Soul of the City Neighbour Grants

In April 2016, grants of $10,000 were awarded to five winning groups to put their community-building ideas into action. These grant recipients will be featured in a short video documentary to be released in the Fall of 2016.





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 will be unveiled at a special Soul of the City event. 

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.