The Community Grants Program is ECF’s primary grant program for charities serving the Edmonton area. Community Grants support a wide range of needs across many sectors, including: Human Services, Arts & Culture, Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Health, and Sports & Recreation.

Community Grants are funded from our Community and Field of Interest Funds; donors to these funds have given ECF discretion over allocation of fund income.

Abbottsfield Youth Project (AYP) SocietyHigh School Expansion Project$50,000
To create a peer to peer support program, with a strictly relational focus with other high school students, to give youth an opportunity to showcase and develop their own skills, and to create a level of independence.
Action Coalition on Human Trafficking Alberta Association Community Collaboration on Migrant Worker Support$50,000
To support a part-time staff position to improve and streamline the response to human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation of migrant workers in Edmonton.
Active Healthy Kids Canada
City Cycling Strategies for Students$45,500
To convene cycling educators and advocates from across Edmonton to support, enrich and deliver city cycling clinics in 10 communities.
Alano Club (Edmonton 1969)HVAC Safety Upgrades$32,000
To replace two HVAC units on the roof along with necessary piping, ducting and venting. The upgrade will provide a cleaner air supply for meeting rooms, reduce energy costs and lower the carbon footprint.
Alberta Aviation Museum Association Volunteer / Rental Administrator$36,000
To continue supporting a coordinator role to move ahead to improve the financial health of the museum and provide effective marketing.
Alberta Craft Council Fund Development$62,500
To support a full-time position to work alongside the Executive Director to expand capacity for grants, develop donor and sponsorship programs, implement special events and increase opportunities for richer experience-based craft learning and audience engagement.
Alberta Pioneer Railway Association Infrastructure upgrades$44,000
An opportunity to upgrade the facility with some fencing, heating system, insulation, and asbestos removal during a season-long facility closure.
Alberta Worker's Health Centre Society Safe & Fair Videos$27'900
To produce a filmed adaptation of SAFE & FAIR: SCENE AT WORK (S&F), a play for Junior High students, which can then use in Workshops to be facilitated either in-person or remotely online.
Beaverhill Bird Observatory SocietyEducation Centre$34,100
To support interior finishing and furnishings for a new two-story Education Centre.
Boyle McCauley Health CentreHealth Centre Dental Clinic$40,000
To continue supporting a part-time dental assistant position.
Boyle Street Services Society
Non-residential Managed Alcohol Program$70,000
To support a program for individuals who consume non-beverage alcohol by providing participants with a daily dosage of safe alcohol (wine) with the objective to reduce their need to consume illicit alcohol.
Camp Health, Hope & Hapiness Society  Hydraulic Lift and Dump Box$25,300
To replace a equipment which is no longer safe on the road and undersized for the organization's current and expanding needs.
Camp Warwa Building Memories Project
To purchase core kitchen equipment to operate a new dining facility to serve more children.
Canadian National Insitute for the Blind (CNIB)  Cycling without Age$20,600
To cover the costs of a new Program Coordinator to oversee program delivery for the upcoming season.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Safeguarding Edmonton's Drinking Water From Open-Pit Coal Mines$50,000
To raise awareness among Edmontonians about recent changes to Alberta’s coal mining policy and encourage and assist them to speak out. Simultaneously, advocating for land-use plans that can suitably protect the headwaters from the risks of coal developments.
CASA Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health CASA Youth Council
To support youth council initiatives, including Youth Mental Wellness Day and Unseen: Youth Mental Health magazine.
Cerebral Palsy Association in AlbertaIncreasing Inclusivity through Online Programming$56,000
To hire an Online Program Coordinator in Edmonton to facilitate the virtual programs introduced during COVID-19, and to fund a portion of virtual program direct and overhead costs.
Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta (Africa Centre)ASE$80,000
To support a cultural enrichment program that empowers at-risk youth and young adults of African descent and provides opportunities for them to achieve their full potential in all aspects of life.
Creating Hope Society of AlbertaBridging the Gap$79,400
To support two positions responsible for planning, organizing and overseeing all of the programs and services within the community.
Dogs with Wings Assistance Dog SocietyEdmonton based dog trainer$30,000
To support the development of an internal candidate to pursue an apprenticeship to become a Certified Instructor.
Drive Happiness Seniors AssociationSeniors Assisted Transportation Expansion$40,000
To continue supporting the expansion project with outreach work for communities that have identified transportation needs due to the lack of public transition systems and the high costs of other services.
