Calgary Learns supports community-focused non-profit organizations to provide a diverse range of foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians who face economic barriers to learning. Funding is made possible through the support of Alberta Advanced Education. We offer three types of grants:

  • Program Funding, renewable grants for foundational learning programs delivered directly to adult learners.
  • Initiative Funding one-time innovative project grants that address emerging needs in adult learning. Maximum grant: $20,000.
  • Indigenous Funding, program and project grants to support literacy and foundational learning that meets the unique needs of Indigenous learners.

Grants to our non-profit member organizations* support and strengthen part-time foundational learning opportunities for adult Calgarians with financial barriers and low literacy, low language skills, low employability, OR with little or no formal education.

We support adult learning models that:

  • Provide a holistic, learner-centred approach
  • Incorporate recognized adult learning principles, including the enhancement of learner self-esteem and self-advocacy skills
  • In Indigenous models, incorporate Indigenous perspectives, embedding learning in culture
  • Integrate basic literacy and essential skills development into areas of high-interest to adults
  • Provide pathways for learners to transition successfully from and to related programs or next steps (to employment or to further learning, for example)
  • Attend to diversity and the meaningful participation of marginalized adults

See our Funding FAQ page for more information on proposal development and requirements.

* Your organization is not required to become a member before submitting a proposal. However if your proposal is successful, your organization must become a member before receiving funds. Check out our membership.