Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant

Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant

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Developed out of the This is my neighbourhood (TIMN) program, the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant (ING) is intended to support communities in creating a city of safe and inspiring neighbourhoods. $150,000 of TIMN funding has been repurposed for the ING to fill gaps in funding options for community associations to advance the building of great communities across Calgary.

The Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant supports community-led projects and initiatives with the following objectives:

  • Support communities in becoming more socially cohesive with safe, inclusive spaces and programs that respond to residents’ needs
  • Help residents feel an increased sense of belonging and contribute meaningfully to their neighbourhood
  • Develop community organizations that are resilient and working towards achieving greater sustainability

The Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant is a matching program. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the grant request. Applications are accepted online throughout the year with ongoing review periods – apply now.

What projects can the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant be used for?

Beautification and placemaking

  • beautify community spaces
  • create safe and inclusive gathering spaces
  • community-led (Note: City staff may advise on development, installation and construction)
  • must be maintained as per the applicable agreement with The City of Calgary

Maximum funding allotment up to $12,000 in matching funds.

Communication and engagement

  • increase community engagement and resident participation
  • increase communication and service delivery to community
  • can be a pilot project

Maximum funding allotment up to $10,000 in matching funds.

Community education and safety

  • support communities in confronting racism and discrimination
  • promote intercultural and interfaith understanding and foster equitable opportunities
  • promote and build LGBTQ2S+ safe spaces within communities
  • support community safety enhancements and/or education
  • support community-based, safety-enhancing studies
  • can be a pilot project

Maximum funding allotment up to $5,000 in matching funds.

Social and recreation program

  • support new community-based programming
  • responsive to community needs
  • addresses a program gap in the community
  • builds community capacity/sustainability relevant to programming
  • can be a pilot project

Maximum funding allotment up to $2,500 in matching funds.


  • support new technology-based projects or training
  • increases capacity/sustainability of the organization

Maximum funding allotment up to $5,000 in matching funds

More guidelines for the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant

Who is eligible for the grant?

Eligible Organizations

  • Community Associations (CAs) in good standing with The City of Calgary and/or the Societies Act of Alberta

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • be an organization in good standing in the Province of Alberta and/ or The City of Calgary (organizations with a Lease/License of Occupation)
  • has not received a previous Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant in the same calendar year
  • project must occur within City of Calgary limits and be geographically defined within a neighbourhood
  • project must demonstrate inclusivity with diverse neighbourhood participation encouraged
  • project must be completed within one year upon receiving funding

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • contribute to neighbourhood pride and involve residents and volunteers in the project planning process
  • have accounted for considerations included in the ING tip sheet

Other considerations:

  • at least one grant per year will be awarded to eligible projects in each of The City of Calgary’s wards, provided qualified applications exist
  • projects may require insurance, permits, a memorandum of understanding, or other City permissions

Ineligible Projects and Expenses

Examples of ineligible expenses:

  • Invoices/proof of payment (including deposits) dated prior to the date of your approval letter from The City will be considered ineligible expenses.
  • fundraising for costs not related to the project
  • contingency, a sum of money set aside at the start of a project to cover increased projected costs
  • direct financial compensation for the Board of Directors, individuals or families
  • maintaining ongoing programs and/or services
  • funding of staff positions or volunteer honorariums
  • deficit or debt repayment
  • projects on private property
  • commercial activities and related costs
  • travel and accommodation costs
  • additional insurance related to project
  • equipment not directly related to the program being applied for
  • one off event
  • annual events

Matching requirements

The Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant is a matching program. The applicant must contribute an amount equal to or exceeding the grant request.

The 50 per cent matching contribution from organizations can consist of:

  • professional services donated at a reasonable rate – the value to be provided by the professional donating their services
  • cash on hand
  • matching grant funds

An organization may be eligible for additional funding that exceeds 50 per cent of the project cost if the CA can demonstrate the following criteria:

  • financial hardship
  • existing funds are restricted for other uses
  • extraordinary circumstances that limit the ability to secure matching funding, labour, materials and equipment
  • an immediate need for the project to be undertaken
  • the justification must be clearly set forth in the application

Application process

Applications are accepted online throughout the year, beginning in January, with ongoing review periods.

Applications must include:

  • contact information for the organization and project lead
  • letters of support and City of Calgary approvals, if applicable.
  • project description and timeline
  • project budget showing anticipated revenue (if applicable), expenses and matching contributions
  • design information (if applicable) including site map and drawings
  • project details demonstrating how it meets eligibility criteria and objectives.
  • consideration for maintenance and sustainability

If you require assistance with your application, please contact your Neighbourhood Partnership Coordinator.

Review and approval process

Applications are fully reviewed considering the funding streams, eligibility criteria and supporting documentation provided. Organizations may be contacted if further information or clarification is required. Applications will be reviewed by the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant review team, comprised of staff from Calgary Neighbourhoods. Final funding recommendations will be approved by appropriate signing authorities within City Administration. The estimated timeline for approval is four to six weeks from receipt of a completed application.

It is important applicants retain a complete copy of their application for their own records should The City of Calgary have questions regarding the application. Incomplete applications will be returned.

All decisions are final, and no appeals will be considered.

Applicants may not resubmit an application for the same project until written notification of the outcome of the current application is made by The City of Calgary.

The Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant will be reviewed after the first year of implementation with input from applicants and internal staff. Future grant reviews will be conducted as needed.


Each grant recipient will be required to submit a final report as specified by The City of Calgary.

It is recommended organizations retain records for seven years from the date of grant closure letter from The City of Calgary.

To maintain transparency and accountability The City will make all funding allocation amounts available publicly.

Review the Inspiring Neighbourhoods Grant reporting document before submitting application online.