Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant process
Here’s how to get started and what to expect when applying for the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant.
Come up with a great idea that fits within one of the five ING funding streams
- Beautify a community pathway
- Run a neighbourhood market
- Plan a community art project
- Install historical and land feature interpretation boards
- Enable efficiencies to track your board’s financial reporting with improved software
- Create a community engagement plan for a larger community project
- Support mental health initiatives
Get support from your community association (CA)
- Discuss project ideas with your CA early in the process. CAs are the only eligible organizations able to apply for ING and will need to provide a board approved motion as part of the application
Pre-application Meeting with your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator (NPC)
- Review the ING grant guidelines and work through the checklist
- Review ING application for completion
- Ensure the project budget is accurate
- Filter through considerations found in the ING tip sheet (permits, neighbourhood support, insurance, maintenance, etc.)
Get a project team together
- Gather neighbours and/or members willing to help take the lead. A dedicated group of people to inspire action and keep the project moving forward is crucial for project success
Get a group of project supporters together
- Find out who might be interested in becoming a project partner. Partnerships are a great way to gain support, resources, and discover new ideas
Create a project budget
- Develop a list of expenses and estimated costs associated with putting your project idea into action. Use the ING Budget Template to determine how to match the value of the grant
Submit your application
Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant application is open for 2023 submissions.
Application review, recommendations, and decision making
- Recreation, Sport and Community Partnerships will review all applications.
- Grant decisions are made according to the funding and eligibility criteria outlined in the ING Guidelines.
- Decisions will be communicated by your NPC within four to six weeks of application submission.
Applicant is notified of decision by NPC
- Successful applicants will receive a funding approval letter and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed before funds are distributed and the project begins
- Applicants who are not successful will receive feedback and recommendations
Funds are distributed to applicant
- Applicants will need to submit a ‘Supplier Direct Deposit Enrolment Application’ to The City of Calgary Corporate Accounts Payable (refer to your NPC)
Grant recipient complete their approved community project within the agreed upon timeline
- Contact your NPC should you require any support or have questions as your project proceeds
- Please ask your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator for the link to submit your final report.
Grant recipient submits a report upon completion of the project
- The Final Report Template will include a final project budget, and a copy of all expense receipts