Apply for a Grant

In response to the COVID-19 situation Nickle Family Foundation will streamline its application and approval process with the objective of helping with the community’s most urgent needs.

Our priorities:

  • Immediate client wellness needs

  • Agencies with whom we have partnered in the past

  • Agencies ineligible for United Way or government emergency funding

If you wish to apply for a grant please Submit Your Application Here.

We will be accepting grant applications until March 1, 2021. Our next decision announcements will be made March 31, 2021.

Grant Application Guidelines

We can fund only those organizations with Canada Revenue Agency charitable registration.

Our geographic focus is Calgary and area.

We support agencies providing services to people living in the Calgary region, and may consider supporting Calgary-based charities providing services elsewhere.

We do not provide funding for conferences or for research.

We want to make grants that will show the greatest possible impact for our relatively small pool of funds.

A contribution from us must be critical to your success, and the impact of our grant must be measurable.

We normally give preference to organizations with operating budgets below $2 million/year.

We typically make grants in the $5,000 – $20,000 range.

We typically do not make grants to the same organization more than once per calendar year.

We typically do not grant operating dollars in consecutive years.

Areas of Interest

Funding requests must fall under one of the following categories:


Priority Areas:

• Indigenous Peoples

• People with Diverse Abilities

• New Canadians


• Other Underserved Communities


Priority Areas:

• Education

• Mentorship

• Mental and Physical Health

Animals and the Environment

Priority Areas:

• Wildlife Rehabilitation and Environmental Conservation

• Ethical Farming Practices

• Animal Rescues and Shelters

Application Deadline

  • Accepting Monday, February 1, 2021
  • Closing Monday, March 1, 2021
  • Decision Announced Wednesday, March 31, 2021