Calgary Youth Foundation

The Calgary Youth Foundation 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.
For youth interested in: Philanthropy, making a difference in Calgary
What we do: A steering committee of youth meets twice per month to coordinate two granting cycles each year (spring and fall). During each granting cycle, the Youth Foundation is able to grant youth-initiated projects and youth-serving agencies up to a maximum of $2,000.


If you have a great idea for a youth (12-18) project in Calgary, we have the funds to back you up!  Receive up to $2,000 for youth-driven projects in your community, school or neighbourhood. 


Next grant deadline: Fall 2018. You can submit your grant application now, but please note that it will not be reviewed until the fall of 2018. Submit your idea through our grant application form here.


Additionally, the Calgary Youth Foundation in partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Council facilitates the Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant. Two school groups are eligible for $1,000 each, as well as an individual is eligible for $500, 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 2018 Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant has now passed. 

To get involved or for more information, contact: Michelle Hodgins, Program Coordinator, at

Thank you to our generous funders:

Anonymous Fund at The Calgary Foundation