Call for funding proposals

The City of Calgary partners with local non-profit organizations to deliver preventive social service programs to Calgarians. These partnerships contribute to our overall quality of life and strengthen the non-profit sector.

Family & Community Support Services call for funding proposals – 2022 – CLOSED

The City of Calgary accepted applications for the Family & Community Support Services (FCSS) program from April 14, 2022 to June 2, 2022. Funding was available for established non-profit organizations to provide evidence-based preventive social service programs and initiatives that promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities.

Information on eligibility requirements and application process can be found here.  

Capacity-Building and Emerging Issues Fund call for funding proposals – 2022 – CLOSED

2022 Capacity-Building and Emerging Issues Fund

The Capacity-Building and Emerging Issues Fund is available to eligible non-profit organizations for one-time initiatives to strengthen their organizational effectiveness, increase their programs’ impact, and address emerging issues and trends that are impacting Calgarians.

The Capacity-Building & Emerging Issues Fund is implemented via two focus areas, each with their own eligibility criteria: Emerging Social Issues for initiatives that address an emerging social issue or trend and Organizational Effectiveness for initiatives that strengthen organizations.

Community-based organizations

This year community-based organizations will be encouraged, and supported, to submit proposals within either funding stream, to implement initiatives that will lead to positive change for the Calgarians they serve. Community-based organizations are those that are:

  • A registered non-profit organization;
  • Led by members of the community they serve, and;
  • Have an annual operating budget of less than $250,000 a year, or
  • Have four or less fulltime-equivalent (FTE) staff positions. 

See the glossary section for more information on communities and community-based organizations.

Of the $1 million of City funds allocated towards capacity-building, up to $350,000 will be directed towards initiatives developed by community-based organizations. The City has partnered with the Calgary Foundation and the United Way of Calgary and Area to collectively provide financial and in-kind support for the community-based organizations that receive funding.

How to apply

All eligible applicants must apply through the Funding Information Management System (FIMS) Download this copy of the application form to prepare your answers ahead of time.

Organizations that don't have a FIMS account must register in the FIMS system before accessing an application. Organizations access FIMS with a myID business account. A myID business account is a single sign-on approach used by businesses and organizations to access City services online. Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

If you have questions or experience challenges accessing FIMS during this application period, please contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca at any time for alternative options to submit your application. Successful applicants will need to set up a FIMS account for payment and reporting purposes

If you have questions during this application period, contact us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca at any time.

Application period

The 2022 Capacity-Building and Emerging Issues Fund is now closed. Applications were accepted from January 10, 2022 until March 7, 2022.

Questions can be directed to fundingproposals@calgary.ca at any time.

Description of funding

A total of up to $1,000,000 is available in 2022.

The purpose of the Capacity-Building & Emerging Issues Fund is to strengthen the capacity of the non-profit sector, organizations and/or programs to effectively address the needs of Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. Funds are intended for initiatives that will strengthen an organization’s effectiveness or service delivery, so that its outcomes can be improved and sustained over time. Initiatives should be targeted at developing the capabilities of an organization so it can better respond to the changing needs of Calgarians. 

The Capacity-Building & Emerging Issues Fund is implemented via two focus areas, each with their own eligibility criteria: Emerging Social Issues for sector-wide initiatives and Organizational Effectiveness for initiatives that strengthen organizations.

Objectives

Emerging social issues 

Grant amount: $15,000 to $50,000 for each project.

Funds are available to support initiatives to address an emerging social issue or trend. Initiatives should be led by members of the community that are directly involved in, or impacted by, a particular issue. These initiatives would support knowledge development and exchange amongst the community most impacted by the issue and/or social service organizations that would respond to it. Funds may be used to establish new collaborations or strengthen existing collaborative efforts. 

Examples of initiatives include:

  • Creation of a sustainability plan to support the social inclusion of a community or population;
  • Participatory action efforts to increase involvement of stakeholders in addressing issues of social inclusion;
  • Social inclusion initiatives addressing service gaps among Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities;
  • Collective impact initiatives that coordinate efforts among organizations focusing on a specific issue;
  • Collaborative initiatives with organizations that seek to explore how issues can be addressed at the systems or policy level.

