Funding Overview

Calgary Learns is the Community Adult Learning Program (CALP) granting council for Calgary. The Ministry of Advanced Education funds CALP, which supports over 85 community-based learning organizations in Alberta who provide Adult Literacy and Foundational Learning opportunities to financially and socially barriered adult learners (18+).

Calgary Learns administers CALP funding through a competitive granting program for local learning opportunities that support Literacy and Foundational Learning (LFL: adult literacy, English language learning, numeracy, basic digital skills, skills for learning) and Community Capacity Building (CCB).


Initiative Grants are one-time grants with a maximum value of $25,000 that provide an opportunity to explore, develop, enhance and/or deliver innovative ideas/programs that address current or emerging foundational learning needs of financially-barriered adult Calgarians (18+).

Calgary Learns is looking for initiatives, operating July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023, which will later develop into and/or contribute to strong, effective programming in our community. To ensure fit, we want to connect with you prior to sending you the application package. Please contact the Grant Liaison ( to arrange a conversation to discuss your vision of this initiative, its impact on learner needs and the budget.

Initiative Grant applications are due June 1, 2022.


Read the Initiative Call for Applications to find out more information about

  • Application Eligibility
  • Eligible CALP Areas and Categories
  • Eligible Program Delivery Methods
  • How to Apply
  • Granting Process
  • Successful Applicant Responsibilities

GRANTING CRITERIA:                                                      

All grants from Calgary Learns are awarded to programs or initiatives that focus on delivering foundational literacy and learning content designed to meet the learning needs of adult foundational learners. Calgary Learns supports 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
  • 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 (for example to employment or further learning)
  • Attend to diversity and the meaningful participation of marginalized adults
  • Incorporate Indigenous models and perspectives when serving Indigenous learners, embedding foundational learning in culture



Our Grant Coordinator is always happy to talk to you. Please contact with any questions, comments, concerns, or to discuss your application.

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