All Calgary residents deserve safe, interactive, and fun spaces to play and to gather in . Community green spaces offer an outdoor place to stay active, learn and build connections. Parks Foundation Calgary exists so we can all enjoy a healthy lifestyle, by supporting community-led park projects. This grant program was created with this vision in mind; together we continue to meet this need in our local communities.
The Building Communities (BC) Program helps to support a variety of community-led initiatives by awarding grants up to $25,000. In addition to funding projects we pride ourselves in providing on-going project support throughout the duration of every project. Our goal is to build community capacity, and promote stewardship for children and community residents, by supporting the development of new and valued community spaces. Since the program began in 2009, over 150 new or improved community-led projects have been completed, valued at over $23 million.
The Building Communities Grant can be used for the development of new or improved community-led park or playground projects. Any non-profit organization, educational institution, society or group can apply if they:
- Have opened Project Gift Administration project account with Parks Foundation Calgary *application required
- Are registered as a non-profit society and have a Certificate of Incorporation
- Has objectives relating to parks, community spaces or playgrounds
- Demonstrate community and financial need
*Projects must be accessible to the public and within the City of Calgary boundaries to qualify for the Building Communities Grant Program.
NOTE: Parks Foundation has changed the Building Communities Grant program application process. We will now be accepting applications on a tri-annual basis. Applications deadlines can be found below.
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You must complete our Project Gift Administration application first, in order to be considered for this grant. Applicants who do not apply for Project Gift Administration will not be considered for BC funding. This Project Gift Administration program accepts applications on an on-going basis.
Please contact Sara Stepa, Grant Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project idea prior to submitting an application.
Applications deadlines are:
- January 15th
- May 15th
- October 15th
Applications are reviewed by our Building Communities Advisory Committee. The review process may take up to eight weeks. After applications have been reviewed, the Committee forwards its recommendations to the Parks Foundation Calgary Board of Governors for final approval.
Two copies of your application are required upon submission, a completed electronic application and one hard-copy application. Please review the grant program guidelines and document checklist located in the application, to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.
Our application form can be found below.
By building playgrounds, Parks Foundation Calgary is also building communities. To realize this objective, the Foundation also relies on a broad range of donors and supporters for matching funds and contribution of time and supplies. Interested corporate groups can contact Sara at (403) 974-0747, email@example.com, for information about volunteer opportunities that help community projects become a reality.