February 5, 2020 Get Engaged!

February 5, 2020 Get Engaged!

February 5, 2020

In this issue:

  • Register for our Faces of Community event!
  • ActivateYYC is back!
  • Calgary Foundation’s Pitch Night
  • Partners in Planning

… and more!

Register for our Faces of Community event!
Registration is now open for our Faces of Community event on March 6 at the Southview Community Association! Join us for a fun evening while we announce our Faces of Community 2020 and celebrate the work of our city’s amazing community volunteers! While this event is free to everyone, we ask that you register so that we have accurate numbers and names. Space is limited, click here to register today.

SOCAN Developments 
There have been new developments regarding SOCAN and Re:Sound music licencing and compliance. In July 2019, SOCAN and Re:Sound came together and formed a joint venture called Entandem, merely to streamline compliance for you and simplify the process. For any organizations, facility-based or otherwise, who require a license to play music – either for your own programs or events, or on behalf of third party groups renting space from you – please make sure you read up on the new developments by clicking here.

Exciting new addition to Energizing Spaces Fund
This year ENMAX has grown the Energizing Spaces program to include energy efficient upgrades! Not only can you continue to apply for grant money to upgrade old appliances and outside rink or safety lighting, you can now apply for funding to replace items that create energy inefficiencies within your building. Keep an eye out for application details coming next week!


Click here for more upcoming events

ActivateYYC is back!
ActivateYYC is back for 2020 with a new focus on traffic calming! The application will launch on February 15, with more details to come. Click here to sign up for the ActivateYYC newsletter to be the first to know.

Calgary Foundation’s Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk is a weekend of free, locally-led walking tours inspired by legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Communities are only as strong as the people who build them and Calgary Foundation wants your help! They are currently recruiting walk leaders for this year’s Jane’s Walk weekend on May 1-2-3. Anyone can lead a walk, because everyone is an expert on the place where they live! Help spread the word by downloading this social media package with suggested posts and images, available for download here.

Ask Her YYC Program
January 15 marked the launch of the Ask Her YYC program, Prepare Her! Prepare Her is a flagship program designed to train women to run successful campaigns. Send in your application if you are a woman and interested in running in the 2021 municipal election. Note that you do not have to run in 2021 to apply. Click here to learn more or to send in your application.

Calgary Foundation’s Pitch Night 
In partnership with RBC Foundation, the Calgary Foundation’s pitch night encourages Calgarians to pitch their ideas to improve, enhance, or revitalize their community or neighbourhood. No dragons or sharks! YOU be the judge. Watch groups pitch their ideas and YOU get to decide which ones will share in the $50,000 in Neighbour Grants awarded at the end of the night on April 4. Click here to apply by March 2!

Calling for Calgary Awards nominations
For 26 years, The Calgary Awards have celebrated exceptional achievements and contributions made by Calgarians. This is your opportunity to nominate deserving individuals, businesses and organizations that made a difference in 2019. Deadline is February 24. For more information, click here.

TD Park People Grants Open
Make your green space great with events like park clean-ups, tree-planting and movie nights! TD Park People Grants will provide $2000 to groups from Metro Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Greater Toronto Area, National Capital Region (Ottawa-Gatineau), Montreal, Quebec City or Halifax Regional Municipality, to build community and support environmental stewardship in your park or green space. Applications close on March 2. Visit the website to get all of the details.

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month. Be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates! ​​​​

1. Partners in Planning
Last chance to register for our upcoming Partners in Planning course “Planning Implementation.” Join us as we learn about the Land Use Bylaw and other factors that can affect design and the built form. This Saturday February 8, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We also have an optional introduction session to the Guidebook for Great Communities.

2. Greenline Stage One Update
Last week, members from the Green Line presented an updated Stage 1 alignment Green Line LRT route to City Council. The revised plan will help address construction risk, cost and customer experience concerns on the project. Visit the link above to provide comments on the updated alignment.

3. Short-term Rentals
Do you own a short-term rental? On February 1, 2020, Council approved changes to the Business Licence Bylaw, now you require a business licence to run a short-term rental. This will help to protect the ability of homeowners to earn additional income off their properties. For more information on the regulations, lodging houses, the good host guide and/or to apply for a business licence, click the link above.

4. Calgary’s New Event Centre
Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) would like to hear your ideas and aspirations for Calgary’s new event centre. Please click the link to read more about the project, find out more about engagement opportunities.

5. City of Calgary Library Installation
Visit the People + Places make Great Communities interactive display at the Central Library to learn more about the Guidebook for Great Communities. The installation is on the 1st floor in the create space, it will be there till the end of this month. Click the link above for more details

Commonly Used Grants 
Is your organization currently applying for grants and brainstorming other ways you can fundraise to support the amazing community work you do? Please check out our resources for tips on grant writing, tips on creating a fund development plan and a list of grants available for community-based organizations.