Types of Grants

Community Grants

The Community Grants program supports initiatives that engage citizens and that strengthen charities.

The spring 2024 Community Grants cycle is now closed. The next intake for applications will open in late summer 2024, with a due date for applications in September. Please look out for more information and the program guidelines nearer the time. You can review the General Guidelines for Community Grants in the meantime.

The Community Grants program aims to strengthen the charitable sector and engage citizens. We have made some adaptations to the program that reflect the ongoing effects of the pandemic, our commitment to Reconciliation, and advancing equity and systemic change.


The Community Grants program can only accept applications from registered charities and other qualified donees. Go to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities Listings website to determine whether your organization is a qualified donee. If you are not a qualified donee and wish to apply for funding, you can consider the following options:

  • Make a formal application to CRA to become a registered charity.
  • Nonprofit organizations without charitable status may apply in partnership with a registered charity. Please review the program guidelines for details.

The proposed initiative must significantly benefit Calgary and area communities, which includes Calgary, Banff National Park, Canmore, Rocky View County, the Municipal Districts of Big Horn, Foothills, Kananaskis and Wheatland (including towns and hamlets), and the surrounding First Nations of Treaty 7 territory.

How to apply:

Review the Program Guidelines to determine eligibility.

We encourage you to contact grants staff early before the application due date to discuss your initiative.

Book with Grants Staff

Applications are accepted through our Online Grant Portal. You can access the portal by clicking on the Online Grant Portal button below. Grants staff are available to assist you through the application process.

Online Grant Portal

You have the option of providing more detail about your work in writing or through a short video or audio recording. If you choose video or audio, you will record, create a link, and share it through the Online Grant Portal. You will still complete the other sections (Organization Information, Overview, Budget, etc.) in writing. Detailed instructions are listed in the application.

Oral applications are available as an option for Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities; please contact grants staff at least a week before the application due date to set up a time for this discussion.


If you have questions about applying for a Community Grant, please contact us at .


To discuss changes to an ongoing grant or reporting requirements, please contact Matthew Blough, Director, Evaluation & Learning. Community Grant reports are completed on the Online Grant Portal.

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Questions? Contact our Grants Associate

Bessie Dudu