September 20, 2017

 September 20, 2017

Energizing Spaces Fund Deadline Fast Approaching!

The round 2 deadline to apply to replace your old appliances or outdoor lighting is September 30. This is the last time you can apply in 2017, so don’t miss out! If you applied back in March and did not receive funding, you don’t have to re-apply. However, you might want to submit new price quotes to Rebecca! Click here for more information and application forms.

Monday Mingles
Starting on October 2 we are launching Monday Mingles! On the first Monday of every month our offices will be open until 9:00pm so that you can stop by in the evening to chat with us about any questions or concerns you may have, if you need information and resources, or if you’d just like to come say hello and meet our team! In an effort to engage in the municipal election, our first Monday Mingle will be focused on the campaign. We’ve surveyed candidates for their response on the value of community associations, so join us on October 2 as we mingle and discuss candidate feedback. Election candidates have also been invited to attend. If you can’t make it in person you can also visit us online using GoToMeeting. Click here for more information.
Community Planning Exchange
Join us on Saturday, November 4th for our 6th Community Planning Exchange (CPE)! This year CPE will explore the theme of “Change in Communities”. This half day workshop will give communities an understanding of laneway housing, heritage overlays, and age-friendly planning; three innovative approaches that are being used in our city to address change. Through presentations and a walking tour from community and industry experts, you will learn how the city is addressing change to make our communities more vibrant and diverse. Register here.

Governance: Whose Job is it Anyways? – Thursday, September 21
Monday Mingles – Monday, October 2
Treasurer’s Workshop for the Inexperienced Accountant – Part 1 – Thursday, October 5
Lunch and Learn: Income Inequality in Calgary’s “Three Cities” – Tuesday, October 10
Grow Your Community Hub (Daytime Workshop) – Wednesday, October 11
Click here for more upcoming events
Board Leadership Calgary 2017
Registration for BLC is now open! Focusing on board governance fundamentals, non-profit funding and financial management, and overall best practices in the voluntary sector, this one-day learning event is one not to miss. Click here for more information and to register today.
Government of Alberta looking for input to foster a more inclusive Alberta​
Alberta is committed to promoting an inclusive society built on a foundation of mutual respect. As part of the Government of Alberta’s ongoing efforts to gather the experiences and insights of Albertans in dealing with racism and promoting diversity and inclusion, they are conducting a survey dealing with racism and promoting diversity and inclusion. To complete the survey before September 22, 2017 or for more information, visit
Faces of Community Nominations
Know a fellow community volunteer who should be showcased as one of our 12 Faces of Community next year? Or want to nominate yourself? The deadline is October 15 so don’t miss out on recognizing someone who goes above and beyond in your community! Click here for all you need to know or to nominate someone today!
YYC Community Lens
YYC Community Lens is a new website with the sole purpose of showcasing community events taking place across our city. The website features an event calendar by date, as well as the option to search by city quadrant and category of event. Just launched this month, YYC Community Lens wants to know about your events! Fill out the simple event form on the website to get your events listed.
Charter for Inclusive Communities
In 2016, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), created the NCCM Charter for Inclusive Communities to condemn all forms of Islamophobia and encourage inclusivity. The Federation has endorsed the Charter for Inclusive Communities and is hoping to inspire and champion our community associations to do the same as well. Everyone has a role to play in building strong, resilient, and welcoming communities. Click here to endorse the Charter.
Calgary Stampeders Fundraiser
Don’t forget about the special ticket price and community association fundraiser the Calgary Stampeders are offering for their September 29 game against Montreal. A special ticket price of $35 + GST is available, with a $3 donation from every ticket sale going to the community association of the ticket buyer’s choice. Click here for more information and feel free to promote this on your website and social media!

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. City Charter Information and Survey

The Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary have developed a city charter that will give Calgary’s municipal government more authority and flexibility. You can provide your thoughts on the charter regulations by completing this survey, and your answers can be used to help inform potential changes to the draft regulation before it’s finalized in fall 2017.

  1. Call out for community members to join our Urban Planning Committee

We are seeking community members from new or suburban developing communities to join our Urban Planning Committee (UPC). UPC is an advisory committee that meets monthly to discuss major planning processes or issues that the Federation is working on, or to identify items that need to be on our radar. Click here to learn more and apply!

  1. Partners in Planning schedule

The Partners in Planning Program (PIP) is an award-winning planning certificate training program offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities in partnership with The City of Calgary, designed to help community association planning volunteers and the public develop skills for effective participation in the planning process. You can now register for the seven free courses here.

Grant Writing 101
Looking for options to bring your community together, but you needs funds to do so? What is the board members role in fund development? Let us help you with some grant writing tips and also our Activate YYC Grant details.
  1. City of Calgary Grant Writing Proposals
  2. The Board’s role in Fund Development
  3. Activate YYC Guidelines

ActivateYYC projects are now underway! The next few months are full of many unique projects that will encourage you to “walk, play and be neighbourly”. Check out our map of upcoming projects to see what’s happening near you!

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