Anticipated outcomes:

  • New innovative strategies developed to address emerging social issues;
  • Individuals of a community are brought together to identify needs and solutions;
  • Innovative community-based initiatives are designed, developed, and implemented;
  • New partnerships among two or more non-profit organizations are established and sustainable;
  • Coordinated response to emerging social issues or trends;
  • Service gaps and strategies to address them are identified. 

Organizational effectiveness

Grant amount: $10,000 to $30,000 for each project.

Funds are available to support an organization in increasing its effectiveness to support Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. 

These initiatives would include increasing the adaptive or technical capacity of an organization to support Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. Such work should go beyond regular programmatic activities of an organization and seek to enhance the ability of the organization to be adaptive and responsive. This capacity-building work should start with an assessment of the organization in order to accurately determine how it can better serve Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities.

Examples of initiatives could include:

  • Adjusting program design to be more responsive to the needs of Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities;
  • Strategies that help organizations better align with emerging trends in the non-profit sector, or better respond to emerging issues impacting its targeted population group;
  • Related capacities include power analysis, network analysis, understanding the emerging issue lifecycle;
  • Evaluation or learning tools to better identify and understand the community they serve;
  • Development of policies or practices that result in more equitable, anti-oppressive, or anti-racist service delivery. 

Anticipated outcomes

  • New strategies that enable an organization to prioritize, innovate, and respond to internal or external changes;
  • Redistribution or reallocation of organizational resources to better respond to emerging issues;
  • Increased ability to implement new organizational or programmatic functions. 

Eligibility

Emerging social issues

Organizational eligibility

  • All non-profit social service organizations (including community-based 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;
  • Organizations must have a track record of serving the community most impacted by the emerging social issue.

Initiative eligibility

  • One-time initiatives that address systems gaps or sector trends that may be impacting Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities;
  • Initiatives that work with an impacted population to develop new strategies to address an emerging social issue affecting Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities.

Organizational effectiveness

Organizational eligibility

  • Community-based organizations that are 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.
  • Organizations that are currently supported through the following funding programs administered by The City of Calgary:
    • Family & Community Support Services;
    • Crime Prevention Investment Plan;
    • Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework;
    • Community Safety Investment Framework

Initiative eligibility

  • One-time initiatives that strengthen organizational effectiveness and/or enhance program design to meet the needs of Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities.

Ineligible initiatives

Capacity-Building funding is not available to support initiatives focused on the ongoing delivery of programs or services. Operational and administrative costs beyond those related directly to the initiative will not be funded.

Initiatives related to emergency or COVID-19 response are not eligible through the Capacity-Building Fund.

How we assess your application

Only one application may be submitted per organization.

Applications will be assessed in the following areas:

Fund eligibility

  • Application is received by the deadline – late applications will not be processed;
  • Application is complete - partial application will not be processed; 
  • Organization is a registered non-profit organization and a legal entity in good standing;
  • Organization operates within Calgary city limits;
  • Organization and initiative align with the criteria of one of the two focus areas;
  • Demonstrate that initiative is clearly one-time, with the ability to spend the dollars by Dec. 31, 2022.

Initiative eligibility

  • Clear articulation of whose capacity is being built, what capacity is being built, and how capacity is being built;
  • Evidence of unmet or changing need of Calgarians is clearly articulated, including impacted population(s);
  • Impacted community is involved in proposed response (if applicable);
  • Clear outline of intended outcomes;
  • If partners are involved, their roles are clearly identified;
  • The budget is proportionate to the type of proposed activities. 

Steps to apply

Read the information on this webpage in its entirety before filling out your application.

Register for a myID business account and the Funding Information Management System (FIMS). Learn about how to obtain a myID business account and register for FIMS here.

Applications must be submitted online through FIMS.

After you have applied

All applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application.

Applicants may be asked to submit additional documents or answer questions to support the review and decision process.  

Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback on why the application wasn’t successful and what could be done differently in the future. Requests for feedback should be sent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Successful applicants will need to provide proof Commercial General Liability (CGL) in an amount not less than Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) inclusive, with The City of Calgary as an additional insured.  

Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with insurance in the application’s budget section.

Reporting

Organizations will be required to report using the following accountability methods:

  • An initiative-end report will be submitted through FIMS that details the initiative outputs and outcomes. This report will be due on March 1, 2023;
  • A financial report and an unaudited financial statement will be submitted through FIMS. This report will be due on March 1, 2023;
  • For initiatives funded for $25,000 or more, audited financial statements will need to be submitted within three months after the organization’s fiscal year-end.  If organizations currently receive funding through one of our prevention investment funding programs, funds can be accounted for as part of the organization’s annual global audit.
    • Family & Community Support Services;
    • Crime Prevention Investment Plan;
    • Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework;
    • Community Safety Investment Framework.

Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with audited financial statements in the application’s budget section. 

Glossary

  • Capacity-Building - Building the capacity of an organization or community involves strengthening the resources, capabilities, knowledge of a group, with the end goal of strengthening that group’s ability to achieve its mission and vision and increase its measurable impact. (Adapted from: Huffman, D., Thomas, K., & Lawrenz, F. (2008). American Journal of Evaluation, 29(3), 358-368.);
  • Community - A community is a group of people that interact and support each other, and are bounded by shared experiences or characteristics, a sense of belonging, and often by their physical proximity. Examples include, but are not limited to, communities of geography, race, culture, religion, ability, sexuality, and experience.(Adapted from: Cobigo, V., Martin, L., & Mcheimech, R. (2016). Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 5(4), 181-203.);
  • Community-based organization -  Non-profit, non-governmental, or charitable organizations that represent community needs and work to help them. Community-based organizations may be associated with a particular area of concern or segment of the community. For the purposes of this fund, eligible community-based organizations are those that are led by members of the community they serve and have an annual operating budget of less than $250,000 a year or  have 4 or less fulltime-equivalent (FTE) staff positions.
  • Emerging Social Issues -  A social condition, behavior, or service gap that has a negative impact on Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. The identified issue does not need to be new, but the approach to addressing it should be;
  • Funding Information Management System (FIMS) -  A secure, online platform for non-profit organizations to manage their organization's profiles, manage their reporting requirements, and apply for funding for social programs and services;
  • myID - An online service that provides citizens and business owners access to multiple City of Calgary services using a single account. A myID business account is required to access the Funding Information Management System (FIMS);
  • Organizational Effectiveness - Developing the capabilities of an organization to improve its effectiveness and sustainability. (Cornforth, C., & Mordaunt, J. (2011). Voluntas, 22(3), 428-449.).

Contact us

If you have identified barriers with this call for funding proposals or would like to suggest ideas on how to make this funding more equitable, please contact us. We commit to integrating the feedback when possible and providing rationale if we are currently unable to make the changes. 

Email: fundingproposals@calgary.ca

 

Learn about current funding allocations.

Community Safety Investment Framework Fund call for letter of intent (Ambassador Program Investment) - 2022 - CLOSED

Community Safety Investment Framework Fund call for letter of intent (Ambassador Program Investment) 

The Community Safety Investment Framework is a collaborative effort between The City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and community partners to connect and identify ways to improve support for Calgarians in crisis due to mental health concerns, addictions, or other similar challenges.

The Ambassador Program was created to connect Calgarians to resources, services, and supports, while providing a welcoming and safe presence in a local area. There are two currently operating Ambassador Programs funded through Community Safety Investment Framework: The Downtown Ambassador Program and the East Calgary Ambassador Program. There is an opportunity to expand this service into a greater geographical area in downtown Calgary.

