Town of Canmore

Community Grants

COMMUNITY RECOVERY GRANT – Opens April 26, 2021

Deadline: noon, May 31, 2021

Canmore-based community organizations, and not-for-profit events and societies with a mandate in sport, recreation, art, culture, ethno-culture, social service, economic improvement and/or the environment are eligible for recovery grant funding for programs, services and/or events that increase residents’ connection to community, strengthen informal support systems, and create a vibrant mountain community.


Overview

The purpose of the recovery grant is to provide operational funding to:

  • Host community-centric events, programs, and/or services that strengthen informal connections between residents
  • Support provincial, national and/or international events, programs or services that create opportunities for local participation
  • Build awareness of local businesses and services, and encourage participation in local businesses
  • Create a welcoming, social experience that strengthens connections between residents and visitors
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives that increases community pride and resilience

 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants can request up to $10,000 in recovery grant funding.

Eligible Applicants

Applicants are:

Not-for-Profit Society (Nonprofits): A registered legal structure where all profit is reinvested into the organization to further their mission.

Community Organizations: Organizations that provide programs and/or services that benefit the residents of Canmore.

Community Event Organizations: A group of individuals who work together to create and produce a community event. 

Applicants must: 

  • Be in good financial standing;  
  • Demonstrate fit with the purpose of the grant; 
  • Have a feasible plan for allocating Recovery Grant funding; 
  • Demonstrate benefit to Town of Canmore residents;  
  • Have a clear plan for adhering to provincial public health directives; and  
  • Have an operational plan that adheres to all relevant Town of Canmore policies. 

The Town of Canmore reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who, in our opinion, has the resources or ability to access funds through government programs or other opportunities, or who do not fit with the Town’s vision, goals, or strategic priorities.

Note: If an organization does not have a formal Board of Directive, a community committee can act as the board for the purpose of this grant application.

*Applicants seeking funding for Bow Valley-wide initiatives may also apply to the Town of Banff

Ineligible Applicants

Applications are ineligible if:

  • The applicant is a for-profit business and/or corporation;
  • The application is incomplete;
  • The application and related documentation are submitted after the posted deadline;
  • Applicant has received municipal funding within the fiscal year;
  • Program or service falls under a Provincial and/or Federal mandate; or
  • Applicant has not met the responsibilities of a previously provided Town of Canmore grant.

The Town of Canmore reserves the right to disqualify any applicant who, in our opinion, has the resources or ability to access funds through government programs or other opportunities, or who do not fit with the Town’s vision, goals, or strategic priorities.

Application Ranking

Applicants will be ranked by the Community Grant Selection Committee to determine the portion of council-approved budget that applicants will be awarded in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated fit with the Town of Canmore’s current vision and goals;
  • Demonstrated fit with the purpose of the grant;
  • Benefit to residents of Canmore;
  • Project budget and timelines are reasonable; and,
  • Ability to complete the project within 18 months (from date of the Letter of Agreement), unless an extension is officially granted

Successful Applicants

On or before December 1, 2021, successful applicants will be required to complete and submit a final report to the Town of Canmore that includes:

  • 2021 board-approved operational budget and year-to-date actuals that outline expenditures related to the Town of Canmore grant
  • Statement of impact: a brief synopsis of how the organization served the community 

For more information on the Town of Canmore’s Recovery Grant program, please contact Lisa Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 


Community Event Grant: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

Eligible projects under the Community Event Grant stream are for events that create Economic Development and promote the Town as a destination for activities that fit our community identity while promoting a vibrant and engaged community. The community event grant application and applicant criteria can be found pdf here (279 KB) .

The maximum funding amount that eligible projects may be awarded is $10,000.

Community Initiative Grant: POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Eligible projects under the Community Initiative Grant stream are for initiatives in sport, recreation, parks, arts, culture, social service, and the environment. The community initiative grant application and criteria can be found pdf here (274 KB)

The maximum funding amount that eligible projects may be awarded is $5,000.


A summary of past recipients can be found pdf here (88 KB)

 

 

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