Town of Canmore

Community Grants

The Town of Canmore Community Grants Program provides funding to Canmore-based not-for profit societies and community organizations. Funding will support local initiatives and local/regional events that promote a circular economy, a sense of belonging, community affordability, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. A new funding program for larger/international events (major events) will be launched in June 2022.

How to Apply
The 2022 Community Grant Process has now closed. Eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Community Grant Selection Committee. A portion of the council-approved community grant budget will be awarded based on this ranking.

Applications that incorporate circular economy activities, that create a sense of belonging, that increase community affordability, and that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion will be ranked higher.
Eligibility Criteria
Community organizations and not-for-profit events and societies that promote a circular economy, a sense of belonging, community affordability, and equity, inclusion, and diversity are eligible for funding.

Applications will be considered eligible if: 

· The application adheres to relevant Town of Canmore policies Town of Canmore - Policies
· The application is complete
· Application documentation is submitted before the posted deadline
· The Organization is a community organization or not-for-profit event/ society that promote a circular economy, a sense of belonging, community affordability, and equity, inclusion, and diversity
· The Community Organization includes four or more committee members (or project volunteers)
· The event is not considered a major event
· The organization has met the responsibilities of a previously provided grant
· Organizations must demonstrate good financial standing



Applications will not be considered eligible if:

· The application does not adhere to relevant Town of Canmore policies Town of Canmore - Policies
· The application is incomplete
· Application documentation is submitted after the posted deadline
· The Organization is a for-profit business and/or event
· The Community Organization includes three or fewer committee members (or project volunteers)
· The event is considered a Major event
· The organization has not met the responsibilities of a previously provided grant
Events Eligible or Community Grant Program Funding
Local and Regional events are eligible for funding.

Regional Events are defined as events that draw provincial and/or national participants and audiences. These events typically increase economic activity and community vibrancy during the event. Regional events have limited international participation and limited international and national media coverage.

Local Events are defined as events that are organized by local community members, for local community members. Local events increase community vibrancy and create a sense of belonging.

Larger international events (major events) are not eligible for community grant funding. Major events are typically awarded and require federal, provincial, and/or municipal funding.
 Examples of circular economy activities that are eligible for funding
To be eligible for funding organizations must demonstrate that the initiative or event promotes circular economy principles by incorporating waste-limiting activities. Examples of circular economy activities include:

Product Life Extension – extending the life of products through repair, upcycling, re-selling, redistributing, or repurposing. Examples may include product repair workshops and services, thrift or consignment stores, clothing swaps, construction and demolition re-use centres, food rescue or recovery programs. 


Sharing Platforms – sharing of goods and spaces rather than individuals owning their own items. Examples may include libraries, car sharing, bike sharing, tool or household item lending libraries, ​game and toy lending libraries, re-usable coffee cup or take-out container share programs, shared work or studio spaces.

Product as a Service – offering a service rather than ownership of a material or item. Examples may include laundromats, high-end clothing rental, outdoor gear rental​, bear spray rental, reusable dish rentals.

Resource Recovery - obtaining additional uses and value from resources. Examples may include diverting food waste to produce compost, spent grain from breweries used for animal feed, ​reusing recovered building supplies, or upcycled clothing.
Can community groups that do not have society status apply for funding? 
Yes. A group of individuals with a shared interest who come together to further a mission are eligible to apply for funding.  Community organizations are not society, non-profit, or for-profit organization. To be considered a community organization, the group must contain at least three community members and/or project volunteers.
Funding Allocation
Eligible applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Community Grant Selection Committee. A portion of the council-approved community grant budget will be awarded based on this ranking.

Applications that incorporate circular economy activities, that create a sense of belonging, that increase community affordability, and that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion will be ranked higher.
What is considered a major event?
Larger international events (major events) are typically awarded, and require federal, provincial, and municipal investment. Major events include international participation and media coverage, require additional municipal support (staff time and space), and have a lasting impact on the local economy.

For more information about major events, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Reporting Requirements for the Community Grant Program
Successful applicants will be required to complete and submit a final summary, on or before Jan. 31, 2023, that includes:

· Description of grant allocation
· Statement of impact: a brief synopsis of how the organization served community (less than 500 words)
· Picture describing initiative/event that can be publicly shared
Contact Information
If you require more information on the community grant program, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include Community Grant in the subject header. All inquiries will be responded to within two business days.  

Click here for a summary of past recipients.

 

 

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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