Through the Community Safety Investment Framework, approximately $600,000 is available for the delivery of an additional Ambassador Program(s). This is a unique program that helps to create and promote a safe downtown and requires an organization(s) that can provide a mix of hospitality, social outreach and has existing, or can develop, relationships with Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). We are looking for innovative, collaborative approaches that will provide Ambassador Program(s) in the greater downtown, with a focus on five Business Improvement Areas including 17th Avenue BIA, 4th Street, BIA, Chinatown BIA, Victoria Park BIA, and Beltline BIA. The Calgary Downtown Association (Business Improvement Area) already has an Ambassador Program in place. The organization(s) that is selected to deliver the Ambassador Program(s) will be expected to collaborate with the Calgary Downtown Association. If the selected organization(s) can demonstrate Ambassador Program success and funds and resources remain available, the program could be expanded. The long-term plans for the Ambassador Program(s) include accommodating Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) outside of greater downtown.

Information sessions will be available in January 2022. Register for an information session if you are interested in attending.

Before you apply

Please review the following information:

Submission period

Organizations interested in applying must submit a letter of intent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca by Jan. 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (MST). 

Description of the funding

Up to $600,000 through the Community Safety Investment Framework is available for Ambassador Program(s). This funding is for a one-year program, future funding will depend on the success of the program and availability of funds and resources.

The Ambassador Program(s) will connect Calgarians and visitors to information, services, places, and support in the greater downtown Business Improvement Areas. The focus for the program is outreach (providing resources to those in need), safety, providing a presence in the area, and building relationships with local businesses, community organizations and citizens who may be spending time in the area for work or play. We are looking for an innovative, collaborative approach.

Objectives

The Ambassador Program is based on an approach that is welcoming, engaging, and inclusive. An ambassador’s role is to spread the message that everyone is welcome – businesses, shoppers, people who live, work, and visit the greater downtown area and Calgarians experiencing vulnerabilities. 

This is a unique program that will require creativity and collaboration with a mix of hospitality, outreach, relationships with the Business Improvement Areas in the greater downtown area, as well as the larger community as needs arise. The program would require hiring, training, and mentoring of staff, managing supplies and equipment, providing a designated location, and operating seven days a week, up to 10 hours a day. 

The organization(s) would need to have the ability to launch a program by June 2022. We would consider a joint submission if multiple organizations partnered to meet the program requirements.

Eligibility and how to apply

The  Community Safety Investment Framework Fund - call for letter of intent (Ambassador Program Investment) is open to not-for-profit voluntary 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.   

Letters of intent can be submitted to fundingproposals@calgary.ca, and must be limited to two pages (any letter longer than two pages will not be considered).

The letter of intent should answer the following questions:  

  • What experience or partnership plan does your organization have to deliver outreach and/or hospitality services?
  • What are the steps that your organization will take to deliver the Ambassador Program as outlined above?
  • How soon can you implement the program?
  • How do you plan to measure the impact of the program?
  • How do you plan to collaborate with the five Business Improvement Areas in the greater downtown area and other organizations to deliver this program?
  • How much funding will you be requesting for this program?

Ensure your letter of intent demonstrates one or more of the following: 

  • That the program will increase the availability of non-emergency support and outreach services.  
  • Align the program with the six Community Safety Investment Framework principles: 
  • Transformative - to improve crisis response in Calgary  
  • Equity-based - to provide culturally and racially responsive services and remove systemic barriers  
  • Person-centered - to empower and bring hope to Calgarians and their families 
  • Coordinated - to improve systems integration for better effectiveness and efficiency 
  • Evidence-based - to use research and analysis to inform investments  
  • Trauma-informed - to strengthen resilience among Calgarians and their families 

To be considered eligible for funding the following requirements need to be met (the relevant documents may be required later):

Organizational Eligibility:

  • Demonstrate your organization’s operational capacity, including sound governance, financial outlook, and the use of evidence-based practices. 
  • Demonstrate your organization’s ability to have the necessary infrastructure to support the program including securing a physical location in the greater downtown area, human resources, training, supplies and technical support.
  • Demonstrate your organization’s ability to accommodate cultural/language requirements (e.g., Chinatown).
  • Demonstrate your organization’s willingness to collaborate with the current Ambassador Programs operating in Calgary.  

