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Back by popular demand, Parks Foundation is excited to announce the return of the Embrace the Outdoors Grant Program for 2024/2025!

In partnership with The City of Calgary, the Embrace the Outdoors Grant Program will award non-profit organizations up to $5,000 for outdoor activation projects.

Access to outdoor spaces and activities benefit physical and mental health and can aid in combating social isolation during the winter months. This grant will provide funding so that organizations can reimagine the outdoors this winter for everyone to enjoy.

Non-profit organizations will use the Embrace the Outdoors Grant to support capital improvements and enhancements that create free and family-friendly outdoor activities. Projects must be completed by April 30, 2025.

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

  • Outdoor lighting and furniture
  • Art elements like murals
  • Equipment rental libraries
  • Self-directed scavenger hunts

Grants will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Applications are now being accepted!

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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