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All grants from Calgary Learns are awarded to programs or initiatives that focus on delivering foundational literacy and learning content intentionally designed to meet the foundational learning needs of adult Calgarians with financial barriers.

In order to be eligible for Calgary Learns Funding you must:

  1. Be a not for profit organization
  2. Operate within the Calgary city limits
  3. Serve adults 18+
  4. Provide no fee or minimal fee programming
  5. Offer foundational level learning opportunities (i.e. up to Grade 9 or for ELL up to CLB 4)

Calgary Learns supports adult learning models which:

  • 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 foundational 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 further learning or employment)
  • Attend to diversity and the meaningful participation of marginalized adults
  • Incorporate Indigenous models and perspectives when serving Indigenous learners, embedding foundational learning opportunities in culture

If you are applying as a new organization to Calgary Learns or are a currently funded organization with a new program to Calgary Learns, we want to connect with you prior to sending you the relevant application. Please contact the Grant Liaison ( to arrange a phone conversation to discuss:

  • How your organization and program meet all eligibility requirements
  • The proposed program description and how it focuses on delivering foundational literacy and learning content designed to meet the foundational learning needs of adult learners