The Calgary Youth Foundation (CYF) began in 1994 as the first program of its kind in Canada with a purpose to turn dreams into reality. Involving youth in a hands-on approach to philanthropy, the Calgary Youth Foundation provides youth with an opportunity to create positive change in their community by allocating grants to community projects, preparing a presentation and pitching to potential funders.
A committee of 8-10 youth aged 12-18 meets twice a month to organize and prepare for two granting cycles (Spring and Fall) in which they allocate funds to deserving projects around Calgary. The committee reviews all applicants, select the recipients and distribute the funds as a team. In addition, the committee organizes fundraising initiatives that contribute to Youth Central’s endowment fund at the Calgary Foundation. Applications for the youth members of the CYF Steering Committee are available in August/September and are selected in October of each year.
For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a great idea for a youth (ages 12-18) project in Calgary, our Calgary Youth Foundation have the funds to back you up!
Receive up to $2,000 for a youth-driven project in your community.
Applications for our Fall 2018 grant are now closed. Any applications received past October 15 will be considered for our Spring 2019 granting cycle.
In partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council, the Calgary Youth Foundation facilitates the Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant. Two school groups are eligible for $1,000 each, and individuals are eligible for $500 each, for a project that will benefit the environment in Calgary. The Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant is a creative partnership between Youth Central, the Leslie family, the City of Calgary and the Parks Foundation. The grant recognizes the positive impact Jack Leslie, former Mayor of Calgary, made to the city and the environment and encourages youth in Calgary to continue with his efforts. The deadline for the 2019 Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant is April 29, 2019. Applications are not yet open.