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Circular Economy Grant program (deadline February 28, 2024)

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The Circular Economy Grant (CEG) program provides funding for non-profit organizations to lead local waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting initiatives to help Calgary move to a circular economy.

Through this program, non-profit organizations can apply for $5,000-$25,000 grants for projects. This pilot program will start in 2023 and run through 2026. 

Ideas can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Sharing, borrowing, fixing, repair or other initiatives that help extend the lifecycle of goods and services (e.g. lending library, clothing swaps, sports or toy exchange events, bike repair, sewing hub, makerspace)
  • Recycling, repurposing, reusing, repairing of materials (e.g. electronics, clothing)
  • Waste reduction and/or diversion training, education, and engagement (e.g. workshops to provide residents education about the circular economy and/or waste reduction, training to build skills and knowledge to repair or upcycle goods)
  • Targeted, focused initiatives for specific materials (e.g. activities developed to reduce home renovation waste, initiatives that reduce single-use disposable items)
  • Food waste beneficial reuse or reduction (e.g. resources with ideas and solutions on reducing, reusing, re-purposing food waste and other waste materials, community composting)
  • Innovative ways to create new items that use local waste materials
  • Development of technology that assists with waste reduction
  • Applying behavioural change strategies that result in waste reduction/diversion

Eligible non-profit organizations could include: 

  • Community associations
  • Community organizations
  • Registered charitable organizations
  • Environmental organizations
  • Social recreation organizations (e.g. senior clubs)
  • Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
  • Festival and events' organizers

Important Dates

  • Preliminary Application open: February 1, 2024, 00:01 a.m.
  • Preliminary Application deadline: February 28, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
  • Preliminary Applications decision notification: April 5, 2024 (latest date to notify)
  • Detailed Application deadline: May 8, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
  • Detailed Applications decision notification: June 14, 2024 (latest date to notify)
  • Circular Economy Grant projects begin: September 30, 2024 (latest date to begin)
  • Circular Economy Grant projects complete: September 30, 2025 (latest date to complete)
  • Final reporting due: November 30, 2025


  • Funder

    City of Calgary

  • Start Date

    Feb 01, 2023

  • End Date

    Feb 28, 2024


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