Werklund Foundation


How do I apply for a grant?

Please visit the Application section of our website where you will find the eligibility criteria and application guidelines for our grant streams. Please ensure that your charity meets the eligibility criteria before you apply. 

What do you mean by life skills?

Life skills are a broad range of competencies and practical skills for independent living.  Life skills encompass a very broad range of skills and as such we do not have a definitive list; skills can range from healthy eating and cooking, to changing a tire, to financial literacy. 

How much should I ask for?

The Werklund Foundation has given grants as small as $100 and as large as $2M. You should ask for the amount of money you genuinely need. That said, in recent years the most common amounts approved have been between $5,000 and $25,000 for our one-year grants. 

Does the Foundation provide multi-year grants?

Yes, long-term partnerships will be considered with charities who have received funding from the Foundation previously. Please visit our Applications page for more details on our Multi-Year grants.

When do you provide grant funding?

The Foundation will only consider funding for applications received by the deadlines stated in the Application Guidelines. Funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants in December. Funds will be distributed before year-end.

How often can our organization apply?

The Werklund Foundation does not have a set rule about how frequently we will grant to the same charity.

Do you provide funding outside your core mandate?

Members of the Werklund family are provided with the opportunity to donate to charities of their choice that are personally meaningful to them.  As such, a small amount of funding dollars are provided to charities outside of the Foundation’s mandate, but will not be considered by the Foundation Donation Committee.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Please check the eligibility criteria on our Applications page.

Who can I contact with questions?

We ask that you go through the information on the website first. If you then have clarifying questions, please contact Kathleen Newson, Executive Director at the Werklund Foundation kathleen.newson@werklund.com

About Us
David Werklund

"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

~ Dalai Lama
4500, 400 - 3rd Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 4H2
Werklund Foundation
Telephone: 403.231.6545
Fax: 403.231.6549