Programs Being Funded

Today’s youth are faced with greater challenges and more difficult choices than ever before. By creating places and programs for youth to succeed, the Calgary Stampede Foundation creates motivated and engaged young Calgarians, empowered to do amazing things. It creates a generation of young people with the skills, confidence and strength to make us all stronger.

Calgary Stampede Showband

Premiere performance ensemble with 148 members, ages 16 to 21, providing diverse opportunities to develop performance, musicianship, interpersonal, and leadership skills. Over 200 performances given locally, nationally and internationally every year.

The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts

World-class dance/voice/acting performance training program with 128 members, ages 11 to 18, fostering technical development, artistic creation, performance excellence and life skills. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Stampede School

Innovative learning about history, agriculture, and western heritage/values for 1,000 students, in grades 1 to 12, connecting youth to Calgary’s past and current identity. 575 instructional hours of inquiry-based learning with hands-on experiences provided throughout the school year.

Calgary Stampede Showriders

Dynamic musical ride team and mounted colorguard for youth, ages 14 to 21, showcasing exceptional equestrian pageantry locally and internationally for more than 30 years. Presented their skills to 20,000 guests during the 2017 Calgary Stampede daily rodeo address.

4-H at the Calgary Stampede

One of Canada’s most highly respected youth programs, with 100 years of history in Alberta fostering positive youth development. 4-H on Parade is the largest agriculture youth show in Canada while 4-H Rodeo showcases hundreds of rural youth from Western Canada and Northern United States.

OH Ranch Education Program

Teaches Grades 4, 5 and 6 students the history and importance of cattle ranching in Alberta, at an authentic working cattle ranch. Teaches best practices in animal care and stewardship of the land with direct connections to Alberta Education’s Social Studies and Science curriculum.


Annual scholarships awarded to high-achieving community youth in recognition of community engagement, spirit and academic merit. 135 scholarships awarded annually.

Indigenous Youth Program

Provides excellent year-round learning and engagement opportunities for Indigenous youth ages 9 to 14. Focused on encouraging participants to connect with their cultures, learn great life skills and have fun.