Easter Seals Alberta SocietyMcQueen Home Concrete Repairs$27,000
To replace the concrete driveway that poses a safety risk for residents.
Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta SocietyBuilding Capacity$11,200
To continue supporting an administrative position to ensure more collaborations and ability to respond to a growing organization.
Edmonton and Area Land TrustVisitor Access for New Conservation Lands$61,000
To support staff and infrastructure improvements for conservation lands to be accessible to the public for low impact recreation.
Edmonton Folk Music Festival SocietySecurity Project$50,000
To support the installation and upgrade of a lighting and security system, with the primary goal of deterring criminal activity.
Edmonton Jazz Society
Community Engagement and Outreach Initiative$50,000
To support the recruitment and hiring of an Executive Director to address operational responsibilities, seek partnerships, build engagement and liaise with funding partners.
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers SocietyRainbow Refuge$78,300
To support staff positions to continue to serve LGBTQ+ refugee claimants as other funding eligibility excludes refugee claimants from the program.
Edmonton Musical Theatre SocietySound Equipment Replacement and Enhancement$21,000
To replace our existing keyboard, sound mixer board, and microphones to improve the sound quality for performances.
Edmonton Region Immigrant Employment Council (ERIEC)New Business Development Program$40,000
To continue assisting a fund development contract position that will provide the organization with an opportunity to expand its outreach in the community and source additional revenue streams.
Edmonton Space & Science FoundationAurora Project$76,600
To purchase equipment required to open the new advanced microbiology laboratory.
Edmonton Symphony SocietyKipohtakaw YONA$50,000
To continue supporting the salaries of two Teaching Artists with music education in Alexander First Nation.
Enviromental Law Centre (Alberta) SocietyAlberta Forests Act: Review and Recommendations$30,000
To conduct a review of the Alberta Forests Act, its regulations and its associated policies and guidelines. The funding requested will support the human resources needed for the research, writing, and editing of the reports, as well as conducting engagement and outreach activities. Conditional on other funding secured (until June 2020). Condition met Jan 2020.
Events EdmontonInfrastructure Enhancement Project$30,000
To purchase new tents, wheel chair ramps, bike racks and picnic tables.
First Alberta Campus Radio AssociationAdapting for COVID-19$21,500
To develop and deliver training and recruitment appropriate Covid-19, including adapting volunteer recruitment and training to online.
Fort Saskatchewan Famailies First SocietyFamilies First Solar Panel Project$80,000
To install solar panels on a carport structure in the parking lot of the Families First Building.
Fort Saskatchewean Food Gatherers SocietyExecutive Director Recruitment$50,000
To hire an executive director to oversee and streamline operations, increase funding, and enhance profile in the community.
Frontier CollegeDistance learning support for under-served children and youth$70,000
A flexible, blended model of in-person, online, and distance support to work with schools and libraries to keep at-risk students connected with programs and resources.
Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Centre of EdmontonQueer Community Initiatives Support Project$80,000
To develop tools and tactics to help reduce barriers for gender and sexual diverse Edmontonians to volunteer and have a voice at the Pride Centre.
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
Roots4Change Youth Leadership Network$40,000
To hire and recruit youth to continue creating safe online and in-person spaces for young people to engage in peer-led human rights dialogue and in developing systems-level recommendations needed to advance human rights for youth.
Junior Achievement Of Nothern Alberta & NWTDigital Programs$44,700
To support proven existing programs that have pivoted to a digital platform for the pandemic.
Kids with Cancer Society of Northern Alberta & NWT Survivor Program$50,000
To grow the program to accommodate 150 families and addressed increased requests for counselling and skills building for the whole family.
KidSport Society of Edmonton Opening Pathways to Leadership$45,600
To support a pilot that promotes sport leadership for minority/marginalized youth in Edmonton by preparing them to become leaders in sport.
Land Stewardship Centre of CanadaAdvancing Nature Based Education$30,000
To develop a strategic educational plan to guide educational events, activities and programs to leverage the distinct moraine landscape, abundant nature-based learning opportunities and multiple partner programming available within the Beaver Hills Biosphere.
Leftovers FoundationCommunity Mobile Food Market$25,000
To purchase a second refrigerated truck and support the salary of lead position as the organization re-established or re-locates stops and builds to maximum capacity.
