Real Estate Industry / Community Sponsorships and Small Grants 2020-2021

Accessible funding in an uncertain economic environment in the province. The purpose of the Small Grants and Sponsorship fund is to improve the Foundation’s reach across the province and strengthen its connection to industry through the support of industry-related initiatives and community events. This fund allows the Foundation to respond nimbly to the needs of its stakeholders. Small Grants and Sponsorships have proven to be a successful method to reach out to new organisations and have led to larger future grants and more defined partnerships.

Value of Heritage Districts

The Calgary Heritage Initiative will create educational resources for real estate professionals, residents, and municipal leader on the impacts of heritage policies and bylaws to protect Calgary’s heritage districts. Heritage districts and heritage places of interest can create niche markets for shopping, living and eating in “differentiated” heritage environments that contribute to urban liveability and the attraction of talent.

Additional Small Grants and Sponsorships 2019-2020 for COVID-19

In March, as the COVID-19 lockdown began, AREF’s Board recognized that the province’s real estate industry required additional short-term support, and in response, the Board more than doubled the Sponsorship and Small Grants budget by adding an additional $150,000 to ensure the Foundation responded nimbly to the needs of its stakeholders.

AREF has since collaborated with its valued industry partners and stakeholders—including Real Estate Boards, the Alberta Mortgage Brokers Association, and the Building Owners and Managers Association—to discuss how to use sponsorship funding to support them and help strengthen their ability to serve their members.

Renewable Skills to Support Economic Recovery in Remote and Indigenous Communities

If Alberta’s real estate market is to recover, we need to see overall economic recovery. Iron and Earth is an initiative that focuses on putting people back to work which will ultimately support economic recovery and directly impact movement in the real estate market.

The rapidly shifting energy industry has led to increased job insecurity for many fossil fuel industry workers since the downturn in 2014. The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to empower fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to fill these new jobs and build the infrastructure required to meet climate targets through tailored upskilling training programs and career support.

Proposed Cities Institute: Kick-off conference

The Cities Institute looks to be a global leader in facilitating collaboration in urban research, teaching, and partnerships which will ensure that Edmonton, and other cities in Canada, can benefit from the latest advances in technology and city building. The Cities Institute will launch in spring 2021 with a conference what will engage researchers, teachers, government officers, NGOs, and industry members who are involved in city building. The ultimate goal of the Cities Institute’s conference is to foster ‘city builders’ both on and off campus and kick-start projects that will help to make Edmonton and Alberta a more viable, livable, and competitive city and province.

Diversity Certified

e4c and Edmonton Shift Lab will co-develop a training curriculum and toolkit for market landlords and non-market housing providers on the prevention of discrimination in housing.  This training will reflect input and collaboration between landlords, housing providers, and renters.  Diversity Certified will set up housing professionals for success through encouraging positive and reciprocal relationships between landlords and tenants, through reduced tenant turnover and tenant satisfaction, and through growing more cohesive rental communities where residents from diverse backgrounds are welcome.

Pedesting App Communications Strategy

Bricolage Calgary’s mission is to build a truly accessible and inclusive world for all and will soon be releasing Pedesting, a way-finding app created for all pedestrians to navigate both outdoor and indoor spaces. Bricolage is currently completing the ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP) of the app. Upon its release, Bricolage will begin development of a communications strategy. The primary goal of this next step is to find as many ‘innovators’ and ‘early adopters’ who are receptive to Bricolage Calgary’s vision and wish to engage in the next stage of product development.

Real Estate Industry / Community Small Grants and Sponsorship 2019-2020

Accessible funding in an uncertain economic environment in the province. The purpose of the Small Grants and Sponsorship fund is to improve the Foundation’s reach across the province and strengthen its connection to industry through the support of industry-related initiatives and community events. This fund allows the Foundation to respond nimbly to the needs of its stakeholders.

Small Grants and Sponsorships have proven to be a successful method to reach out to new organisations and have led to larger future grants and more defined partnerships.

The Next Step: Examining the Real Estate Foundation Revenue Model & Modernization

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2021. Now is the time for reflecting on what has worked well with the AREF model to date and how the Foundation can position itself in a changing world of payments, interest rates and community investment and continue to innovate for its next 30 years.

