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 yoda@youthcentral.com


Join Youth Central for our first annual “Track to Give Back” race, an Amazing Race-like event for youth ages 12-18 in Calgary and area. You and your team will be racing for over $1,200 in prizes all while learning about philanthropy through challenging activities. Each activity has a physical and mental component to it that each team must complete in order to receive their next clue and advance in the race. Every race participant will receive:

                        • A free meal at the end of the race

                                      • Youth Central swag

                                                    • Entered into a draw for a chance to win an additional prize!

                                                    Each team will have 3-4 members and will be racing for $1,200 in prizes! The first-place team will win up to $600, the second-place team will win up to $400, and the third-place team will win up to $200. You can sign-up as a team or as an individual. Registration is $10 and space is limited so register ASAP!

                                                    FALL 2019 GRANT APPLICATION DUE OCT 15

                                                    Our fall granting cycle is now accepting applications. Please note that if you submit an application, it will not be reviewed until October 2019 and we do not provide funds to projects that have occurred prior to our deadline.  

                                                    JACK LESLIE YOUTH ENVIRONMENT GRANT APPLICATIONS

                                                    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. Congratulations to the 2019 Grant Recipients – St. Mary’s High School Environmental Action Team and Earth Guardians YYC! Stay tuned for applications for the 2020 Jack Leslie Youth Environment grant.

                                                    THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY

                                                    ANONYMOUS FUND AT

                                                    THE CALGARY FOUNDATION