Frequently Asked Questions

We’re sure you have questions! Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received.

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Is this a matching grant?

You do not need matching funds to apply — you can just use this grant. However, we love to see folks leverage this grant to get more funding to contribute to a bigger project!

When will you be reimbursed?

You will be reimbursed at the end of the month in which The Federation receives all the receipts and proof of payments, your final report and pictures of your intervention.

Can I apply for more than one grant stream?

No, you can only apply for one grant stream per year.

What is the deadline to complete for ActivateYYC 2023 projects?

All projects must be completed by September 30, 2023 and all reports and documents must be submitted by October 30, 2023.

When would you need City Permits by?

You will need to get City permits before you start developing your project, if your project needs City permits. This would require you to get City permits as soon as possible in order to have your project completed by the end of October. If you have any trouble getting your permits, feel free to reach out to us at activateyyc@calgarycommunities.com

What is the difference between the $1000 and $5000 grants?

The $1000 projects focus on wayfinding, parades and activated spaces. The goal of wayfinding is to get more people out and about, and discovering new places in their communities.  It can help people get around or just discover new things.  Parades are fun events to encourage human-powered mobility around your neighbourhood.  Activated spaces encourages neighbours to re-imagine space into place using cheap and cheerful messages.

The $5000 projects will take place on residential streets within neighbourhoods. These projects will encourage traffic calming, accessibility, safety, walkability and so on.  They will all require City permits to proceed and you will need to work with the Federation in depth. These grants must be submitted by March 30, 2023 and are on a first come first served basis.

The $10,000 grants are large project that transform a public space.  These projects require you to work with the Federation in depth on permits and approvals.

Can you choose which grant to apply for?

Yes. You must select one of three streams to apply for. You can only apply for one grant.