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.

Alberta Ecotrust FoundationEcoCity Grants - Year One$100,000
Grants to help transition Edmonton into a sustainable and climate resilient city.
Arts On The AvenueGrowing Operational Capacity - Year One$100,000
Support for Arts on the Ave as they expand their operations.
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing SocietyNew in Town - Year One$50,000
Staffing costs for a dedicated and comprehensive welcome service to support Aboriginal individuals and families who are new to Edmonton.
Bissell CentreFollow-up Support Worker - Year One$60,000
A Follow-up Support Worker to help people stay housed after they have experienced homelessness.
Bissell CentreCommunity Bridge - Year One$100,000
A rapid response intervention program to prevent eviction and homelessness, which works with clients to address the causes of their housing instability.
Boyle Street Services SocietyWinter Warming Bus 2018-2019$100,000
Transportation, basic needs, and referrals for people experiencing poverty and homelessness outside the downtown core during winter.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyCultural Diversity Focus - Year Two$50,000
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.
Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with DisabilitiesPan-Disability Connection - Year Two$50,000
A collective impact initiative led by eight organizations in Edmonton, working together to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
Edmonton and Area Land TrustOrganizational Capacity - Year Two$50,000
To grow and leverage community partnerships to support conservation of natural areas in and around Edmonton.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary OrganizationsMoving to Action - Year Two$50,000
A program to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of Edmonton's Human Services sector.
Edmonton Gleaners AssociationBeyond Food - Year One$50,000
Resources to help people experiencing food insecurity improve their economic outcomes, including employment training, education upgrading, and financial literacy programs.
Edmonton Opera AssociationUnderstudy Program - Year One$50,000
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 Staffing - Year Two$40,000
Social justice research to improve the organization's ability to act as a source of knowledge for social issues in Edmonton.
Multicultural Family Resource SocietySocial Inclusion of Refugees - Year Two$100,000
A program to provide holistic integration services for refugee families, including cultural brokering to bridge newcomer families and key agencies.
Natural Step CanadaNGO Sustainability Champions - Year One$36,000
A program to help non-profits become more environmentally sustainable.
NorQuest College FoundationElder in Residence - Year One$60,000
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 Three$100,000
A collaboration of five agencies (Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle Street Community Services, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, 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.
University of AlbertaCommunity University Partnership - Year Two$50,000
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.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionEPE Secretariat - Year Two$50,000
Administration costs for an initiative to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionEmpower U - Year Two$75,000
A financial literacy program with a matched savings component to assist people in moving out of poverty.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionAll in for Youth - Year Two$100,000
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.

Total amount granted: $1,421,000