Soul of the City Neighbour Grants

Grants of $10,000 to Calgarians to put into action their idea to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood.  Five winning applications will be awarded a $10,000 Soul of the City Neighbour Grant and will be featured in a short video documentary.

The deadlines for Soul of the City Neighbour Grants are

  • January 13, 2016 – Soul of the City Neighbour Grants application opens
  • March 7, 2016 at midnight – Soul of the City Neighbour Grants application closes.

    • Applications must be received by Calgary Foundation by this time to be considered. By mid-March 2016, finalists are selected, notified and we will set up a coaching session on how to present projects.
  • April 5, 2016 – Soul of the City Neighbour Grants Pitch Night: A Celebration of Community. The five winning groups from the event are:




CSSD Mother Mary Greene School A Million Magic Moments

The redevelopment of the school library into a cozy spot that will welcome students and the seniors from the nearby seniors' residence.

Neighbourhood Volunteers Terry, Lee & Bonnie; Brentwood Community Association & The Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities
Brentwood Community Mural 

Dusting themselves off, local residents recover from the destruction of a cherished community mural and organize to design and paint a new one.

Kerry of the School Council & CSSD St Mary’s High School
Calm Zone 

Inspired by developments in brain science, parents and students turn the high school library into a high-tech recovery area for student rest and mental health.

Soccer Without BoundariesMaking Connections, Connecting Neighbours Through Soccer 

The low-cost, multi-ethnic Saturday soccer club of Rwandan- Canadian and former refugee Jean Claude leaps forward into summer camps and connecting more kids.

Student leadership group & their ESL teacher Graham, Calgary Immigrant Education Society

Pho Down 
A festival to celebrate Forest Lawn and connect Calgarians that takes the form of a huge Vietnamese soup and spring roll eating event open to all Calgary and area citizens. 

  • May 1- Sept 30, 2016 – Grant winners carry out their projects and participate in the video project.
  • Autumn 2016 – The video and feature stories from the grants will be shared with the Soul of the City speaker series event and more broadly. 

The 2016 cycle is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied with your inventive inspirational project ideas.

The Soul of the City Neighbour Grants story:

In September 2012, Calgary Economic Development launched the Soul of the City speaker series. The series aims to engage Calgarians and spark conversations about further developing Calgary’s soul as well as understanding why people love living in Calgary. Soul of the City speaker series is sponsored by Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, M2i Development Corporation, RedPoint Media, CTV, and Village Brewery.

In 2014, Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Foundation partnered to offer Soul of the City Neighbour Grants. Five projects were supported at $5,000 each and had their story told through the film Our City, Our Soul: Five Neighbourhood Projects available on YouTube.

In 2016, RBC Foundation joined the partnership making each of the five grants now $10,000.