Basic Needs Fund

Rise Calgary

Provides emergency financial assistance to help people out of an unforeseen financial crisis.

Service offers:

  • support to low income Calgarians with navigating out of an unforeseen financial crisis
  • support with rental arrears, eviction notices, utility arrears, disconnection notices, first month's rent, damage deposits, or unforeseen medical expenses
Yes, Service targeted to individuals:
  • who have attempted to receive funding through Alberta Works Emergency Fund on 1-877-644-9992
  • residing in Calgary or surrounding areas such as Airdrie, Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore
  • living on a low income (below Low Income Cut Off), or experiencing a temporary financial crisis
  • who are sustainable (have a monthly income high enough to cover their basic needs under normal circumstances)
Application Process
Service Access: See below, To access service:
  • visit website to apply online at at
  • contact for details
The BNF has limited capacity and is only open for a short period each month for applications online. Applications open online on the 1st of each month at 10:00 AM (or the first Monday if the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or public holiday). Clients must provide required supporting documents to complete their application, including Photo ID, 90 days bank statements, a copy of any eviction or disconnection notices, a copy of relevant rent report, lease agreement, or utility statement, and proof of income if income is not deposited into bank account. 
Referral Process: No

Waiting Period: Yes,

Check online for application status. 

It can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks for funding to be disbursed based on a number of factors.

If the program is closed for new applications, clients will need to wait until the following month in order to apply.

Web Site
Fee: No
Fee Reduction: No
Membership Fee: Yes,

Annual membership fee $5.00


Membership is not required to access services.

Wheelchair access: Yes - On main floor of Bowness Community Association building.
Other disabled access: No -
Agency Information
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Last Verified On
July 3, 2023
7904 43 Avenue NW
Calgary, AB, T3B 4P9
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Hours of Operation
10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
10:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Closed between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm for lunch. Closed on weekends and public holidays.

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM are by appointment. 

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM are drop-in times.