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Our Vital Impact Grant application and process has been updated to focus on organizations who may have an innovative and creative way in filling a community need. Our Community Leadership Committee has been working hard to revise this new award and they are proud to present the Community Impact Award.


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 Community Impact Award is a $25,000 grant designed for agencies with innovative project ideas that show creativity and leadership in supporting a vibrant, healthy and caring community.       

Using information from CFSEA’s Vital Signs/Youth Vital Conversations, projects that address the following priorities are invited to apply:

          * Work & Economy                
* Mental Health      
* Vulnerable Populations – Particularly Youth & Substance Abuse


    Please Note:

    • Successful projects may be applicable to receive funding over a maximum of two (2) years.
    • A final report will be due within 18 months of receiving the grant. Quarterly updates will be required.
    • $20,000 will be awarded to the successful applicant with $5,000 being withheld until the applicant presents at the following year’s Vital event.

    Deadline for applications is May 15th.

    1. Submit the grant application through the CFSEA grant portal.
    2. The Community Leadership Committee will then review all applications and consider up to three (3) finalists to submit further information including a presentation to the committee.


    2021 Grant Writing Workshop Recording


    Past Recipients of our Community Impact Award: 

    2021 Recipients

    Our Collective Journey – Recovery Coaching to act as a perosnal guide, mentor, and role model for indviduals seeking recovery from substance abuse. ($25,000)

    Cypress View Foundation in partnership with Bike Medicine Hat – Establish a chapter of Cycling Without Age to give seniors the opportunity to go for rides on a specially designed trishaw bike operated by a volunteer pilot. ($25,000)

    2019 Recipient
    HALO & Search & Rescue Collaboration – Support for training and equipment to enhance the ability of HALO and SEASAR to meet emergency needs in the region. Together, they fill a gap in the services available to people in emergency situations. ($25,000)

    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)