Indigenous Program Funding

The 2019-2020 funding call is now open!

For timely notice of all Calgary Learns funding opportunities, sign up for our newsletter.

Calgary Learns is a granting agency that supports community-based, accessible foundational learning for financially and socially barriered adult learners.

Our annual application deadline is January 15 for programs delivered from July to June.

Our Indigenous funding stream specifically supports Indigenous literacy and foundational learning programs or initiatives that meet the unique needs of Indigenous adult learners. These programs include components of both an Indigenous framework and adult learning principles. For eligible programming areas and requirements, see the Request for Proposals (RFP).

According to the Elders Consultation (see research), Indigenous literacy is “a lifelong process; it is not simply book learning. Indigenous literacy is being able to walk comfortably within the mainstream world and the Indigenous world.”
Indigenous literacy is:

  • Descriptive systems
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral systems
  • Values and morals
  • Family and community
  • Worldviews prior to colonization


  • Thoroughly review this Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • If you have a new potential project idea that meets Calgary Learns’ funding requirements or plan to make significant changes to a currently funded program please contact Calgary Learns through one of the following methods:
    • Oral Expression of Interest –Request a meeting with Monique Fry by November 20th by emailing Skype meetings will be scheduled on November 27-30, 2018.
    • Written Expression of Interest – Send a one page document using the prompting questions in the EOI document to by November 20, 2018. If you submit electronically, there will also be time for a one-on-one conversation to assist you in building your proposal prior to the final application deadline.
  • If eligible, complete and submit the application package on or before the due date.

Calgary Learns welcomes application previews the first two weeks in December. To schedule a preview appointment, contact the Grant Coordinator at

 back to top

| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Indigenous Program Funding Documents

Indigenous Application Package

Information and Resources

Final Indigenous Report