The Community Foundation awards $113,627.50 to 14 charities across Southeastern Alberta.
Smart and Caring Community Grants support communities across Southeastern Alberta by enhancing belonging of all citizens and strengthening the non-profit and voluntary sectors. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their contributions to support the community’s greatest needs.
“We are so grateful to work alongside the Rural Advisory Committees in Brooks, the County of Forty Mile, and Special Areas 2, 3 & MD of Acadia, to ensure the greatest needs in our communities are being supported. Our funding priorities this grant cycle focused on Mental Health, Work & Economy, and Vulnerable Populations. Thank you to our incredible group of volunteers who make up our Grants Committee.”
– Cheryl Pocsik, CFSEA Grants Committee Chair
In awarding grants, CFSEA conducts a comprehensive procedure to determine the most crucial community needs from data and evidence-based practice. Grants are then awarded based on potential impact and fund availability. Each year the Community Foundation hosts a Vital event to help determine the community’s greatest needs which guides their funding priorities. The current priorities, in no particular order, are as follows: Mental Health, Work & Economy and Vulnerable Populations – particularly youth & substance abuse.
“Our recent Vital Focus highlighted the current grant priorities and the importance of working together to create change. The fall grant recipients demonstrate just that – representing collaborations and fostering connections between diverse groups across the region. Each one of these initiatives shows promising impact for their communities.”
– Niki Gray, Acting Executive Director
The next Smart and Caring Community Grant cycle will open to application in early February 2022.
To learn more, connect with CFSEA by calling 403.527.9038 or by visiting https://cfsea.ca/we-give/smart-caring-grants/.