Creating safe and fun spaces for children to learn and grow.



All children deserve safe and fun places to play and to learn. Playgrounds offer an outdoor space to activate their imagination, be physically fit, and develop their social and motor skills. Parks Foundation Calgary recognizes the need for safer, more accessible, and challenging play spaces in the City of Calgary. Our program was created with this in mind and will continue to fulfill this need in our local communities.

Through its Building Communities (BC) Program, Parks Foundation Calgary helps promote a variety of community-led projects that improve the community as a whole.  The program awards grants up to $25,000 to communities or school groups that do not have the capacity or resources to fund their projects on their own. Since the program began in 2009, over 110 new playgrounds have been built, at value of over $15 million.

Through the BC program, Parks Foundation Calgary helps engage communities and schools and provides on-going support for the lifecycle of the project from start to finish. Our goals are to build community capacity, and promote ownership for many children and community residents by providing them new and valued play spaces.


Parks Foundation Calgary helps promote projects throughout the city. Eligible projects include:

  • Playgrounds
  • Fitness Parks
  • Natural Playgrounds
  • Park revitalization projects
  • Outdoor Classrooms

Projects are not limited to those listed above; other project proposals would be reviewed by PFC administration and forwarded to the Board of Governors for approval. Projects must be accessible to the public and within the City of Calgary limits to qualify for the Building Communities Grant Program.

The Foundation awards up to $25,000 to communities or school groups that do not have the capacity or resources to build playgrounds on their own. Any organization, club, community association, school or group may apply if it:

  • Has completed our Project Gift Administration application
  • Is registered as a non-profit society and have a Certificate of Incorporation
  • Has objectives and programs relating to parks and playgrounds
  • Demonstrates community need

Please note that we do NOT fund:

  • Retroactive funding
  • Projects not accessible to the public
  • Projects outside of the Calgary city limits
  • Programming/administrative costs

For the complete guidelines, please view the files listed below.

Building Communities Guidelines

Privacy Policy

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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 funding. The Building Communities Grants are evaluated on an ongoing basis.

Please contact Sara at (403) 974-0747,, prior to completing the application as she can assist you with the process.

Our detailed application guidelines and format can be found below.

Application Form

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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,, for information about volunteer opportunities that help community projects become a reality.

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