2023 Community Grants

The BCF Community Grants program enables contributions from a diverse group of donors to flow to local organizations that are building a sustainable community where everyone belongs.

Each year, Banff Canmore Foundation makes grants to organizations and initiatives across the Bow Valley, from Lake Louise to Stoney Nakoda First Nation, to support projects and people stepping up to help make this outstanding place better.

The farthest-reaching grant program in the Bow Valley, these grants channel local residents’ support to projects with the greatest potential to address our most pressing challenges and to drive positive change.

Dozens of applications are adjudicated by volunteers from the community with a wide range of relevant experience and expertise.

For 2023, BCF’s strategic priorities were supporting the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Bow Valley, fostering a sustainable and diverse local economy, supporting the protection, restoration and management of our natural environment and nurturing community wellness. In 2023, 29 local organizations received a total of more than $145,000 this year. BCF works with these grant recipients to build impact, drive system-level change and to enhance the lives of all who live in this spectacular place.

At this time, it’s clear that much work still needs to be done, and that every member of our community has a role to play. People can get involved by subscribing to BCF’s monthly newsletter and by contributing to the BCF Community Fund.

Special thanks for leadership support to Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation:


How Do These Grants Work?

2023 Community Grant Recipients


Alpine Club of Canada — $1,200
Indigenous Right Relations

artsPlace — $4,500
The Shoe Project

artsPlace and Nakoda AV Club — $6,000
Îethka Voices

Banff Child Care Centre — $4,000
Food Security and Nutrition Program

Banff Child Care Centre — $4,000
Puzzles Daycare Nutritious Meals

Banff Elementary School — $4,998
Sensory Room

Banff Pride Society with Town of Banff — $5,000
Pride Speakers Series

Banff Public Library — $2,500
Fentanyl Test Strips Supply

Banff Public Library — $1,500
Little Free Pantry Refresher

Bighorn Library — $4,999
Nakoda Radio Sharing Stories

Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley — $10,000
Accelerating Climate Action - Year Two

Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley — $6,000
Building for Sustainability - A Symposium

Bow Valley Connections Centre — $2,800
Vocational Coaching for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Bowstrings Heritage Foundation — $1,200
Native Plants Workshop

Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation — $3,000
Mindful Meditation Training

Canadian Rockies Public Schools — $5,500
Summer English Language & Physical Literacy Program

Canmore Museum — $9,500
Îyârhe Nakoda Stories Tipi Program

Canmore Young Adult Network (CYAN) with Ralph Connor Memorial Church — $5,000
Affordable Events & Learning Activities

Exshaw Community Association with MD of Bighorn — $3,375
Ball Diamond Upgrades

Friends of Kananaskis — $5,000
Shared Learnings and Good Relations in the Bow Valley

Îyârhe Nakoda Food Bank Society — $5,000
Easter and Christmas Food Hampers

Mountain Fire Foods with Town of Canmore — $7,500
Food for the Many

Peter and Catherine Whyte Foundation — $6,000
Buffalo Treaty Youth Dialogues

Peter and Catherine Whyte Foundation — $5,000
Hosting Indigenous Community Relations

Pinetree Players — $6,000
Summer Theatre Festival

Rocky Mountain Adaptive — $10,000
No Limits Adaptive Sports and Recreation

SPEF Canmore — $700
Reconciliation Experiences

St. George in the Pines Anglican Church — $10,000
Banff Food & Friends Program

Stoney Health Services — $5,000
Adult Cooking and Community Walking Programs

YWCA Banff — $2,000
Senior / Adult Disabled Residential Community Housing Project