Types of Grants

Pandemic Recovery Program


We are listening to charities and our conversations with them are integral to help us identify how we can bridge the gaps and meet critical needs. In response, we have established the Pandemic Recovery Program to support all sectors serving our community.

We continue to operate as a 360-degree-grant-maker and the Pandemic Recovery Program is open to all registered charities in Calgary and area, as well as First Nations communities in Treaty 7 region.

Calgary Foundation will…

  • Redirect $2 million of our discretionary granting resources to the Program.
  • Match new donations made to the Pandemic Recovery Program (up to a maximum amount to be determined).
  • Cover administrative costs/credit card transaction fees so that 100% of donations are directed toward charities.

Contribute to the Pandemic Recovery Program Now

The Program will have three phases of support, rolled out over time:

Phase 1: RELIEF will support the immediate needs of charities to connect with staff, board, and other stakeholders. This funding provides short-term space and time to plan for recovery. Phase 1 will close on July 10th.



Phase 2: RECOVERY will focus on activating strategies to get charitable operations to re-build and re-imagine operations. Phase 2 will start in the Fall.



Phase 3: RESILIENCE will support strategies and technologies for strengthening organizations for the operational future.




Pandemic Recovery Program Grant Guidelines

Pandemic Recovery Program Webinar Recording

Pandemic Recovery Program FAQs
Government Matching Program FAQs
How grants are selected:

Applications will be reviewed by a volunteer committee consisting of community leaders, volunteers, and sector experts.

Grants made to date:

Pandemic Recovery Program Grants

Community Response Fund Grants

Other ways Calgary Foundation is supporting the sector:

Urgent Needs Page

The COVID-19 Urgent Needs web page connects local charities with Calgarians who want to help.

Emergency Community Support Fund

Additional government funding to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy.


A compilation of COVID-19 resources.

United Way & City of Calgary Community Response Fund

We will grant up to $1 million to co-fund needs in the social services sector.