Energizing Spaces Fund

Energizing Spaces Fund

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What is the Energizing Spaces Fund?

Because centres are at the heart of our communities!

The Energizing Spaces Fund was created to help ensure that Calgary’s community spaces can continue to enhance our neighbourhoods for many years to come.

To support the important role that community centres play in improving neighbourhood life in Calgary, ENMAX, in collaboration with the Federation of Calgary Communities, is excited to announce the Energizing Spaces Fund!

The Energizing Spaces Fund is a reimbursement grant for Federation members to replace old energy sucking electric appliances with new, energy efficient models, and to upgrade old outdoor facility or ice rink lighting to LED fixtures. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 per application, per year.

In Calgary there are more than 150 community associations and 100 community centres. These facilities are the heart of our communities and provide Calgarians with a place to gather, play, learn and create memorable experiences.


To be considered eligible for Energizing Spaces funding community groups must:

  • Be a member of the Federation of Calgary Communities
  • Hold a current lease or license of occupation with The City of Calgary
  • Be a society in good standing
  • Have board approval to participate in the program
  • Understand this is a replacement program, so funds are reimbursed and don’t include disposal of old appliances or lighting
  • Apply for ENERGY Star energy efficient electrical appliances, or outdoor lighting upgrades.
    – Please note: natural gas appliances and indoor lighting are not eligible for this Fund
  • Apply for up to 100% of the cost of the appliances or outdoor lighting to a maximum of $10,000 per application per year
  • Submit only one application per year
  • Remember: This is a reimbursement grant, so pre-purchased appliances are not eligible for reimbursement. Appliances must not be purchased until funds are awarded.

How to Apply

  1. Have a board motion indicating support to participate in the Energizing Spaces Fund
  2. Get two quotes for the Energy Star appliances or outdoor lighting desired
  3. Complete the online appliance application here or the outdoor lighting application here
    – Important: if you are applying for both appliances and lighting you must complete both separate applications
  4. Wait one month after the application deadline for a reply from the Federation
  5. As this is a reimbursement grant, do not purchase your appliances or lighting until you have received a letter from the Federation

How to Recognize ENMAX

  1. Display the ENMAX logo on your website
  2. Publish ENMAX editorial content in your newsletter from time to time
  3. Recognize ENMAX at your AGM
  4. Put the ENMAX provided decal on new appliances
  5. Use supplied ENMAX factoids around your building

How to Get Reimbursed

  1. Once you have received your recipient letter, purchase your approved appliances
  2. Submit the receipts to the Federation of Calgary Communities no later than the third Monday of the month
  3. Please Note: Energizing Spaces Fund recipients must submit receipts within (6) months from the date the recipient letter was sent
  4. Tell us about your purchase with pictures, stories, poems, etc.
  5. Let us know if you see energy savings so we can let ENMAX know their contribution!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we buy new appliances or lighting for new spaces or is it a replacement program?

Energizing Spaces is a replacement program for energy sucking 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.

Are only kitchen appliances eligible?

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

Is there a list of appliances to choose from?

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

How do I find out how old my appliance is?

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

What do I need to know about replacing outdoor light bulbs?

Click here for an information sheet on things to consider when choosing LED light bulbs.

How many applications can we submit?

Federation members are eligible to submit one application per year, 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.

How much funding is available?

A total of $75,000 is available.  We will provide about $35,000 in funding for each deadline date.

Why did the Rink Lighter program end?

Prior to discussions about the Energizing Spaces Fund, ENMAX made the decision to the cut the program as they invested about $16,222.80 into Calgary; an average of $216.30 per community. Additionally, not all communities were eligible for the program, or had ice rinks. ENMAX felt they could provide a bigger impact and invest more into the community with a different type of program.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Click here to contact us with any questions you have.

