2024 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.

By Community, For Community

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.

In 2024, 24 local organizations received a total of more than $180,000. 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.


2024 Community Grant Recipients


Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation — $1,800 

Caring for Wildlife in Need 


Alpine Club of Canada — $3,500

Indigenous Relations Staff Training 


artsPlace — $5,500 

Accessibility, Inclusion, and Truth and Reconciliation Program


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity — $10,000

National Indigenous History Month Events


Banff Fire Department with Town of Banff — $5,000

Firefighter Decontamination Machine 


Banff Pride Society with Town of Banff — $7,500

Pride House


Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley — $10,000

Reducing Emissions from Buildings 


Bowstrings Heritage Foundation — $4,100

Indigenous Map of Banff 


Bow Valley Connections Centre — $3,000

Bringing It All Together 


Canadian Rockies Public Schools — $10,000 

English Language & Physical Literacy Program


Canmore Hospital Foundation — $6,000

Wellness Programs for Cancer Patients at the Bow Valley Cancer Centre


Canmore Folk Music Festival — $3,500

Empowering Indigenous Voices at the Canmore Folk Musical Festival 


Canmore Museum — $7,500

Îyârhe Nakoda Stories Tipi Program


Canmore Pride Society with Rocky Mountain Adaptive — $7,500

Diversifying 2SLGBTQIA+ Dialogues 


Canmore Young Adult Network (CYAN) with Ralph Connor Memorial United Church — $6,300

Bridging Gaps in Young Adult Mental Health


Covenant Foundation — $6,500

Banff Meals on Wheels


Daycare Society of Banff — $2,500 

Food Security and Variety 


Homelessness Society of the Bow Valley with Town of Canmore — $12,750 

Community Engagement & Digital Storytelling


Îyârhe Nakoda Food Bank Society — $15,000 

Health & Wellness Food Hamper Program


Pine Tree Players — $5,000

2024 Canmore Summer Theatre Festival 


Oesa Arts with Town of Banff — $13,334 

Oesa Arts Showcase 


Rocky Mountain Adaptive — $13,560 

No Limits Adaptive Sports and Recreation Program


St.George's in the Pines Anglican Church — $15,000 

Banff Food & Friends Program 


YWCA Banff — $10,000

24/7 Housing & Emergency Accommodation Support  


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


The BCF Community Grants Program gives us real insight into what the Bow Valley’s needs are as a community. And being able to support those needs by making decisions about funding and investing money in great projects is a satisfying process.”

— Sandy Last, BCF Board Member and Program Committee Member


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