Modernization will help improve efficiencies throughout the industry to make every dollar earned go further. This project will provide the Foundation the opportunity to work with stakeholders to improve industry workflows, promote regulatory best practices and protect consumers, and enhance Foundation revenue.

Energy Futures Roadshow

The Energy Futures Roadshow is an initiative to strengthen community resilience in Alberta by helping communities explore the opportunities and challenges arising from the energy transition.

It harnesses the combined knowledge, skills, and networks of the Energy Futures Lab Fellows and the assets of the Energy Futures Lab to create a program tailored to the community’s interests and delivered in collaboration with the host community. The engagement will typically include a series of workshops over a few days with a diversity of community members, including businesses, governments, schools, economic and community developers, and the public. Roadshow communities will be invited into a support network to facilitate ongoing learning and sharing of lessons, collaborative projects, and action across communities. The project also includes direct engagement with rural community leaders. The Roadshows will result in greater energy literacy and constructive dialogue between the energy industry, communities, and Alberta citizens.

Alberta’s energy system is at the center of an ongoing complex, fragmented, and divisive debates (us vs. them; job vs. environment community health and wellbeing vs. resource development). This is a very timely project and affects all Albertans.

Jobbers House – Repurposing and Upgrade Plan

The 100 year old house that stands next to the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society office has remained empty since around 1957. It was part of the ranch upgrades carried out by Patrick Burns in 1918, and is one of only three buildings remaining from the Burns period, a significant time for the ranching industry in Canada. This house has been part of the charm of Fish Creek Park for three generations and is important to the community. However, this building is subject to demolition at the stroke of a pen. This project will look at the feasibility to renovate and repurpose this building to support the Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society’s growth, support community to provide a facility to serve as a hub for less established non-profit groups and ensure the survival of this piece of Calgary’s history.

ArtsCommon 118 Community Engagement

AREF funding will support the ECDC’s community engagement of Alberta Avenue around the project, design elements, foot print, economic impact, housing impact of the ArtsCommon 118 project, a two-facility Arts/Culture Hub with live work space for approx. 80 artists, retail/exhibition space, performance space, a rooftop farm and more.

Resiliency through Industry Partnerships

This project was created to explore and develop creative partnerships with the Real Estate Industry (e.g. Landlords, property owners, builders, and developers), secure much needed housing for young single mothers, fill vacancies in market rental housing, and support the community. The project will engage real estate development consultants to work with Highbanks’ Board of Directors to develop a vision and strategy for growth. It will also engage with industry to establish a partnership model building resiliency for both.

 

Collective Kitchens Programming

Food4Good has been providing support through innovative programming addressing food insecurity since 2013. We have recognized the need to increase our programming and would like to expand our collective kitchens to a monthly event. Collective kitchens are group cooking opportunities for 15-20 people to prepare healthy recipes together and take food home. Each participant leaves with 12-15 servings of food to last the week or freeze.

Community Food Centre

All of The Alex’s programs build a community of healthy individuals by understanding how to tackle complex social issues that are the source of hunger, poverty, and poor health. The Community Food Centre joins our growing family of preventative programs through a national partnership that has seen proven results. By connecting people with healthy food, skills, and education, the Community Food Centre provides a ground-breaking, results-oriented solution that makes real change in our community.

Vivacity

Vivacity is an inter-institututional collaboration between 6 post-secondary institutions and Calgary Economic Development. Vivacity engages inter-disciplinary teams of students in the re-design and activation of community spaces in vacant and underutilized areas of the city.

Energy Futures Lab

The Energy Futures Lab (EFL) is an Alberta-based collaboration for tackling the interconnected issues of climate change, energy security, and sustainable development today in order to build the foundation for Alberta’s future prosperity. The convening question for the EFL is: How can Alberta’s leadership position in today’s energy system serve as a platform for the transition to the energy system that the future requires of us? We are requesting funding to develop and implement the public engagement stream of the EFL, which will use a community innovation approach to engage more than 100,000 Albertans, including real estate stakeholders, in dialogue, learning and action about energy transition in the province.

Alberta Water Issues and Capacity Building Workshop

CAWST is bringing its model for adult water education home to Alberta. With local partners, we will co-develop and pilot 3-5 lesson plans that introduce members of corporate groups and community organizations to water and sanitation issues, building their capacity to protect Alberta’s resources and share this knowledge.