Social Framework Community Grants
New investment in local non-profits
As part of its partnered approach to implement Strathcona County’s Social Framework, Council voted to invest a total of $802,908 in 14 local social non-profit sector organizations.
These grants are awarded under the new Social Framework Community Grants Policy, approved by Council in June 2018.
The 2019 Social Framework Community Core and Collaboration Grants cycle is now closed.
Grants are administered under the Social Framework Community Grants Policy.
On February 5, 2019, the following grant allocations were approved by Council:
Strathcona Shelter Society (A Safe Place) - $199K (2019)
A Safe Place fills a critical need in Strathcona County, helping those in need by providing ‘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 launch a coordinated community response program to domestic violence.
Saffron Centre - $150K (2019)
Saffron Centre provides support to victims of sexual violence. The organization meets a growing need in the community. Funding will be used to provide services to those who have been impacted by sexual violence in the community and raise awareness in the community of these issues.
altView Foundation is the only organization in Strathcona County focussed on Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Trans, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities.
altView meets a growing need in the community to help youth who may be vulnerable or isolated build healthy, empowering connections. Funding will be used to support programing through staffing and operations.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area - $68K (2019), $39K (2020)
BGCbigs gives vulnerable children and youth challenged by the impacts of poverty access to the opportunity to have healthy relationships, notably by matching children and youth with volunteer mentors. Funding will be used to provide services and reduce waitlists for mentoring in Strathcona County, as well as to model and foster collaboration to address youth empowerment in the County.
Anishnawbe Giikenimowgaywin - $50K (2019)
Anishnawbe Giikenimowgaywin is a new organization in the county, with a focus on holistic healing informed by sacred indigenous practices. Funding will be used to support programs in Strathcona County through staffing and operations.
Hope in Strathcona: A Post Recovery Home Association - $40K (2019), $40K (2020)
Hope in Strathcona provides support for vulnerable individuals and families, especially those recovering from addiction. Funding will be used for counselling and support for those affected by substance abuse, through staffing and operations.
Linking Generations Society of Alberta - $35K (2019), $35K (2020), $35K (2021)
Linking Generations provides an inspirational series of programs, promoting connection and inclusion in Strathcona County by guiding 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 incremental expansion in the community.
Robin Hood Association for the Handicapped - $30K (2019)
Robin Hood Association has requested funding to continue facilitating their subsidized and inclusive Collective Kitchen for Strathcona County residents. The Collective Kitchen supports residents as they learn to meal plan, shop and cook together. Funding will be used to continue and evaluate the successful collective kitchen program piloted under last year’s one-year grant.
Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society (Angel Whispers Program) - $8K (2019), $8K (2020), $8K (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 use of the program by Strathcona County residents.
Linking Generations provides an inspirational series of programs, promoting connection and inclusion in Strathcona County by guiding seniors and youth on a journey from strangers to friends in a structured, supported environment. Funding will be used to expand the ‘Grandparent Program’ to bring seniors in to schools. Volunteer Strathcona is providing in kind support to the program and will not be a direct recipient of funds.
BGC is devoted to serving children and youth throughout Strathcona County. BGC is collaborating with Irelate to increase their capacity to support families experiencing family breakup. Funding will be used to provide training to BGC staff to address growing challenges of toxic stress on children and to further explore collaborations.
Application information for the 2020 Social Framework Community Core and Collaboration Grants cycle will be posted here in the Fall of 2019.
Application information for the 2019 Community Seed Grants, including funding for Community Gatherings, will be posted in the Spring of 2019.
For more information on Seed Grants, please call 780-464-4044.