First Calgary Financial’s Grant programs
We offer two grant streams:
- Act Local program: smaller dollar donations (up to $4,000) to support neighbourhoods near our branches. Reviewed at ongoing basis by nearby branches. Please note, applications are not accepted in September and October, but will re-open November, 2018.
- Community grant program: larger dollar donations to support community programs affecting measurable change within our community pillars.
Organizations may only apply for funds from one grant stream, and are eligible for one grant within a 12 month period.
- If your project or event is neighbourhood specific, in the vicinity of our branch location, please apply for the Act Local grant program
- If you are a registered charity, working on an ongoing program or project impacting Calgarians, regardless of neighbourhood, please apply for the Community Grant program
Act Local Program
When a First Calgary Financial branch is in your neighbourhood – your community is stronger because of it. Let’s help you kick start your community initiative, in any way we can!
These sponsorships are designed to support grassroots projects and events making an impact in local neighbourhoods surrounding our branches.
- Sponsorships and donations of up to $4,000.
- Applications accepted from non-profit organization, societies, charities, cooperatives, and social enterprises.
- Employees and branches are empowered to make decisions locally, both in terms of helping members and which organizations we choose to support.
note: Act Local Applications to Re-Open November, 2018.
These larger grants are for projects or programs working to make a measurable social impact within at least one of the four community focus areas supported by First Calgary Financial.
- Grants requests up to $10,000.
- Applications accepted from registered charities.
- Applications deadline occurs annually and decided by committee review.
- We cannot fund requests for projects starting before the grant deadline.
- Funds will not be available until September 15, 2018.
- Organizations must have values that are consistent with the mission and values of First Calgary Financial.
Upcoming deadline: August 1, 2018
Projects and events must make an impact in one of our four focus areas:
- Supports entrepreneurship & skills training
- Provides financial education and inclusion
- Affordable housing
- Builds community pride and revitalization
The Community Grants stream does NOT fund the following:
- Specific health-related causes
- Specific political parties
- Specific religious causes
- Capital campaigns
- Debt repayment
- Infrastructure costs
- Individual sports teams
- Fundraisers for individuals
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