The City of Calgary partners with local non-profit organizations to deliver social, recreational, arts and sports programs to Calgarians. These partnerships contribute to our overall quality of life and strengthen the non-profit sector.
2017 Prevention Investments Capacity Building Program
- The application period is now closed.
- We are accepting proposals for Emerging Issues projects throughout the year.
What is it?
The Prevention Investments (PI) Capacity Building Program is an investment initiative to help eligible non-profits build their organizational effectiveness and address emerging issues in Calgary.
City Council has approved up to $1 million for one-time capacity building projects in 2017.
How to apply:
1) Ensure your organization AND proposed project meets the following requirements.
- Non-profit organizations registered under the Societies Act or the Companies Act in Alberta, or the federal Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and operating within Calgary's city limits are eligible to apply.
- The organization must have a track record of effective program or service delivery aligned with the proposal.
- Proposed projects must align with the FCSS Act and the Social Sustainability Framework
- Applicants will have to demonstrate how the project they are proposing meets the needs of Calgary's vulnerable populations, and how they will further social inclusion or strengthen neighborhoods.
2) Determine if your project meets the requirements for ONE of the categories. We will accept an application for only one category per organization. Note: applicants may only receive funding from the Capacity Building Program once per calendar year.
- Funds are available to organizations who are currently funded through The City's Prevention Investments program, including Family & Community Support Services and the Crime Prevention Investment Plan.
- This funding aims to strengthen the organization's effectiveness and enhance program design to meet the needs of Calgary's vulnerable populations, as defined by the Social Sustainability Framework.
- Projects must align with best practices, and with clearly identified outcomes that further social inclusion or strengthen neighborhoods.
Examples: Strategic or business continuity plans, diversity policies, or program improvements.
- Funds are available to support social inclusion, strong neighbourhood and policy and systems initiatives.
- Eligible non-profit organizations who are not currently funded through The City's Prevention Investments programs may apply for this funding.
Examples: Innovative strategies to address service gaps, initiating or convening partnerships to collectively address an emerging issue.
3) Consult with one of our social planners. To receive an application, you'll need to consult with one of our social planners. They will confirm if your organization and project meets the eligibility requirements and one of the funding categories. If you meet the criteria, the social planner will provide you with an application form.
If your organization is currently receiving funding through The City's Prevention Investments program AND has a project that meets the project eligibility requirements :
- Contact your Social Planner to discuss your ideas and how they meet the criteria for either the Organizational Effectiveness or Emerging Issues.
- Your Social Planner will work with you to determine if your ideas meet the criteria. If so, they will provide you with an application to complete.
- Application period for Organizational Effectiveness projects is closed.
We are accepting proposals for Emerging Issues projects throughout the year.
If your organization is not receiving funding through The City's Prevention Investments program AND meets the organizational and project eligibility requirements:
- Your project must meet the criteria as outlined under “Emerging Issues”. Outline your idea and email it to email@example.com
- A social planner from the Prevention Investments team will contact you within two business days.
- They will work with you to determine if your ideas meet the criteria. If so, they will provide you with an application to complete.
- We will accept applications throughout the year until funds are exhausted.
If you have any questions about eligibility and your ideas, please contact your social planner (if you are currently funded organization) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capacity Building Program FAQ
How much money is available in the Capacity Building Program?
Council has allocated $1 million towards one-time capacity building funds.
Is there a maximum or minimum amount available to applicants?
No, there are no minimum or maximum limits. The Prevention Investments team will recommend funding based on the need or scope of the project, the proportion to the base funding (if the organization is currently funded), and the matching or collaboration with other funders, if pertinent to the project.
How will funding proposals be assessed?
All funding proposals will be reviewed by the Prevention Investments team within the Calgary Neighbourhoods business unit in The City of Calgary. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following:
- Demonstration of need, and evidence to support request
- Demonstration a value added, and further collective goals
- Clear outline of intended outcomes
- Alignment with best practice research in the advancement of addressing organizational capacity, program delivery, or service gaps
- Demonstration that proposal is clearly one-time, with the ability to spend the dollars and report on them by December 31, 2017
Can our organization submit more than one application? Can we apply to both Organizational Effectiveness and Emerging Issues categories?
Organizations may only receive capacity building funds once per calendar year so we will only accept one application from an organization at a time. You'll be asked to select whether you are applying under the Organizational Effectiveness or Emerging Issues category; you cannot submit an application for both at the same time.
Is there an opportunity for long-term funding?
No, capacity building funds are a one-time source of funding. If approved, your organization will be expected to spend the funds by December 31, 2017.
What happens if we weren't able to spend the funds by the project's end date?
You can request a contract extension if the funds are not expended by the expected project's end date. Otherwise, any unused portion of the funds must be returned to The City of Calgary.
Are there any reporting requirements?
Yes, if your organization is approved, you'll be required to complete a project end report on how funds were spent and any results achieved. The final report is due 30-days from the project's end date.
When are applications due?
The deadline for Organizational Effectiveness projects was March 17, 2017. The application period is now closed. We are accepting proposals for Emerging Issues projects throughout the year.
I've submitted my application. When will I know the outcome?
If you submitted a proposal for an Organizational Effectiveness project, we will notify you via email by April 30, 2017. If you submitted a proposal for an Emerging Issues project, we will notify you within four weeks of your submission.