Energizing Spaces Fund
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Important COVID-19 Update
In cooperation with our partner, Enmax, we have decided to postpone awarding the ENMAX Energizing Spaces grant for the spring cycle. We recognize that during a state of emergency this is not the best time for folks to be filling out applications or monitoring deadlines, etc. That said, Enmax is very committed to supporting our members through Energizing Spaces. We will keep you posted!
Energizing Spaces Fund is BACK – With a twist!
In 2015 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.
ENMAX has renewed Energizing Spaces, a reimbursement grant, until the end of 2022, with $75,000 each year up for grabs! Not only will this program continue to cover electrical appliance replacements and outdoor rink and safety lighting, but it will also include a few energy efficiency install events.
There are three application streams: Appliances, Rink and Safety Lighting, and Energy Efficiency Install.
Application Deadlines are March 31 and September 30
As part of this exciting Energy Efficiency Install twist, ENMAX will also offer your community residents a workshop to support their own energy efficient solutions. This is a great way to engage your people as this is a topic with broad appeal. You only need to open your space up and promote the workshop. The install and workshop day will take place sometime in the fall. Don’t worry, we will work with you to determine the best timing.
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
- This is a reimbursement grant. So you must pay for the appliances and lighting upfront and then submit receipts for reimbursement. Note: Pre-purchased appliances are not eligible for reimbursement. Appliances must not be purchased until we issue a recipient letter.
- The grant covers 100% of the new cost, however, you are responsible for the cost of disposing of the “old”
- Received two or more Energizing Spaces grants? Please give others a chance
How to Apply
- Have a board motion indicating support to participate in the Energizing Spaces Fund
- Get two quotes, for the exact same ENERGY STAR appliances or outdoor lighting desired. Please note: natural gas appliances and indoor lighting are not eligible for this Fund.
- Complete the appropriate application. Due to demand, we would ask groups only apply for one stream:
- Wait one month after the application deadline for a reply from the Federation
- We know you’re eager, but as this is a reimbursement grant, do not purchase your appliances or lighting until you have received a confirmation letter from the Federation
- Save time! Only apply once per year, as unsuccessful applications will be reviewed in the second round without you having to resubmit.
How to Get Reimbursed
- Once you have received your approval confirmation letter, purchase your approved products or work with our team to organize the “install day” and workshop (as appropriate)
- Submit the receipts to the Federation of Calgary Communities within six months of recipient letter – we cut cheques at the end of each month.
- Along with your receipts, tell us about your energy saving purchases with pictures, stories, poems, etc.
- Also, let us know if you see energy savings so we can let ENMAX know more about their impact!
How to Recognize ENMAX
ENMAX is committed to helping our members enhance their buildings and outdoor spaces to make them safe, enjoyable and energy efficient. In fact, they believe if you can save money on your energy costs, you can reinvest those in your programming and services, better serving your community. In addition, we are all reducing green house gases and supporting the environment.
The Federation would ask that you give ENMAX recognition for their support of the Energizing Spaces Fund. Here are a few ideas on how to thank ENMAX.
- Display the ENMAX logo on your website
- Publish ENMAX editorial content in your newsletter from time to time
- Recognize ENMAX at your AGM
- Put the ENMAX provided decal on new appliances
- Use supplied ENMAX factoids around your building
- You might also consider hosting an ENMAX Energy Efficiency Workshop – this is a great way to engage residents in your community
How to Recognize the Federation
Name the Federation of Calgary Communities as the coordinator of Energizing Spaces on your website, in your newsletter and in your annual report as appropriate.
Please note: we cannot be referred to as “FCC.” We either go by our full name or the “Federation” for short.
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.
What is an Energy Efficiency Install?
You are applying for a skilled volunteer team along with the necessary energy efficient products to come out to your space for an “Energy Efficiency Install” day. You are not expected to purchase anything. Depending on your needs, the coordinator will determine the products, from your list, that will maximize your energy savings, so not everything on your application may be installed. You will need to work with the organizers to ensure they have access to the various places in the building to install the products. Install should be complete within 4 hours. As part of this offering, you are also agreeing to an energy efficiency workshop as offered by Enmax (perhaps on a different day than the “install day”. Don’t worry, we will work with you to determine the best timing). This is a great way to engage your members as this is a topic with broad appeal. Energizing Spaces will provide the volunteers, the energy efficiency products, the workshop expert and food for the workshop. You only need to open your space up and invite people to the workshop.
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.
|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||$4,177.95|
|Beddington Theatre Arts Centre||Commercial dishwasher||$ 6,534.00|
|Greater Forest Lawn 55+ Club||Freezer||$ 3,936.51|
|Shepard Community Association||Microwave||$ 1,429.25|
|Silver Springs Community Association||Commercial fridge||$ 1,783.95|
|Renfrew Community Association||Outdoor Security Lighting||$ 2,656.50|
|Rosemont Community Association||Nighttime flood lights for two outdoor rinks||$ 10,000.00|
|Sandstone MacEwan Community Association||Replacement of 12 light fixtures||$ 8,818.89|
|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|
|Banff Trail||Commercial refrigerator||$1,774.49|
|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|
|Skate shack refrigerator|
|Skate shack range|
|Range hood fan|
|Renfrew||Ice rink lighting||9,486.75|
|Organization||Appliance(s) or Outdoor Lighting||Total|
|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|
|West Hillhurst||Commercial refrigerator||$2,412.90|
|Cambrian Heights||Ice rink lighting||$4,546.06|
|Dover||Commercial bar refrigerator||$3,758.99|
|Queensland||Ice rink lighting||$9,197.00|
|Thorncliffe/Greenview||Parking lot lighting||$8,112.30|
|Tuxedo Park||Commercial refrigerator||$2,793.00|
|Glamorgan||Outdoor rink lighting||$7,324|
|Inglewood||Outdoor facility lighting||$2,583|
|Good Companions 50 Plus Club||Commercial dishwasher||$9,427|
|Deer Ridge||Ice rink lighting||$7,980|
|Huntington Hills||Exterior facility lighting||$8,321|
|Marlborough Park||Commercial refrigerator||$3,452|
|Willow Ridge||Commercial refrigerator||$3,192|
|Bowness||Two commercial ranges||$9,248|
|Winston Heights-Mountview||Two commercial refrigerators||$5,870|
|Albert Park/Radisson Heights||Commercial dishwasher||$4,787|
|Marda Loop||Commercial refrigerator||$4,497|
|Cambrian Heights||Commercial dishwasher||$5,213|
|Chinook Park/Kelvin Grove/Eagle Ridge||Refrigerator||$8,345|
|Millican Ogden||Two refrigerators||$1,312|
|North Haven||Commercial dishwasher||$3,989|
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