Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund

Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund

How does your organization work to combat systemic racism? Do you have an idea for an initiative that could strengthen work towards policy and systems change to undo systemic racism?

There is a clear and evident need for increased efforts across society, and within our communities, to identify and address systemic racism. The City of Calgary acknowledges the existence of systemic racism and is taking concrete actions to identify and address factors that contribute to racism within the organization, and across the community. This funding is one way The City is working with community partners to identify and dismantle systemic racism in our community.

Please use this platform to share your ideas and connect with other organizations that may be interested in collaborating on an application for funding. Participation on this platform is optional, and is only intended to facilitate collaboration, with no impact on your funding application.

The Calgary Foundation and the United Way of Calgary and Area have joined with The City of Calgary to support community organizations working to undo systemic racism.


This funding opportunity is open to community-based organizations that have previous experience in collaborating with others to undo the racism and discrimination embedded in various systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate a cycle of exclusion, marginalization and poverty.

Up to $600,000 is available, with contributions from The City of Calgary, the Calgary Foundation and the United Way of Calgary and Area.

Funding will be directed to community-based organizations that demonstrate collaboration with other community-based organizations that are working towards anti-racism policy and system change. Collaboration means two or more organizations working together and can be formal or informal.

This online space is intended to enable community groups, organizations and individual community members impacted by racism to share project/initiative ideas and explore opportunities for collaboration. This platform is intended to be a resource to refine ideas and make connections to aid in the development of applications for the Anti-Racism Capacity Building Fund.

NOTE: Participation is not required to submit an application for funding.

Information about this platform will be shared on the Funding Call website. The platform will be moderated to ensure participant safety. Messages that do not align with the purpose of the fund will not be posted. The platform will be open for participation until the funding call closes on September 18, 2020 after which time the content will be archived.