Program Eligibility:

Prepare a proposed operational program plan for the Ambassador Program(s) that demonstrates the following:

  • Your ability to manage and deliver the Ambassador Program(s) in the format outlined (operates up to seven days a week/up to10 hours a day).
  • Your ability to deliver a flexible program that is scalable to accommodate busy times (e.g., Stampede, festivals, events).
  • You or a partner's ability to program and deliver effective outreach or community-based services.
  • Your ability to launch an Ambassador Program(s) by June 2022.
  • Show your plans to evaluate and measure the Ambassador Program(s) impact.

After you have applied

By mid-February 2022, all organizations will be notified on the outcome of their letter of intent.

If your request is successful, you will be asked to submit a full application through the Funding Information Management System (FIMS). Organizations are encouraged to explore the Funding Information Management System as early as possible.

If you have any questions, please email us at fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Organizations may be asked to submit additional documents or answer questions to support the review and decision process.

Successful organizations will need to provide proof of Commercial General Liability (CGL) in an amount not less than Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) inclusive, with The City of Calgary as an additional insured.

Note: Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with insurance in the budget section.

Reporting

Organizations will be required to report using the following accountability methods:

  • Quarterly progress report through the Funding Information Management System
  • Project-end report will be submitted through the Funding Information Management System that details the program outputs and outcomes. This report will be due on June 30, 2023
  • A financial report and an unaudited financial statement will be submitted through the Funding Information Management System . This report will be due on June 30, 2023
  • An audited financial statement(s) will need to be submitted within three months after the organization’s fiscal year-end

Note: Organizations are encouraged to include the costs associated with audited financial statements in the budget section

Glossary

  • Ambassador Program(s) will connect Calgarians and visitors to information, services, places, and supports. The focus for the program is outreach (providing resources to those in need), safety, providing a presence in the area, and building relationships with local businesses, community organizations and citizens who may be spending time in the area for work or play. This is a unique program that helps to create and promote a safe downtown and requires an organization(s) that can provide a mix of hospitality, social outreach and has existing, or can develop, relationships with Business Improvement Areas.
  • Business Improvement Area is a group of businesses in an area that work together on local improvements.
  • Funding Information Management System is a secure, online platform for non-profit organizations to manage their organization's profiles, manage their reporting requirements, and apply for funding for social programs and services.
  • The Greater Downtown Area is made up of six communities that surround the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers including the downtown core, downtown west, Eau Claire, Chinatown, East Village, and the Beltline.

Contact us

Two information sessions will be available in January 2022. Register for a session if you are interested in attending.

All questions about the Community Safety Investment Framework Fund call for letter of intent (Ambassador Program Investment) can be sent to fundingproposals@calgary.ca.

Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Investment Framework call for funding proposals – 2021 – CLOSED

On March 22, 2021 City Council approved Calgary’s Mental Health and Addiction Strategy, as well as the Investment Framework. To support the implementation of the Strategy, The City of Calgary launched a call for funding proposals for two streams, each with its own eligibility criteria:

  • Connect the Dots! to enhance existing programs and services. Applications for Connect The Dots! are now closed. All applicants have been informed on the outcome of their application. 
  • Change Can’t Wait! to test innovative ideas through fast pilot process. Applications for this stream have now closed. Applicants will be informed on the outcome of their Change Can’t Wait! Application in June, 2021.

Learn about current funding allocations.

Community Safety Investment Framework Fund call for funding proposals – 2021 – CLOSED

The Community Safety Investment Framework Fund was available to strengthen existing community crisis response programs and services through two priority areas: Strengthening Existing Crisis Supports and Transforming Calgary’s Crisis Response System.

Applications for the Community Safety Investment Framework Fund are now closed. All applicants have been informed on the outcome of their application.

Learn about current funding allocations.

Capacity-Building Fund call for funding proposals – 2021 – CLOSED

The Capacity-Building Fund was available to eligible non-profit organizations for one-time initiatives to strengthen their organizational effectiveness, increase their programs’ impact, and address emerging issues and trends that are impacting Calgarians.

Applications for the Capacity-Building Fund are now closed. All applicants have been informed on the outcome of their application.

Learn about current funding allocations.

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