NEWS RELEASE: Over $3.7 million to support social recovery in Calgary

(EDMONTON, AB): New Civil Society Funding will support 17 Calgary-area projects, helping vulnerable Albertans and supporting social and economic recovery.

As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, these grants will invest in unique and innovative projects to address social problems facing Albertans. This funding will help organizations in addressing a wide range of social issues like mental health, homelessness, and domestic violence.

The 17 Calgary-based Civil society organizations will receive grants of between $88,880 and $550,000. Organizations include the Calgary Distress Centre, Oxford House, the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Family Violence, and the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society.

“These community organizations are vital to the health and wellbeing of Calgarians. These groups are addressing critical issues that impact our everyday lives and include mental health supports and addiction treatment, family violence prevention, and care for our most vulnerable. I’m proud to see this government investing in Albertans by ensuing they have access to a wide range of social supports.”

Jeremy Nixon, MLA Calgary-Klein, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Community and Social Services for Civil Society

Civil societies include non-profit and voluntary organizations, registered charities, and others who play a critical role in the well-being of Albertans. These grants will help support transformational change and improve how civil society organizations function and work together to address pressing social challenges.

“This project will be a game-changer, taking the model of innovation labs and expanding it to engage people who may have little experience in innovation in a process that challenges perspectives and everyday practice. An adaptive sector will benefit all Albertans, who will have improved opportunities to participate in prevention and in addressing pervasive social issues like abuse. This work, and the benefits it will bring, would be impossible without the grant from the Civil Society Fund.”

Andrea Silverstone, CEO, Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society

Budget 2022 includes an additional $6 million for the Civil Society Fund – completing the government’s three-year, $20-million platform commitment to increase the capacity of civil society to address social issues.

Quick facts:

  • The government received 295 proposals for funding.
  • Civil Society Fund funding is one-time only.
    • Eligible applicants could request up to $1 million for their project.
    • Successful applicants will have up to 24 months from the date of the grant agreement to complete their grant activities.

Calgary grant recipients:

  • The University of Calgary
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta
  • Kingdom Life Ministries Calgary
  • Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations
  • The Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Family Violence    
  • Oxford House Foundation of Canada
  • Affinity Mentorship Foundation
  • Alberta Mindfulness Association
  • Fresh Routes Inc.
  • Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
  • Distress Centre Calgary
  • Mount Royal University Foundation
  • Simon House Residence Society
  • Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society
  • Canada West Foundation
  • Sagesse Domestic Violence Prevention Society
  • Crowd Security Campaign Foundation
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