May 5, 2021 Get Engaged!

May 5, 2021 Get Engaged!


May 5, 2021


In this issue:

  • Energizing Spaces Fund Recipients
  • May Faces of Community Feature
  • AGLC Consultation Warps Up
  • Guide for Local Area Planning
  • and more!



Energizing Spaces Fund Recipients
We’re so excited to announce this round’s recipients of the Energizing Spaces Fund powered by ENMAX! Thank you to everyone who applied. Check out this round’s recipients and see how they will be re-energizing their community. Be Part of It!

Partners in Planning – University District
Have you heard of University District? Join us for the next Partners in Planning on May 8 at 9:00 a.m. to learn about this unique community in northwest Calgary. During the session, you will learn about the master plan, community vision, sustainable design, and its connection to the university.

Our 2021 Annual General Meeting
First, it was a drive-in. Now it’s virtual, our 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up, and it’s going to be different again! Join us on June 28 for our 2021 AGM. Like always, you will have the opportunity to meet other volunteers and share your ideas and experiences. Check out this year’s AGM package and register today.

Faces of Community – Grace
Meet Grace with the Chinatown Business Improvement Area, our May Faces of Community Feature! She has been involved with the Chinatown Business Improvement Area for five years. She believes everyone has a role to play in the community, and by volunteering, you can make a big difference. Read the full story today!

Occupational Health & Safety
Join us on May 12 at 11:00 a.m. for our upcoming Occupational Health & Safety workshop. This session will be presented by IntegralOrg and will cover the changes to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), and introduce you to IntegralOrg’s online toolkit.  Be Part of It!

Meet the Mediator
Don’t wait; register for our upcoming Meet the Mediator workshop! Join us and the Community Mediation Calgary Society (CMCS) on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. to learn how the CMCS can support your organization to effectively manage conflict. Register today to learn new conflict resolution skills.

Microsoft Teams Training
We have some new Microsoft Teams workshops coming up! On May 14, register for the Teams Channels and Files workshop; on May 28, sign up for the Teams Live events (attendee session) + Teams Breakout Rooms, June 11 for Teams Channels and Files, and Teams 100 on June 25. Be Part of It!

AGLC Consultation Wraps Up
After almost three months, AGLC consultations wrapped up. Starting in February 2021, we told you AGLC was reviewing the Gaming Model with priorities placed on access and revenue equality, use of proceeds, volunteer requirements and eligibility. Click here to learn more about the consultations, how this could affect your organization, and what you can do.

Alberta Cultural days Grant – Time’s Running Out
Do you have a fantastic idea for a cultural day event? You have until Friday, May 7, to get your Alberta Cultural Day applications submitted. This funding supports Alberta Cultural Days activities, events and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement. Learn more about this opportunity and apply today!

Get to Know Your Government: Municipal
Join us to learn more about our municipal government in Calgary. This learning event will be divided into four mini sessions. Each session will be presented by our facilitator, Paul Fairie, to help build your understanding of the topic.  Each topic will also have a guest speaker to share their personal experiences and perspectives. There will also be time for some moderated questions and answers. By the end of this session, you should:

  • Understand the role of local government and their authority
  • Hear about the top municipal issues
  • Understand the structure of municipal government
  • Understand the election process and what to expect this fall
  • Explore how to get involved beyond the vote!

Note:  this is a non-partisan educational event.

Special thanks to the Cliff Bungalow Community Association for championing this project and to The Calgary Foundation for funding it!

ActivateYYC is Now Accepting Applications for 2021!

We are offering 20 $1000 grants and 10 $3000 grants this year!

We are also hosting three free online workshops to help you through the whole process and answer any questions that you may have. We are looking forward to sharing our vision for this year with you and offering you our support to bring your ideas to life. Our first workshop is on Thursday, May 6, 5:00pm – 6:30pm! We are also hosting workshops on May 8 and May 13. Register on our website


Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month.

1. Guide for Local Area Planning (formerly the Guidebook for Great Communities)
You can read the official minutes or listen to the public hearing (Item 8.2.1) here.

Following direction from Council in March, the Guidebook team has proposed amendments to the Guidebook based on feedback received from various stakeholders. One of the proposed amendments is a new name. The document will now be called Guide for Local Area Planning (Guide). Administration presented a summary of the themes of feedback they heard at the March Council hearing. They also presented a summary of proposed amendments to the Guide. You can watch the webinar here.

Administration is proposing several amendments that can be included as part of the Guide now and a sustainment program that lays the foundation for further refinements to the Guide in the future. Administration’s report, which will include all 62 proposed amendments, can be accessed here and will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development today. You can watch the live feed here.
Learn more about the Guidebook for Great Communities at

2. Calgary: The Community Perspective Project

Becky Poschmann is a thesis student in the MEDes program with the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. She is also a fellow community association volunteer. Becky is conducting research on the experience community associations have had with community engagement planning projects. This research intends to understand how your community association received information about a planning project and the steps taken to undertake engagement.

Information can be shared and received in many ways. It is important to find a balance to ensure that community members are given equal opportunities to participate in public engagement impacting their communities. The research will begin with an interview selection form. This form will be used to determine which communities to involve in the Stage 2 interviews. If your community is not selected for Stage 2, we will look to have you involved during the Stage 3 workshops. Please visit the above link to collaborate!

​​​The research for this project has been approved by the CFREB (REB20-1552).

3. Community Involvement Toolkit – survey

Are you interested in changes happening in your community, including proposals for land use rezoning or new developments, but not sure where to start or how to get involved?
Discussing change in our communities – and specifically, understanding how and why redevelopment happens and how and where to get involved – isn’t easy. The City created the Community Involvement Toolkit for citizens interested in getting involved in local planning and development matters. The toolkit includes information and resources to help you understand when, where and how to get involved in the planning and development of our city and communities.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Community Involvement Toolkit yet, please do and then let us know what you think via the Community Involvement Toolkit Feedback Survey. We want to know if you find the information and resources helpful and any suggested improvements.

4. Modernizing the Joint Use and Planning Agreement
The Joint Use and Planning Agreement is a partnership between The City of Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education, the Calgary Catholic School District and the Conseil Scolaire FrancoSud. The Agreement provides the tools and guidance required to achieve complete communities. It also outlines the coordinated approach to the allocation, use, planning and development, and maintenance of municipal reserve, open space, and school sites to address the evolving needs of Calgarians.

The City would like your input on permitted uses, recreation activities and mobility options for municipal reserve and joint use sites. These sites are community hubs that residents use for a variety of activities and events. Your input will be used, where possible, to ensure these sites continue to meet the evolving needs of Calgarians over time. If you weren’t able to provide feedback during the original engagement period, the survey will be available May 12 to 16 at


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.