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Grassroots Grants

The Calgary Foundation has been providing Grassroots Grants since 1999.

Neighbour Grantsour first grassroots granting program, has helped hundreds of community associations, faith groups, school communities, and charitable organizations build community gardens, paint neighbourhood murals, celebrate diversity and belonging, and lead many other kinds of projects to strengthen the fabric of neighbourhood and community life.

Stepping Stones was added in 2006, thanks to a partnership with First Calgary Financial, to help even more Calgarians bring their project ideas to life, from neighbourhood knitting circles and bike swaps to free family carnivals that raise awareness about local poverty and community info sessions on how to vote.

The kinds of things groups do with their grassroots grants vary tremendously. What stays the same:

To learn more about the field of grassroots grantmaking, check out the resources of the Grassroots Grantmakers network. 

To learn more about the spirit of Calgary Foundation grassroots grants, please watch the short films below from our award-winning documentary film Our City, Our Soul: Five Neighbourhood Stories about our special edition Soul of the City Neighbour Grants.