The Community Grants Program is ECF’s ‘one-stop shop’ for charities serving the Edmonton area. Community Grants support a wide range of needs across six key sectors: community and social services; arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; health and wellness; the environment; and recreation and leisure.

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. Support is also provided through the Strategic Granting Guide, through which ECF donors identify projects to support with their donor advised funds.

Alberta Caregivers AssociationSupporting Caregivers in the Edmonton Area Newcomer Communities39,743
A partnership with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers on a pilot to identify the barriers that newcomer groups face in accessing Alberta Caregivers Association services and how they can be better accommodated.
Alberta Council for Environmental EducationCreating Engaged Environmental Stewards28,500
A series of workshops and events in 2018 will help build capacity and strengthen the environmental education community.
Alberta Helping Animals SocietyCommunity Coordinator77,600
To support a Community Coordinator position for a program that provides free veterinary care and other services to the companion animals of low income people through volunteer veterinary professionals.
Alberta Workers' Health Centre SocietyWork Plays Schools Program40,000
To support costs for the long-running Work Plays Schools Program, which uses professional theatre productions to educate young workers in schools across Alberta on their rights to safe, healthy, and fair workplaces.
All One Sky FoundationClimate Resilience Exchange40,000
Eight communities in the Edmonton Capital Region will work with All One Sky Foundation and other partners to take a collaborative, regional, and action-based approach to address the impacts of climate change.
BMHC Pathways to Housing EdmontonPregnancy Pathways23,750
To support the Project Coordinator position for a collaboration of 25 Edmonton-based organizations focused on establishing a dedicated residence for 12 homeless, pregnant women with on-site supports and links to external services.
Boys & Girls Club of Strathcona CountySummer Program19,000
To provide financial assistance for kids attending summer programming and to help with program costs such as camping equipment, supplies, transportation and program services.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyEvaluation Framework and Capacity Building20,000
An evaluation framework to coordinate evaluation activities, ensuring that they are appropriate, effective, and efficient. Staff and leaders will be trained to use the new evaluation framework in convenient and sustainable ways, yielding a high-quality evaluation for comparatively low-cost.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyRoof Replacement20,000
To address an urgent situation, where the roof of the McCauley Club collapsed.
Camp Health, Hope & Happiness SocietyProtecting A Legacy of Investment47,003
To replace roofs throughout the facility and pour new concrete to restore aging sidewalks and ramps at a summer camp facility.
Canadian Native Friendship CentreExpansion of Cultural & Recreational Programs45,765
To expand cultural programming to include a brand new powwow fitness program that allows participants from low income families to come together and renew and/or enhance their own culture.
Centre for Race and CultureAnti-Racism Resources for Teachers and Schools39,800
This project will address the key need for anti-racism education in schools and community programming by revamping the Race and Respect resource to reflect current demographics and best practice, and increase the availability of the resource by creating an online version.
Citie Ballet SocietyAdministrative Support for Dance/Wellness Programs22,000
To support administrative fees to run Art Connects, which will provide access to arts instruction and programming for disadvantaged children, youth, and seniors who suffer from a variety of cognitive disorders.
CIVIXStudent Vote 2017 Municipal and School Board Elections47,000
CIVIX provides experiential learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. Edmonton students will practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship and cast ballots for the official candidates in a Student Vote parallel election.
Crohn's and Colitis CanadaGoHere Washroom Access Initiative15,000
This initiative increases washroom access for people living with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or other medical conditions related to incontinence by encouraging businesses within Edmonton to open their washrooms and play an important role in building accessible communities and improving lives.
Cultural Connections Institute -- The Learning ExchangeProgram Coordinator Position31,550
To support the salary of a new Program Coordinator position to oversee administrative, human resources, and outreach components of the Cultural Connections Institute.
E4C (Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation)Kids in the Hall Bistro Program Transformation80,000
To bridge the financial impact of hiring the two key positions for the new staffing model during the temporary closure of the Bistro while it undergoes a complete renovation.
Earth RangersSchool Assembly Program20,000
To deliver programming to 40 elementary schools to help increase environmental awareness among children and their families and create positive impacts in the community.
Edmonton Catholic Separate School District 7Braided Journey40,000
To support the hiring of an Indigenous staff member who is knowledgeable in the area of literacy as well as has a background in social work and Indigenous youth and family counseling.
Edmonton New Shadow Theatre SocietyThe Comedy Troop39,250
To support costs to write, develop, and produce a story about members of the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry that put together a comedy/musical revue show to entertain the troops in World War I.
Edmonton Opera AssociationOpera Outreach17,500
To engage new and existing audience members through community events related to the October 2017 production of Les Feluette, a compelling new Canadian opera that explores same sex love against the backdrop of the Catholic church.
