Arusha’s core programs, Calgary Dollars, Take Action Grants, and Arusha Climate collaborate with Calgarians of all kinds to advance social and environmental justice. Calgary Dollars blends social and economic benefits for vulnerable Calgarians across communities. Take Action Grants builds capacity and funds for Calgarians who want to take on their first social or environmental project. The Arusha Climate program supports a cohort of learners, each eligible to receive funding for their climate project. This network is integrated with our agencies role as organizer of the City of Calgary events Earth Hour Unplugged, the Mayor’s Environment Expo, and Energy Efficiency Day.
In all Arusha’s work, it maintains its commitment to address social, environmental and economic issues in Calgary.
For over forty years, the Arusha Centre has been a meeting place for community enthusiasts and activists working on Calgary’s social and environmental initiatives. The Centre is named after the Arusha Declaration on global and community development announced in the town of Arusha, Tanzania in 1969.
Calgary should not be known only for its wealth and high quality of life. More than ever, Calgary is connecting to urban economic innovation and sustainability. The Arusha Centre is a meeting place for community enthusiasts and agencies working on social, environmental, and economic equity.
Vision The Arusha Centre inspires and supports communities to connect, gather, and create a socially, economically, and environmentally just future.
Mission The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and initiatives on social justice and environmental issues. We help Calgarians through community economic development and community resilience programs and offers varied practical resources, animating activities which educate, inspire and connect with and between people and projects.
Arusha’s programs are inspired by relocalization, the movement to live, shop, and celebrate all things local. Localization increases quality of life, economic stability, and is better for the environment. Arusha is home to Calgary Dollars, Take Action Grants, and Open Streets Calgary and supports numerous other civic inititatives.
Here are a few options for you to get involved with the Arusha Centre: