Foundation Directed Initiatives (FDIs) support both new and ongoing high priority charitable projects in our community by offering one to three year funding to selected agencies. Each of the organizations has a reputation of exemplary program delivery and is addressing a critical issue area. FDI funding ensures they can focus on the work at hand while avoiding the cycle of annual grant applications.

Agencies cannot apply for FDI funding; FDIs are chosen through a process internal to the Foundation and complement ECF’s Community Grants Program.

OrganizationProgramGrants
ABC Head Start SocietyOpening Doors -- Year 350,000
Additional spaces in headstart programming for children from low-income families which reduces waitlists, better prepares these children for success in school, and provides family supports to help address other barriers to success for both the children and their families.
Aboriginal Peoples Television NetworkAboriginal Day Live50,000
Support of local programming and events to mark National Aboriginal Day during Canada's sesquecentennial.
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing SocietyNew in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service - Yr 350,000
Staffing costs for a dedicated and comprehensive welcome service to support Aboriginal individuals and families who are new to Edmonton.
Bissell CentreCommunity Bridge - Year 2125,000
A rapid response intervention program to prevent eviction and homelessness, which works with clients to address the causes of their housing instability.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyCultural Diversity Focus - Year One50,000
Discretionary funding to support the organization's wide range of mentoring and other programs, with a particular focus on responding to the needs of growing immigrant populations.
Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton RegionHoarding - Year 325,000
In collaboration with Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE), this collective response to hoarding behaviour provides integrated services that include increased access to treatment, expanded support groups, public education, training, and centralized intake.
Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with DisabilitiesPan-Disability Connection - Year One65,000
A collective impact initiative led by eight organizations in Edmonton, working together to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities.
Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in AlbertaCapacity Building -- Year 330,000
In collaboration with the City of Edmonton, funding supports a Programming Coordinator to build the strength and capacity of the Africa Centre and to expand programming around the city.
Edmonton Arts Council SocietyNew Pathways in the Arts - Yr 325,000
An adaptive planning and prototyping process for Edmonton arts organizations, to enhance financial sustainability and community engagement and to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary OrganizationsGovernance and Leadership Development - Year 350,000
Governance and leadership development activities for non-profit and charitable organizations in the Edmonton area.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary OrganizationsMoving to Action - Year One50,000
A program to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of Edmonton's Human Services sector.
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers SocietySupporting All Newcomers - Year Two30,000
A collaboration with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, this program builds Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society's capacity to help newcomers to Edmonton establish homes.
Edmonton Opera AssociationUnderstudy Program -- Year 350,000
Development of an understudy program for the principal roles in each Edmonton Opera production, reducing risk and providing rich artistic development opportunities.
Edmonton Social Planning CouncilResearch Support Staffing40,000
Social justice research to improve the organization's ability to act as a source of knowledge for social issues in Edmonton.
Edmonton Symphony SocietyYONA-Sistema Pilot Project -- Year 350,000
A program that helps children in underserved communities grow socially and cognitively by giving them the chance to participate in a musical ensemble.
Multicultural Family Resources SocietySocial Inclusion of Refugees - Year One100,000
A program to provide holistic integration services for refugee families, including cultural brokering to bridge newcomer families and key agencies.
NorQuest College FoundationAboriginal Elder in Residence - Yr 325,000
Cultural program costs to enhance the College's Aboriginal Learner Strategy to increase student enrolment, retention, and employment.
Norwood Child & Family Resource CentreC5 Collaborative Development - Year 2100,000
A collaboration of five agencies (Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle Street Community Services, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomes, Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre and Terra Centre for Pregnant and Parenting Teens) to support collective action in the community and to advocate for policy change to improve outcomes for Edmontonians experiencing poverty.
Pro Coro Society - EdmontonGeneral Manager - Yr 350,000
Support of a General Manager position to act as a succession plan for the volunteer Executive Director and to increase the capacity of the organization to build new relationships with potential supporters.
Royal Alexandra Hospital FoundationInner City Health and Wellness Program - Year 350,000
A clinical care and research initiative created to address gaps in care for inner-city patients who are at a high risk of repeatedly accessing emergency rooms due to a combination of living in poverty, mental health issues, unstable housing, and struggling with addictions.
Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE)Hoarding - Year 325,000
In collaboration with Canadian Mental Health Association Edmonton Region, this collective response to hoarding behaviour provides integrated services that include increased access to treatment, expanded support groups, public education, training, and centralized intake.
Synod of the Diocese of EdmontonInterfaith Housing Initiative - Year 330,000
Supports the activities of the Capital Region Interfaith Initiative on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in their work engaging the faith community to break down stereotypes about homelessness and encourage a “Yes in My Backyard” (YIMBY) response to affordable
housing. Engages allies in opening up communities to supporting an end to homelessness.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionCommunities United - Year 1100,000
A community-driven initiative in five neighbourhoods to move families out of poverty.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionEndPoverty Edmonton Secretariat - Year 150,000
Administration costs for an initiative to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionEmpower U - Year One75,000
A financial literacy program with a matched savings componant to assist people in moving out of poverty.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionAll in for Youth - Year One100,000
A collaborative effort by school boards and key community partner agencies to align their approaches for low income children by addressing learning environments, policy development, advocacy, nutrition, and support services.
University of AlbertaCommunity-University Partnership - Year 150,000
A collaboration between the University of Alberta and community organizations to improve the development of children, youth, families, and communities through the creation and mobilization of research.
YWCA EdmontonCounselling Psychologist75,000
Support of a new PhD level counselling psychologist position to address the growing demand for YWCA counselling services.

Total amount granted: $1,570,000