McDougall House AssociationFacility Maintenance and Improvement$32,000
To complete interior renovations to provide a safe, healthy, comfortable and functional environment for a second stage residential addiction treatment facility for women.
Multicultural Family Resource SocietySafe and Healthy Families$78,700
To support a community-based program that builds the capacities of newcomer men and boys to promote healthy families free of violence.
National Zakat Foundation
Client Support Outreach Initiative$49,000
To support salaries and some programing costs of part time outreach caseworker and childcare worker providing culturally appropriate access to mental health services, employment support, children's programing, and resource navigation.
Native Counselling Services of AlbertaBearPaw Media and Education$43,100
To upgrade outdated technology to ensure they can still produce high quality public legal education videos and publications, as well as ensure the staff can work at the office and at home with the equipment they need.
Neil Squire SocietyMakers Making Change$50,000
To support staff to launch an Edmonton chapter of Makers Making Change, using OpenSource Assistive Technology (OpenAT) to build assistive technology at fraction of the cost.
Nina Haggerty Centre for the ArtsFamily Arts Night Program$16,000
To provide a 36 week, free family arts night to make art accessible to inner city families who could not otherwise afford creating family activity together.
Northwest Central Alberta FASD Services Network SocietyIn Reach Out Reach$50,000
To continue FASD assessment and diagnostics to ensure FASD awareness, prevention, support and clinics are available to more corrections facilities, staff and inmates.
Norwood Child & Family Resource CentreBrain Builders Program$80,100
To support a parent education and home visitation service that aims to strengthen parent/caregiver capacity and understanding related to the importance of optimal child development.
Our House (Edmonton) Ltd.Outreach/Community Counselor$50,000
To hire a new position to reach suffering individuals and/or families of addiction.
Paralympic Sports AssociationFund Development Staff$35,000
To hire a part-time position to follow through on financial sustainability opportunities.
Parents Empowering Parents (PEP) SocietyProgram Expansion$19,100
To strengthen the program while building relationships and collaborative partnerships in the community and to access more opportunities to build sustainable funding.
Policywise for Children & FamaliesCommon Data Toolkit$51,200
To create a toolkit that will guide more consistent and robust demographic data collection for funders, charities, and other non-profits.
SeedChangeRural Routes to Climate Solutions$50,000
To educate agricultural producers in Leduc, Parkland, Strathcona and Sturgeon Counties on how to implement on-farm climate solutions.
Sierra Club of Canda FoundationECO-Buddies$15,200
To increase capacity and continue delivering a program that creates opportunities for active exploration of the local environment and constructed deep environmental knowledge of the work around us, while living in an urban setting.
Small Change FundRenewable Skills for Remote and Indigenous Communities$47,800
To help build the workforce required to fill the growing need for skilled solar and wind energy industry workers while empowering core constituency fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to enter these industries.
Somali Canadian Cultrual Society of Edmonton
Operational Grant$40,000
To continue support an administrative assistant position to support the implementation of five COVID-19 programs, regular programming, and a social enterprise.
Southwest Edmonton Seniors Association (SWESA)Engaging Seniors in our New Normal$47,100
To expand programs, while also exploring new ways and means to connect with seniors who may not yet feel comfortable attending programs in person.
St. Albert Stop Abuse in Families SocietyChild Play Therapy$62,000
To pilot a free child play therapy program for children ages 5-11, who have experience or witnessed family violence and abuse with a short term, strength based, solutions focused play based early intervention counselling.
University of AlbertaBlack Youth Mentorship Program$77,200
To deliver a Black Youth Mentorship Program at the University of Alberta aimed at Grade 10 to 12 high school youths (ages 16 to 19). Program components include workshops, career development panels, research practica, and shadowing professionals in the community.
Variety - Children's Charity of Alberta AssociationVolt Hockey$54,300
To purchase wheelchairs and supplies associated with running an Edmonton Volt Hockey league which allows participants who have more complex mobility needs to play the sport beyond other adaptive variations of hockey.
Varscona Theatre Alliance SocietyPatron Handrails$20,000
To help stabilize the existing railings and add a second row of railings along the other side of the aisles.
Wildlife Conversation Society CanadaGoing to Bat for Bats$73,600
To educate the public about the importance of bats to the environment, economy and human health, and to reduce the impact of WNS on bat populations, prior to the arrival of the disease in the province.

Total amount granted: $3,066,000