Types of Grants

Stepping Stones Grants

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Stepping Stones encourages active citizenship by helping grassroots community groups undertake small creative projects that build a sense of inclusive belonging in local communities.  We offer grant support of up to $1,000 for project expenses.
Stepping Stones supports projects that:
  • Build connections between people and their local neighbourhoods and communities.
  • Celebrate the importance of knowing neighbours  – through the joys and struggles of regular daily life and in times of community stress.
  • Are driven by people in their own neighbourhoods and communities. The projects are slightly different than programs provided by organizations to communities because community members themselves must play a meaningful leadership role.
Projects we support tend to be projects where people:
  • Engage people in creative ways to build connections and/or to address shared concerns
  • Foster a sense of pride and presence
  • Give people the chance to get involved in community life
  • Think inclusively about their community’s composition and work creatively to involve people from whom involvement is difficult


Connect with a vibrant local network of people learning together how to build communities and neighbourhoods.


Grant Request Process at a Glance

Apply anytime. We aim to let you know within four weeks if your project will be awarded a Stepping Stones.

Julie Black, Citizen Engagement Associate | 403-802-7720

Use the Application Form template below. Fill it in and save it, then email it to us at the address provided on the form. Or print it and get it to us by fax or ground mail.

Note: It’s a fillable PDF form; if you have trouble with it, let us know and we’ll send you a word version.

We aim to let you know within four weeks if your project will be awarded a Stepping Stones.

If your project is awarded a Stepping Stones, we will let you know how to stay in touch and how to report project results.


Stepping Stones Guidelines

Stepping Stones Application Form

Stepping Stones Project Self-Assessment

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