To make sure all Albertans can participate in Alberta’s Recovery Plan, these projects will help Albertans get back on their feet by addressing a range of social issues such as food security, mental health, homelessness, unemployment and domestic violence. In total, 34 projects will focus on social recovery and seven will focus on economic recovery.
“While Alberta is continuing its strong recovery, many people find themselves on the outside looking in. We must do what we can to ensure all Albertans are able to share in the prosperity. This critical funding will help civil society expand capacity and transform their abilities to help people overcome their struggles, rejoin the workforce, and participate and contribute to their communities.”
“The Civil Society Fund continues to show success in funding new and unique projects that are expanding civil society capacity across our province. I am excited to see so many worthy recipients of the fund this year and look forward to hearing the impact that these funds will have in our community.”
The approved projects reflect the diversity and strength of civil society, and include large and small organizations from across the province. Organizations have up to two years to complete their projects.
“We are very grateful for the support provided by the Civil Society Fund grant to continue the important work of the Men& project. This funding is essential in helping advance the work of violence prevention in our province and building our community’s capacity to truly make a positive impact.”
This round of civil society funding completes the government’s platform commitment to provide $20 million over three years to build the capacity of civil society to address social challenges. In total, the fund supported 99 projects in more than 25 communities across the province.
Funding through the Civil Society Fund is intended to help civil society organizations transform how they function, innovate and work together to address pressing social challenges. Civil society organizations eligible to apply included not-for-profit and voluntary organizations, including post-secondary institutions, as well as First Nations and Metis Settlements.
- The government received 268 applications for the third round of funding.
- Civil Society Fund funding is one-time only.
- Eligible applicants could request up to $500,000 for their project.
- Successful applicants will have up to 24 months from the date of the grant agreement to complete their grant activities.
- Alberta has more than 26,200 non-profit organizations.
- The sector employs more than 280,000 Albertans.
- Each year, 1.6 million Albertans provide 262 million volunteer hours.