Community Organization Grants


Burns Memorial Fund provides grants to Calgary organizations working with low-income children and youth in the areas of health, education and recreation. Applicants must be registered charities working in Calgary.  Funded programs must align with at least one of the following goals:

 

Each child is healthy, safe and has access to optimal health care.

 

Each child is ready for school, experiences success in school and graduates.

 

Each child has the opportunity to participate in recreational activities which help them to discover their talents and develop their full potential.

 

There are two streams in the Community Grants program. Organizations can submit applications to both streams.

 

1. Project Grants

Project grants are intended to support time-limited projects, seed or start-up activities, capital costs, one-time program costs, capacity-building or other similar endeavours. Grants are not multi-year and cannot be used to cover ongoing program costs.

Funded programs must align with at least one of the goals outlined above and must assist Calgary children under 21 years of age who encounter barriers due to lack of resources.

Burns Memorial Fund is interested in a natural supports approach, which connects youth with positive family, community and peer relationships. Although a natural supports approach is not mandatory in this granting stream, preference will be given to organizations working from this perspective.  For more information, please see Working with Vulnerable Youth to Enhance Natural Supports: A Practice Framework.

Project grants will not exceed $15,000. The average grant will be in the $10,000 range. The grant deadline is May 1, yearly. Grant decisions will usually be made within ten weeks of the application deadline. The grant application can be downloaded below:

Before submitting an application, applicants MUST discuss their proposed project with Michelle Clarke, Executive Director at 403-234-9396 ext. 4 or michelle.clarke@burnsfund.com.

 

2. Multi-year grants focused on a natural supports approachFamily2

At the end of 2017, three multi-year grants will be awarded to support the operational costs of organizations implementing a natural supports approach in their work.

While a growing body of research clearly demonstrates the connection between positive natural supports (family, community and peer relationships) and healthy youth development, the practice of helping youth to identify, strengthen and extend their natural supports lags far behind. This funding is intended to help address that gap.

Individual grants will not exceed $60,000 per year and will be awarded for a three-year period (2018-2020).  As these will be multi-year commitments, this opportunity will not be available every year.

Applicants must be registered charitable organizations based in Calgary. Funded programs must align with at least one of the goals outlined above and must assist Calgary children under 21 years of age who encounter barriers due to lack of financial resources.

Successful applicants will demonstrate an existing commitment to implementation of the natural supports approach and will be working on an ongoing, intentional basis with vulnerable young people and their natural supports.  For more information on the natural supports approach, see Working with Vulnerable Youth to Enhance Natural Supports: A Practice Framework.

Grants are intended to cover operational costs related to implementing a natural supports approach. Funding may not be used to start a new natural supports “program” or cover service delivery costs. The intention is to build the capacity of organizations that have already demonstrated a commitment to this approach and require financial support for the organizational change processes involved in implementation. Eligible costs could include training, supervision, change management processes, policies and procedures review and implementation, revision of strategic plans, board engagement and similar expenses.

The application deadline is September 22, 2017. Grant decisions will be made by the end of the calendar year.  The grant application can be downloaded below.

Applicants must discuss their proposal with Michelle Clarke, Executive Director at (403) 234-9396 ext. 4 or michelle.clarke@burnsfund.com before submitting an application.

Completed grant applications can be submitted to communitygrants@burnsfund.com and will be acknowledged via email. If you do not receive an email notice that your application was received, please contact Michelle Clarke.