Unique Awards

Calgary Foundation offers a few community awards with unique criteria for specific demographics including writers, youth formerly in care and immigrant women. In addition, registered charities may apply for support for outdoor safety projects or animal welfare projects using the application forms provided below


Online application forms will be available at least two months prior to application deadlines. For information, Contact Us.



Brenda was a native Calgarian who began writing after turning forty. She was a mother of two and a loving wife. She died in her late forties prior to publishing any of her work. She would be delighted to know that with the support of this financial award she is helping writers accomplish their goals.

Applicants are notified of results by November.

AMOUNT: $5,000

CONDITIONS: Applicant must be a continuing resident of Calgary and area (at the date of application lived in Calgary for at least 12 months); at least forty years old; and working on the completion and publication of his/her first book of fiction.

  1. Submit only ONE piece of complete fiction or an excerpt of a longer piece.
  2. Submit no more, no less than 10-20 pages of your work typed, double spaced.
  3. ONLY one submission per applicant; number the pages, but do not identify yourself on your manuscript.
  4. Works that have been accepted by a publisher will not be considered.
  5. Applicant must be a continuing resident of Calgary and area (at date of application lived in Calgary for at least 12 months); at least forty years old; and an unpublished fiction writer.

Note: Judges will only consider submissions that meet the required criteria.

Past Recipients

This bursary was established in 2000 to provide funds for applicants that have been under permanent guardianship of Calgary & Area Child & Family Services.

The applicant must:

  • Have been under permanent guardianship with Calgary Rocky View Child & Family Services at the time he/she turned 18 years of age.
  • Be over 18 years and under the age of 31 at the time of application (Priority is given to individuals over the age of 20 for whom an Extension of Care and Maintenance is not an option).
  • Not be under an Extension of Care and Maintenance
  • Meet the entry requirements of the post-secondary program for which the applicant is applying.
  • Provide a statement outlining achievements, aspirations or plans for the future, volunteer and work experience.
  • Provide a letter from a significant person in your life.

Selection is based upon: Financial need, future aspirations, demonstrated commitment to follow through.

As an outspoken voice for the advancement and equality of women, Dr. Maria Eriksen was a social advocate involved with various initiatives since the women’s movement began in the 1970s. Her most recent project was tackling a huge issue facing Alberta’s immigrants—obtaining the Canadian accreditation or training they require in order to become fully employed in their field.

Dr. Eriksen was the founding chair of the Immigrant Access Fund Society of Alberta (IAF), a nonprofit organization that offers micro loans to internationally trained and educated immigrants to help overcome the financial barriers they face in becoming able to work in their field in Alberta.

The Maria Eriksen Memorial Bursary funds professional development or technical training at an accredited institution to support the successful transition of an individual’s life in Canada.

Five bursaries at $2,000 each applied directly to tuition. The successful candidate must be:

  • An immigrant woman (Canadian citizen or Permanent resident) residing in Alberta.
  • Attending school in order to return to her pre-immigration field of work.
  • In financial need and enrolled in an accredited educational institution for the upcoming Fall.


The Clay Riddell Community Hero Scholarship was created in 2019 to honor youth who exemplify all of the traits that Mr. Riddell lived by – leadership, integrity and generosity. The award will be given annually to up to two deserving youth heroes that have been nominated by a participating Birdies for Kids charity. The young heroes will be presented with the award during the championship trophy ceremony by a representative from the Riddell Family.

Applicants must be nominated by a 2019 participating Shaw Birdies for Kids charity.

The award includes a physical trophy and a $7,500 post-secondary scholarship for any college or university degree.

The Clay Riddell Community Hero Scholarship supports students entering post-secondary in the next three years. The nominee must:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Exemplify leadership, integrity and generosity.
  • Be entering their first year of studies within three years of nomination.
  • Be in good academic standing for acceptance to technical school, college or university.

The following Funds accept grant applications, which can be downloaded.

The David Elton Outdoor Fund (DEOF) was established in 2000 in memory of David Elton, who lost his life attempting to rescue a fellow hiker from the sea. The Fund is administered by Calgary Foundation with the advice of the DEOF committee.


  • Established by Errol (Mike) and Dorothy Sherling to provide an ongoing funding source for the care of animals.
  • This Fund accepts applications from Canadian registered charitable organizations operating in Alberta with a mandate of caring for animals and finding new loving homes for each adoptable animal. Supports special projects that directly benefit animals in our community, such as capital projects, animal or public education programs, or services for animals brought to a shelter.
  • Grants from the Fund typically range from $3,500 to $7,500 and approximately four to five grants are issued each year.


To start your application, visit our Online Grants Portal and “Create New Account” if needed.

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