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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

Substance Abuse

Mental Health  

Vulnerable Populations – Particularly Youth

The Community Impact Award will 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


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 March 15th.

1. Submit the grant application attached.
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.





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)