options.
For more information, visit https://calgaryfoundation.org/grantsawards-loans/types-of-grants/grassroots-grants/neighbour-grants-2/