Edmonton Poetry FestivalPoetry Moves Student Symposium17,000
To provide scholarships for diverse and disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise be able to access the Poetry Moves Student Symposium.
Edmonton Social Planning CouncilExploring Sustainability38,900
A fund development audit to explore the potential to strengthen the organization's medium and long-term sustainability by diversifying revenue sources to meet core operational needs.
Edmonton Space & Science FoundationScanning Electron Microscope39,400
To give Alberta youth the opportunity to explore the nanoscopic world with the purchase of a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).
Edmonton Symphony SocietySymphony in the City of Canada 15035,000
To support local musicians and ensembles for the annual Symphony in the City, with an expanded two full days of free family-orientated programming in Kinsmen Park.
Edmonton Women's Shelter Ltd.In-Shelter Nursing Support65,300
To provide in-shelter registered nurse support within the four Edmonton emergency level shelters for women and children fleeing domestic violence provided by WIN House and Lurana Shelter Society.
EmployAbilities Society of AlbertaAdaptive and Interactive Website20,000
To support the development of a new website which is easier for people with disabilities to use, adaptive to mobile devices, and up-to-date.
Enoch Cree NationInterpretive Centre Program Researcher40,000
To support a Program Researcher & Information Governance Technician position which will be responsible for the provision, preservation, and management of collections of information that are intended to preserve the past and allow others to discover this history.
Fort Saskatchewan Families First SocietySteadfast Connector Project39,400
Steadfast Connector assists clients who have the most complex needs, in that they need to access multiple systems in order to get back on track, such as employment, housing, income support and the legal and justice systems.
Free Will Players Theatre GuildProduction Equipment37,500
To replace old, broken, outdated equipment and improve safety on site with the purchase of new mic pacs and 20 conventional lights and by building a show stage and masking flats.
Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children's FestivalRelaxed Theatre Project25,000
To reduce barriers to participation in the arts for children with developmental delays and disorders by introducing an accessibility initiative that helps manage sensory overstimulation.
Fringe Theatre Adventures SocietyBackstage Theatre Seating80,000
To purchase a seating structure for the Backstage Theatre that is compatible with the pre-existing structures and chairs used through the Arts Barns and in Fringe venues.
Frontier CollegeFilling The Literacy Gap in Youth Wrap-Around Services40,000
To provide one-to-one literacy and numeracy tutoring to vulnerable youth who are accessing wrap-around services through iHuman Youth Society and Youth Empowerment and Support Services.
Garneau United Assisted Living Place (GUALP)Seniors Accessible Mini-Bus40,000
To purchase a Minibus with a lift, space for storing walkers, and the ability to secure people in wheelchairs, to significantly increase the quality of life for the residents of Ashbourne.
Gateway Association for Community LivingWork Experience Initiative40,000
This work experience pilot will help 10 students who live with developmental disabilities find meaningful work experience opportunities, and develop a model for inclusive work experience that can be broadly applied.
Health Arts Society of AlbertaReaching Elders with Music30,000
To support musician fees for 200 concerts to elders in care in 2018.
HIV Network of Edmonton SocietyVision 20-20: Evaluation Project45,000
To support an Evaluation Project Lead position for a multi-year evaluational process and database transition.
Ice on Whyte Festival SocietyContainer Conversion for Onsite Trailers40,000
To convert three sea shipping containers into multi-purpose trailers for artists, production, staff, and volunteers to use during two festivals - Ice on Whyte and Sand on Whyte - and for community use or festival storage for the remainder of the year.
Inner City Youth Development AssociationYouth Support and the Court System40,000
To support a youth support court worker position that will work with high risk youth who have outstanding warrants to prevent their incarceration for minor offences and petty crime, thereby preventing the youths' introduction to a more experienced criminal element and more serious criminal offences while engaging them in educational programming.
Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta & NWTCompany Program21,062
To respond to the growing demands of the Company Program where students from grade 9 to 12 build companies with local volunteer advisors, guiding them through an entire business cycle.
Kids Kottage FoundationClient Database45,000
To develop a client database to facilitate effective, efficient intake and discharge processes in the crisis nursery.
Kids Up Front Foundation (Edmonton)Communications Initiative32,000
To support the development of a strategic communications plan with a comprehensive communications roadmap that can be implemented within the organization.
Miistakis Institute for the Rockies Inc.Edmonton Ecoroof and Climate Change Resiliency Initiative38,700
In partnership with the City of Edmonton, this initiative will analyze the impact of ecoroofs (on air quality, water, biodiversity, energy savings, wildlife habitat, urban heat island effect, quality of life, and the economy) and will investigate successful incentive and policy programs in other jurisdictions and apply these findings to Edmonton's context.
Momentum Walk-In Counselling SocietyBuilding Momentum40,000
Bridge funding for the salaries of the Executive Director and Clinical Director.
