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.
  • Are located in 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.
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 Calgary and area’s network of people building belonging and well-being at the neighbourhood and community level.

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.

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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