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ENERGIZING SPACES 2024!

Applications open until June 30th at midnight

Energizing Spaces powered by ENMAX is a 100 per cent reimbursement grant to support community-based organizations to become more energy efficient while reinvesting dollars saved into programs and services that enhance neighbourhood life in Calgary. Energizing Spaces helps to ensure that community spaces in Calgary can continue to enhance neighbourhoods for many years to come.

How Can energizing spaces support your community?

Penbrooke Community's Install Day

Like many CAs, Penbrooke is dependant on volunteers to run their facility and oversee maintenance, rentals and all their programs.  Other than funding from the city for infrastructure maintenance, the board needs grants or fundraising to pay for equipment and operational costs, like utilities. 

The Penbrooke board was seeing a big chunk of their casino funding going to electricity and heating bills of $3000-$4000 per month, and they knew that their icemaker and refrigerator were on their last legs. By applying to Energizing Spaces powered by Enmax, they received a grant to replace these appliances AND were the successful applicant for Install Day!

 

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Eligibility

To be considered eligible for Energizing Spaces funding, community groups should:

  • Be a member of the Federation of Calgary Communities
  • Be a society in good standing
  • Have board approval to participate in the program
  • Ability to pay upfront and then be reimbursed for expenses.
  • Appliances purchased must be ENERGY Star appliances
  • Can apply for up to 100% of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per application per year
  • Be able to demonstrate how the investment will engage or impact your residents
  • Only one successful application per organization, every 2 years
  • Pre-purchased appliances are not eligible for reimbursement. Appliances must not be purchased until funds are awarded.
  • Electrical projects selected must use The Federation’s chosen contractor, no cash substitute will be available.

One intake annually.

Applications are currently closed!

Stay tuned for when applications will open up again! You can keep up with the latest Energizing Spaces news on our social media, or through our newsletter! 

4 Streams of Funding

Every eligible community group may apply for Installation Day Funding, as well as one additional stream of funding.
NEW
Install Day
We are looking for ONE great community building. ENMAX employees will come in early fall to install energy efficient tools; as well as offer an educational opportunity to your residents. All you need to do is invite your members and open your doors. ENMAX and The Federation will do the rest.


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Appliances Application
Apply to replace your old worn-out electrical appliances. Pictures are worth a thousand words… so show us how old and gross they are! Our judges will be looking for how your appliances help support community impact. Let us know about your programs and impact (i.e., food security, child related program, seniors, newcomers, etc.). Applicants can apply for any number of appliances up to a maximum of $10,000. Ensure your quotes are for EnergyStar appliances.
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Rink & Security Lighting Application
Apply for up to $10,000 to replace EXISTING rink lighting, parking lot lighting and outdoor security lighting. This year, we will also consider NEW security lighting requests. We will also be finding one contractor to do the installation of the outdoor lights, taking that burden off your plate. (Please let us know the type of bulb(s), how many lights and wattage. Acre Electric will be providing quotes for shortlisted applications.)


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NEW
Outdoor Market Lighting Application
Don’t have a large venue? Apply for the plug in outdoor market lighting option ($500) to energize a community space! Our judges will be looking for how this additional lighting will impact your community.
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How to

APPLY

  • Have a board motion indicating support to participate in the Energizing Spaces Fund powered by ENMAX.
  • Get Quotes (for Appliance applications only)
    • Get two quotes, for the exact same ENERGYSTAR appliances Please note: natural gas appliances and indoor lighting are not eligible for this Fund. Ensure your quotes are for EnergyStar appliances
  • Apply for stream(s) of funding:

*Note: You do not need to apply for Install Day to be eligible for one of the other streams of funding.

  • Wait one month after the application deadline for a reply from the Federation.
  • This is a reimbursement grant. Do not purchase your appliances until you have received a confirmation letter from the Federation. The Federation will work with you to coordinate the lighting projects. We will also contact the company to do the work.
  • Apply once every two (2) years. We will only have one intake per year.

How to get

REIMBURSED

Appliances:

  1. Once you have received your approval confirmation letter, purchase your approved products.
  2. Submit the receipts and proof of purchase to the Federation of Calgary Communities within six months of the recipient letter– we reimburse at the end of each month.
  3. You will need to provide a picture and a small write-up outlining the impact your Energizing Spaces Grant has provided your organization.

 

Lighting and Install day:

  1. You will not have to pay any bills. When you receive your approval letter work with the Federation to coordinate the installation of the approved lighting.
  2. You will need to provide a picture and a small write-up outlining the impact your Energizing Spaces Grant has provided your organization.

Check out some Frequently Asked Questions

Energizing Spaces powered by ENMAX is a replacement program for appliances and outdoor lighting. The goal of the program is to replace old appliances and outdoor lighting with new energy efficient models to help save on energy bills. Appliances over 10 years old will have priority in our funding decisions. Pre-purchased appliances or lighting are not eligible for reimbursement. Appliances or lighting must not be purchased until funds are awarded.

No, any electrical appliance is eligible, whether located in the kitchen, bar or other public area.

No, as we want to leave it up to your community to select based on your specific needs.  Appliances being requested should however be EnergyStar rated.

Visit appliance411.com and put in your appliance’s serial number and other information to find out the age.

For new security lights, we need to understand what the project would require. If you are replacing existing lights, please include the number, type and wattage of the bulbs in the application form. If new, indicate that in your application. We do NOT require a quote from an electrician. Acre Electric will create a quote for all shortlisted projects.

For market lights, they must be the plug-in variety.  This grant can not support solar at this time. 

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Federation members are eligible to submit one application every two years, up to $10,000. The Federation will bring all applications to the table following each deadline and funding decisions will be made based on the highest need for that particular deadline date.

A total of $85,000 is available per year. One intake annually, and the deadline is June 30.

Contact us at Energize@calgarycommunities.com with any questions you have.

Click the buttons to be redirected to an application form. One of our team members will get back to you about the outcome of your application as soon as we can!

PAST RECIPIENTS

Our rink is used by a diverse range of Calgarians of varying age, ability and immigration status. Energizing Spaces funded our new rink lights, and now people can safely use the rink, day or night, no matter the season. The new lights increased interest from community groups looking to use the recreation space regularly, and our rink has really become a bustling hub for our community!

Deer Run’s daycare and after school programs support over 100 kids. These programs rely on our freezer to continue these programs, but not only was it disruptively noisy, it constantly needed repairs. Through Energizing Spaces, we were able to upgrade to a new, energy-efficient freezer. Now, we not only save money on energy and food waste costs but can reinvest these savings back into our community.

The rink lighting is a huge part of our outdoor hockey and skating season. After 30 years, the old bulbs were at the end of their life. The lights impact is immediately noticeable when the hours of sunlight decrease, and the outdoor activities continue! We’re also looking forward to the energy savings we will see in upcoming bills. A huge thank you to ENMAX for providing this funding.

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