Multicultural Family Resources SocietyMFRS Youth Program19,000
To support venue costs and program supplies for youth programs, targeted at immigrant and refugee youth in the McDougall neighbourhood.
NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank AssociationExpansion for Walk-In Freezer35,000
To support the purchase of a walk-in freezer to allow staff to monitor and have access to donated breast milk on a daily basis.
Paralympic Sports AssociationStaff support22,700
To support the hiring of a bookkeeper at 15 hours per week for one year.
Parkland Food Bank SocietySecond Story Warehouse Mezzanine25,600
To make maximum use of a warehouse space by adding a second story mezzanine.
Prince's Charities CanadaYouth Bee Keeping Project37,000
To expand the urban youth Beekeeping Club by running a Senior and a Junior program to strengthen the connection between youth living in urban areas and nature.
Punctuate! Theatre SocietyMinosis Gathers Hope and Bears in Repertory28,500
Punctuate! Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts (AAPA) are mounting two works that will be developed and run in reperatory with the same creative teams. The Indigenous-led multidisciplinary theatre project will support four emerging Indigenous artists and support AAPA in evolving from a presenting company to a producing company.
SAFFRON Centre Ltd.Building Connections Public Education40,000
To hire a second public educator for school presentations regarding consent and personal boundaries as well as facilitating a sports themed program focused on men and boys.
Senior Citizens Opportunity Neighborhood AssociationThrough the Door to Connection40,000
To support a program staff position to provide outreach services and in-house activities that support older, frail seniors to continue living independent lives by connecting them to their peers and their larger community.
Sexual Assault Centre of EdmontonIntegrated Service Expansion and Marketing Campaign55,035
To support the development of a marketing campaign that will develop new ways of accessing sexual assault crisis support, specifically text and web chat.
Somali Canadian Education & Rural Development Organization (SCERDO)Senior Immigrants Social Participation Inclusion26,000
To develop capacity and services to address the needs of immigrant seniors by identifying services that need to support immigrant seniors' independence, including daily living, accessible and affordable transportation, opportunities for recreation and socialization, individual care, and information about programs for seniors.
St. John's InstituteBlood of our Soil20,000
To support Blood of Our Soil, an innovative new theatrical work that will bring together Edmonton's theatre, dance, and Ukrainian cultural communities.
Theatre Alberta SocietyAll In25,000
To bring theatre-specific equity and diversity training to artists and administrators in Edmonton and Northern Alberta, in partnership with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, to incite radical inclusive change in theatre companies across the province.
Tomorrow Foundation for a Sustainable FuturePaths for People Capacity Building40,000
To increase the capacity of Tomorrow Foundation's partner organization, Paths for People, by enabling it to hire a part-time Executive Director and Administrator.
Ukrainian Shumka DancersAncestors & Elders70,000
To support production costs, featuring Shumka Dancers and multidisciplinary Indigenous artists, for a story of the first Ukrainian newcomers to Canada that explores the shared values and respected differences between Ukrainian and First Nations people.
Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble AssociationProfessional Dance Floor11,000
To purchase a professional dance surface for installation in the Muriel Taylor studio at the Ruth Carse Centre for Dance.
Waldorf Education Society of EdmontonSchool Renovations35,735
To support the renovation of portables, including new windows and insulation.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of EdmontonWILDRescue Program37,000
Working with local authorities, community partners and individuals, Wildlife Rehabilitation Society will respond to wildlife in distress by engaging in surveillance, dispatching rescue teams to assess the safety and feasibility of rescues, and informing the public and media of progress on higher profile cases. 
WINGS of Providence SocietyMattress Replacement20,400
To purchase 96 new mattresses and covers for the second stage shelter for women with children who have experienced family violence.
Winnifred Stewart Association for the Mentally HandicappedNew Vehicle Purchase35,000
To purchase a new vehicle to provide transportation for people with developmental disabilities who access our services.
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre Society#writesofpassage Education Program18,000
To help support an Education Coordinator position in an education program for Junior and High school aged youth that brings together teens with professional playwrights and theatre mentors to empower young people to explore their own lives through the power of playwriting.
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative FoundationUpstream, Downstream100,000
A partnership between the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Northern Alberta chapter (CPAWS), and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada (WCS), this project will persuade Albertans, and principally Edmontonians, to share their views with the government on protecting the Bighorn Wildland and its vital headwaters.
Youth Emergency Shelter Society of EdmontonTrauma Therapist77,663
To support a Trauma Therapist position that will support Youth Empowerment and Support Services's clients with referrals and timely access to the assistance of a full-time therapist appropriately trained in their complex needs and the psychological effects of trauma.
YWCA EdmontonStrategic Planning and Implementation78,000
To support a comprehensive strategic planning and organizational renovation process under the guidance of external consultants.

Total amount granted: $2,539,356