REALTORS® serving Calgary and area

Grant FAQs

Designed to help the foundation respond to housing and shelter issues from multiple angles, the CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation Grants will create new housing options, keep people housed and improve housing quality.

We encourage organizations to apply for one grant stream only.

Our intention is to diversify funding to the housing and shelter sector, so its highly unlikely that one organization would receive funding through more than one grant stream in any given year.

Legacy Grants: Between $100,000 and 1 million

Community Grants: Between $25,000 and $75,000

Transformation Grants: Up to a maximum of $10,000

To be eligible for a grant from CREB® REALTOR® Community Foundation, your organization’s project must create new housing or shelter options, keep people housed, or improve housing quality.

  • Legacy Grants fund projects that help create new housing options for people who need it most. This could be a new build or the acquisition of a new property with capital costs for renovation and/or repair.
  • Community Grants fund projects that require essential upgrades, major renovations or transform existing spaces that will keep our most vulnerable communities housed or create expanded housing options.
  • Transformation Grants fund projects that require minor renovations or improvements of existing homes and shelters to improve housing quality.

Our online application process includes a formal digital submission and therefore we are not currently accepting separate letters or proposals of intent.

The timeline for the project would be factored into the decision-making process, but we don’t have a stipulation that would prevent an organization from applying for funding where the project is already underway.

We highly recommend completing the application in one sitting.

However, every application session has a unique URL, so you can bookmark the page and come back to it later.

Once you have successfully completed phase one of the application process, you will be able to download the full list of application questions, so you can prepare your answers before starting the second phase.

We require all non-profits to have registered status through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) before we can consider funding. If this requirement is missing, the organization would be considered ineligible.

However, if you are able to secure your registered status before the first deadline for our Legacy Grant stream on May 21, you can submit a request through the online application on creb.com.

We are committed to expanding our impact in the area of housing and shelter, but the project would need to meet current giving criteria. We’ve refined our giving model in recent years to tackle community need from multiple angles, so we can make a measurable difference for those who need it most.

Normally you would need to submit a new application every year, but 2020 was a unique circumstance.

Our 2020 Legacy Grant had already been awarded to Habitat for Humanity Southern Alberta as the final contribution in CREB®’s multi-year partnership.

Since we already allocated funding for this grant last year, 2020 applications for Legacy Grants will be considered as part of the 2021 granting cycle.

If you submitted a Legacy Grant application in 2020, your application will be included in the 2021 selection process and you do not need to apply again. If you would like to make changes to your initial application or your project no longer requires funding, please email community.foundation@creb.ca.

You are welcome to submit a second application if your organization has a new project you’d like considered for the Legacy Grant.

Successful Legacy Grant applicants will be notified by June 21, 2021.

For Community and Transformation Grants, successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 3, 2021.®’s multi-year partnership.

We will also notify applicants who are not approved for funding by email after the evaluation process is complete.