Social Framework Community Grants

The Social Framework Community Grants program provides financial support to not-for-profit, social service groups, and organizations that are meeting the social service needs of our residents and demonstrate the use of collaboration and principles of the Social Framework. Grants are provided in two categories: Core Social Funding and Collaboration Funding. 

Core Social Grants support the social not-for-profit sector by providing prevention and early intervention supports for social needs while contributing to the outcomes of the Strathcona County Social Framework.

Collaboration Grants mobilize cross-sector partnerships and collective resources to address community-wide social issues while contributing to the outcomes of the Strathcona County Social Framework.

Administered by: Family and Community Services

Social Framework Community Grants for 2020

$1,094,660 in Grant Funding Awarded to 16 Grant Recipients

On February 4, 2020 the following grant recommendations were approved by Council.

2020 Core Social Grants

altView Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities

$124,000 (2020), $124,000 (2021), $124,000 (2022)

altView Foundation build diverse pro-queer and pro-trans communities in Alberta through advocacy, education, empowerment, collaboration and the arts. Funding will support programs and education for Strathcona County residents who access this valuable resource.   

Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCbigs)   

$80,000 (2020)

BGCbigs is committed to the healthy development of children, youth and their families, particularly those at risk of poverty. Funding will be used to increase access and reach of mentoring supports to youth in Strathcona County through streamlined front-line service delivery, as well as a more strategic systemic support developed through community partnerships.

Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County

$131,345 (2020), $90,000 (2021), $90,000 (2022)

Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County provides a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships, and develop confidence and skills for life. Funding will be used to support positive youth development through innovative youth and young adult programming, as well as program evaluation.  

BriarPatch Family Life Education Centre

$10,000 (2020), $10,000 (2021), $10,000 (2022)

BriarPatch Family Life Education Centre provides a safe, confidential space for clients to explore their personal grief journey. Funding will support facility costs, providing a quiet space for community-based grief programs and services for all ages.

Drive Happiness Seniors Association

$12,500 (2020)

Drive Happiness provides door-to-door assisted transportation services for older adults who are at risk due to income, health and/or mobility. Funding will be used to strengthen their volunteer base, including training in mental health first aid, elder abuse recognition and diversity training.

Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society (Angel Whispers Program)

$8,315 (2020), $8,315 (2021)

Angel Whispers Baby Loss Support Program provides grief support to families devastated by the loss of a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. Funding will be used to support partial, pro-rated program costs for Strathcona County residents to access this support.

Hope in Strathcona: A Post Recovery Home Association

$50,000 (2020)

Hope in Strathcona provides affordable and accessible counselling and personal support for individuals and families, with a specific focus on post-addiction recovery.  Funding will be used to support staffing and operations at Hope in Strathcona. 

Linking Generations Society of Alberta   

$35,000 (2020), $35,000 (2021)

Linking Generations provides an inspirational series of programs, promoting connection and inclusion in Strathcona County. They guide seniors and youth on a journey from strangers to friends in a structured, supported environment. Funding will be used to cover ongoing operating costs for intergenerational programs including an incremental expansion in the community.

Parents Empowering Parents Society (PEP)

$70,000 (2020), $50,000 (2021), $50,000 (2022)

Parents Empowering Parents provides innovative programming, support and hope for individuals dealing with substance abuse and/or addictions. Funding will be used to increase the profile of PEP while supporting their involvement in local community initiatives.

Saffron Centre Ltd

$150,000 (2020), $150,000 (2021), $150,000 (2022)

Saffron Centre provides the tools for healing and supporting those who have been directly impacted by sexual violence. The organization meets a growing need in the community. Funding will be used to provide the necessary supports as they raise awareness of these issues in the community.

Strathcona County Community Mediation Society

$7,500 (2020)

Strathcona County Community Mediation Society is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization committed to providing services to support conflict resolution in Strathcona County. Funding will be used to develop communication and conflict resolution workshops specific to the issues facing the senior population and their support system.

Strathcona Shelter Society (A Safe Place)   

$32,000 (2020)

A Safe Place fills a critical gap in Strathcona County. They provide ‘wrap-around’ support including safe accommodation, protection, support and basic needs to women and their children who are fleeing violence. Funding will be used to further develop and expand their volunteer program. 


Strathcona Youth Justice Committee

$25,000 (2020), $25,000 (2021), $25,000 (2022)

Strathcona County Youth Justice works with young first-time offenders to help get them back on track and build relationships with their family and community. Funding will be used to explore and coordinate a new alternative service delivery model, including training their dedicated volunteers in the new model.

Volunteer Strathcona Centre   

$345,000 (2020), $320,000 (2021), $295,000 (2022)

Volunteer Strathcona connects volunteers with opportunities that enables local organizations to meet social needs in Strathcona County. Funding will be used to continue fostering a strong not-for-profit sector in Strathcona County.

2020 Collaboration Grants

Boys & Girls Club (BGC) of Strathcona County and Irelate Inc. –

$5,000 (2020)

The collaboration between Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County and Irelate Inc is an asset that benefits children and youth throughout Strathcona County. Toxic stress can have a tremendous impact on families who are experiencing a family breakup. Funding will be used to provide tailored training to Boys and Girls Club who work on the front-line with these families.  

Linking Generations Society of Alberta and Volunteer Strathcona –

$9,000 (2020), $9,000 (2021)

Linking Generations Society of Alberta provides an inspirational series of intergenerational programs promoting connection and inclusion in Strathcona County among seniors and youth. In collaboration with Volunteer Strathcona, funding will be used to grow the volunteer base to expand the Grandparent Program.

Information release

Council report

Policy and guidelines

For additional resources, check out the Social Framework Grants Policy and Guidelines

Family and Community Services
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220

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Last updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020
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