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Vital Signs Grants Program

Grants to Edmonton, Alberta Nonprofits for
Initiatives that Foster Social Inclusion

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF)

Deadline Date:

09/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Edmonton, Alberta nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that address the current needs of the community. This year, funding is specifically intended for programs that aim to increase a sense of belonging in the community. Priority will be given to projects serving people at high-risk of social isolation, especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people are identified in the Vital Signs Report as being particularly at-risk.

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

The Vital Signs® Report is a yearly check-up conducted by the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) that measures how the community is doing on specific topics compared to national averages. The Vital Signs report on Social Inclusion indicates that only 29% of Albertans feel a sense of belonging to their community, the lowest rate in Canada. As indicated in the report, a sense of belonging brings many benefits, including improved health, safety, employment, volunteerism, etc.

Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include:

-Pilots or prototypes
-Initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming
-Organizational or community learning opportunities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167311

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

One year. The funding begins on March 1, 2018. The Foundation will not award funds for expenses incurred before March 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization which has a Charitable Registration Number from the Canada Revenue Agency working in the greater Edmonton area is eligible to apply.

Greater Edmonton area includes: Leduc County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and Parkland County.

If you do not have a charitable registration number you are NOT eligible to apply for grants to the Edmonton Community Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

The first deadline is January 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM for initiatives after March 1, 2018.

Future deadlines include: June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 2018.

Vital Signs:
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC):

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

For more information about Vital Signs® Grants, contact ECF’s Grants Team at:

Phone: 780-426-0015 or 1-866-626-0015

Grant Coverage Areas:

The Greater Edmonton area, which includes Leduc County, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, and Parkland County.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta