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Are you a registered charity with a game-changing idea that has the potential to create positive, lasting change in our region?

The CFSEA’s Vital Impact Grants open the door for creativity and leadership in the non-profit sector and funds innovative projects that might not normally qualify under other grants available.

The intent of this program is to utilize the information found through the CFSEA’s annual Vital Signs® publications and identify specific issues and opportunities that improve the quality of life for those in Southeastern Alberta. This year, three main priorities were identified: 1. Work & Economy 2. Mental Health 3. Vulnerable Populations

The Vital Impact Grants support projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

– Are a new and creative project that serves a social mandate

– Foster cooperative, collaborative and innovative approaches to the challenges facing organizations and our community

– Address an identifiable community need or opportunity

– Build community leadership

– Have an impact across the region

– Leverage other funds and partnerships

– Show evidence of sustainability

– Require up to two years of funding and execution (please inquire about multi-year projects)

What we won’t fund:

  • Core administration costs (eg. Rent, photocopiers, office expenditures)
  • Core existing programs

 Vital Community Impact Awards will be open for nomination in early 2019 – watch for more information or contact our office at 403.527.9038


 Past Recipients of our Vital Impact Grants: 

2017 Recipients
Medicine Hat Women’s Shelter – Men and Boys messaging and education to prevent family violence ($4,000)
McMan Youth Family & Community Services Association – Outdoor BBQ and Community Gathering area for homeless youth apartment building ($2,000)
Fresh Start to School – Take away items for distribution: BBQ hosting ($5,000)
No Stone Left Alone – Honoring Fallen Soldiers with poppies on Gravestones ($1,000)
Medicine Hat & District Food Bank – Contribution to wages of their system Navigator ($10,000)
SPEC Association for Children and Families – Multi-Cultural Arts project to integrate Brooks’ citizens from around the world ($8,038)
Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition – Play Guides ($2,700)

2016 Recipients
Medicine Hat and District Food Bank – Food First Project ($15000.00)
Catholic School District – Fresh Start to School ($10,000.00)
Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition – Roving Gyms ($3875.00)
St. John’s Church – Project Connect ($1500.00)
Dutchess Ag Society – Dutchess Hockey Club ($4150.00)
2015 Recipients
Early Childhood Development Coalition – Roving Gyms Program ($8,000)
Medicine Catholic School Board – Fresh Start to School ($10,000)
Medicine Hat Public Library – Tic Tac Teen Program ($3,000)
Medicine Hat Public Library – Post Teen Program ($1,500)
Shortgrass Library System (Bow Island) – Teen Programming Kit ($1,500)
Medicine Hat and District Food Bank – Food First Pilot ($15,000)
2014 Recipients
Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition – Roving Gyms ($8800)
Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre – Transportation for Patients ($7000)
McMan – Youth Food Security Program ($5200)
Brooks Public Library – Teen Advisory Board ($1500)
Medicine Hat Public Library – Tic Tac Teen Program ($1500)
Medicine Hat Public Library – Post Teens Program ($1500)
Shortgrass Library – Teen Programming Kits ($1500)