Past Recipients

Organization Appliance(s) or Lighting Total
Forest Lawn Various outdoor lighting $9,535.55
Whtitehorn Ice rink lighting $8,799.00
Deer Run Stackable washer and dryer $4,177.95
Mini refrigerator
Riverbend Commercial refrigerator $10,000.00
Commercial dishwasher
Southview Commercial dishwasher $7,400.40
Commercial dishwasher
Organization Appliance(s) or Lighting Total
Haysboro Ice rink lighting $9,612.75
Hidden Valley Ice rink lighting $5,726.60
Pineridge Facility and ice rink lighting $8,184.75
Alexandra Centre Society Refrigerator $2,071.62
Mini refrigerator
Banff Trail Commercial refrigerator $1,774.49
Bridgeland-Riverside Commercial refrigerator $2,880.15
Capitol Hill Commercial single door refrigerator $5,400.15
Commercial double door refrigerator
Inglewood Main kitchen refrigerator $3,898.65
Main kitchen range 1
Main kitchen range 2
Bar refrigerator
Kitchenette refrigerator
Kitchenette freezer
Skate shack refrigerator
Skate shack range
Bowness Commercial refrigerator 7,478.23
Commercial freezer
Lakeview Commercial refrigerator 5,536.55
Range hood fan
Ranchlands Commercial refrigerator 3,122.70
Renfrew Ice rink lighting 9,486.75
Rosedale Facility lighting 9,954.47
Organization Appliance(s) or Outdoor Lighting Total
Dalhousie Reach-in refrigerator $4,996.95
Deer Run Refrigerator $1,782.90
Glendale Ice rink lighting $9,555.00
Good Companions 50 Plus Club Freezer $1,326.15
Shaganappi Ice rinks, tennis courts, and basketball courts $10,000.00
Temple Range $6,507.89
Commercial refrigerator
West Hillhurst Commercial refrigerator $2,412.90
Woodcreek Commercial refrigerator $2,328.70
Cambrian Heights Ice rink lighting $4,546.06
Dover Commercial bar refrigerator $3,758.99
Falconridge/Castleridge Commercial refrigerator $1,974.00
Marlborough Park Freezer $807.45
Queensland Ice rink lighting $9,197.00
Renfrew Commercial refrigerator $3,463.02
Rosscarrock Refrigerator $4,781.33
Thorncliffe/Greenview Parking lot lighting $8,112.30
Tuxedo Park Commercial refrigerator $2,793.00
Organization Appliance(s) or
Outdoor Lighting
Glamorgan Outdoor rink lighting $7,324
Inglewood Outdoor facility lighting $2,583
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Commercial refrigerator $9,744
Commercial dishwasher
Dalhousie Commercial freezer $4,405
Killarney/Glengarry Commercial refrigerator $4,031
Commercial refrigerator
Whitehorn Commercial refrigerator $3,024
Good Companions 50 Plus Club Commercial dishwasher $9,427
Commercial refrigerator
Acadia Bar cooler $6,880
Ice maker
Deer Ridge Ice rink lighting $7,980
Highland Park Refrigerator $840
Huntington Hills Exterior facility lighting $8,321
Marlborough Park Commercial refrigerator $3,452
Westgate Commercial microwave $702
Willow Ridge Commercial refrigerator $3,192
Commercial refrigerator
Organization Appliance(s) Total
Bowness Two commercial ranges $9,248
Cedarbrae Freezer $3,040
Dalhousie Commercial dishwasher $7,765
Winston Heights-Mountview Two commercial refrigerators $5,870
Albert Park/Radisson Heights Commercial dishwasher $4,787
Dover Commercial refrigerator $3,918
Marda Loop Commercial refrigerator $4,497
Chest freezer
Montgomery Freezer $3,624
Westgate Commercial range $5,495
Acadia Commercial refrigerator $4,353
Cambrian Heights Commercial dishwasher $5,213
Chinook Park/Kelvin Grove/Eagle Ridge Refrigerator $8,345
Commercial dishwasher
Crossroads Range $1,709
Washing machine
Glendale Commercial refrigerator $1,780
Millican Ogden Two refrigerators $1,312
North Haven Commercial dishwasher $3,989



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