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 email@example.com
Our fall granting cycle has closed. Our spring granting cycle deadline is April 15, 2021. Any grant applications submitted between now and then will not be reviewed until April 2021. We do not provide funds to projects that have occurred prior to our deadline.
– The CYF funds projects that have a direct impact on youth in Calgary and the surrounding area.
– The CYF gives priority to youth initiated, youth driven projects. Youth are defined as elementary, junior and senior high age. Adult support is welcome.
– The CYF does not fund for-profit ventures.
– The CYF does not fund projects that will pass on our funds to others.
– The CYF does not cover conference fees, tuition costs, etc. for individuals or groups.
– The CYF does not fund individuals directly in the form of salary, fees etc.
– The CYF does not fund non-inclusive activities.
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.
Applications for the 2021 Jack Leslie Youth Environmental Grant will open November 2020 and close January 6, 2021. Grant will awarded in February 2021.
Congratulations to the 2020 Jack Leslie Youth Environment Grant Recipients!
The Crescent Heights Baptist Church Youth for ‘Fresh Food Gardens’
There is a wide demographic of people who live within the community who are in need. By building a garden bed on the south side of the church building, the youth will plan a garden and plant fresh vegetables and fruits for those in the community who are in need of fresh food.
The William Aberhart High School Eco Club (WAHS) for ‘School Composting’
In September, The William Aberhart High School Eco Club (WAHS) will install a composting program throughout their school. Students will assist with collecting the compost, and bringing to the janitorial staff who will empty them into their already-existing compost site. The goal is to succeed where other composting programs have failed with buy in at the student level.