The PartnerParks Conceptual Drawing Grants program is intended to provide “seed money” for the development and enhancement of Calgary’s parks, playgrounds, pathways, natural areas, and open spaces. The program supports projects that provide significant benefit to the continuation and enrichment to Calgary’s parks and pathways.
The Partner Parks Conceptual Drawing Grant program is intended to provide “seed money” to hire a landscape architect or designer to provide a professional drawing that reflects the innovative vision a group would like to create. Up to $5,000.00 can be awarded to any non-profit organization, club, league, education institution, or group endorsed by an appropriate body to support a project the will enhance Calgary’s parks, pathways, natural areas, and open spaces. The architectural drawings also provide a preliminary cost estimate for the project, and a visual aid to show donors, stakeholders, and city representatives during the first stages of approvals.
Playground designs are not eligible for a Conceptual Drawing Grant.
Applications are reviewed and evaluated by Parks Foundation staff and approved by our Board of Governors using the following criteria:
- Project has a clear vision and describes the community need as it relates to parks and community residents
- Project idea is complex and innovative. Ensure a local contractor/supplier cannot produce the same work without a concept design. Ex. Traditional playgrounds, rink improvements
- Project has considered the benefit and flexible use of the park space and considers how a variety of demographics will use the space
- The project must be within the Calgary municipal boundaries
Applications are accepted in electronic format and can be submitted to the Grant Program Manager @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and approved by our Board of Governors.
*Note: Our Board of Governors does not meet during the summer months.
Grant funds are paid directly by Parks Foundation Calgary to the Landscape Architect firm that has been chosen by your organization.
The Partner Parks Conceptual Drawing Grant Program can award up to 10 grants each year.
Projects with highly complex and innovative design ideas will receive higher priority.
If desired, hard-copy applications can be mailed to:
Partner Parks Conceptual Drawing Grant Program
Parks Foundation Calgary
225-13th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 1N8