The Status of Women Community Grant Program is being consolidated under the Community Initiatives Programs. Organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant stream as per the program guidelines.


The Alberta Status of Women Community Grant Program provides one-time funding to not-for-profit and charitable organizations for projects and activities that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta and relate to one or more priority areas:

  • increasing women’s economic security
  • increasing women in leadership and democratic participation
  • preventing and responding to gender-based violence

Grant streams

There are 3 grant streams:

  • Systemic Grant Stream
    • This stream focuses on the creation of tools, resources and products that will be publically available and shared with relevant community stakeholders to address systemic gender inequalities.
  • Seed Grant Stream
    • This stream helps new and emerging organizations build their capacity as they pilot an innovative initiative that improves the lives of women and girls.
  • Projects and Events Grant Stream
    • This stream supports community organizations to expand existing projects/program to new areas or organize knowledge sharing events in their community.

Grant recipients

2017-18 recipients




Alberta Association of Midwives (AAM)


A province-wide midwifery conference in Calgary focusing on working with vulnerable and diverse populations

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA)


A province-wide tour to engage with Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), collect information about their needs and encourage professionalization of the ECE workforce.

Elves Special Needs Society


Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Four-day Instructor Certification for staff development.

Fast & Female Supporting Women In Sport Foundation


A conference for young female athletes featuring ambassadors who have achieved athletic success.

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW)


An Indigenous Women’s Justice Forum to discuss changes needed in the justice system for Indigenous women.

John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights


Expansion of the Stride Self Advocacy Program for newcomer and vulnerable women to build their confidence and engage their voice in policy and program decisions.

Medicine Hat Women's Shelter Society


Attend and present at the first Women's Shelters Canada national conference.

Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd


Create a staff position to help immigrant and refugee women run micro-enterprises and support the roll out and evaluation of a micro-enterprise development model.

Providing Assistance, Counselling, and Education (P.A.C.E)


Implement John School: The Sex Trade Offender Program (STOP), a post-court diversion program for first-time sex buying offenders.

Rowan House Society


Attend the first Women's Shelters Canada national conference.

Women in International Security - Canada (WIIS-Canada)


An annual workshop to showcase the work of women in the international security sector that will include one-on-one mentoring events and leadership, training and academic panels.

Women's Centre of Calgary


Develop and pilot Women Lead YYC, a leadership training program to equip women with skills and connections to work for change and participate in decision making in their communities.

Coalition des femmes de l 'Alberta


Workshops in rural Alberta to address domestic violence among Francophone women.

Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF)


Develop and deliver a lecture series for women in non-traditional roles in film.

Community Futures Capital Region


Deliver entrepreneurial skills development workshop series for women.

Community Futures East Central Alberta


Deliver QuickBooks skills training for women in business.

Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association


Develop the Leduc Leading Women network and mentorship group to create sponsorship networks where women help women grow their business or advance their career.

Whitecourt and District Chamber of Commerce


Deliver a series of lunch and evening workshops on leadership skills, professional networking, public speaking, conflict management and re-entering the workforce.

Electricity Human Resources Canada


One-day event to engage make champions for change to promote women’s inclusion and advancement in the electricity sector.

Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary


Self-defence training for immigrant women.

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton


5 Minute Friend training program to help staff and management in the hospitality industry identify sexual violence in nightlife settings and provides them with tools to intervene or respond.

Alberta Network of Immigrant Women


One-day conference to bring together businesses, scholars, social services agencies and government to learn about advances in preventing and managing workplace racism, bullying and harassment.

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association


Conduct a needs assessment, deliver community presentations and facilitate community connections to immigrant women who are family caregivers.

Centre for Sexuality


Expansion of the school-based WiseGuyz sexual health program, targeting 14-15 year old boys, to Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Hanna and Camrose.

Changing Together


Theatre production to address social and political issues.

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta


Staff training to deliver Making Changes program to empower women to exit abusive relationships.

Next Gen Men


Develop and launch online tool for employers to assess barriers to full participation of women and other underrepresented groups in their organizations.

RESET Society of Calgary


Host the first Sexual Exploitation and Awareness Conference to be held in western Canada.

Sherwood Park District Chamber of Commerce


Full-day event for women in business to explore challenges, opportunities and successes.

Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service


One-day event aimed at Indigenous empowerment and resiliency, focusing on Indigenous women’s roles in leadership.

YWCA Banff


Leading Change initiative to mentor local businesses to adopt best practices for address domestic violence in the workplace and engage community members to be leaders in ending gender-based violence.

YWCA Calgary


Develop pilot workshops to support women advocating for themselves and speaking up against abuse and harassment in the workplace.

2016-17 recipients

2016-17 grant recipients (PDF, 149 KB)


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