Foundation Directed Initiatives (FDIs) support 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. Most FDIs support action in one of four areas: elimination of poverty, equity, the environment, and/or capacity building for the non-profit sector.


Alberta Ecotrust FoundationEcoCity Grants $100,000
Grants to help transition Edmonton into a sustainable and climate resilient city.
Arts On The AvenueGrowing Operational Capacity $100,000
Support for Arts on the Ave as they expand their operations.
Bent Arrow Traditional Healing SocietyNew in Town $50,000
Staffing costs for a dedicated and comprehensive welcome service to support Aboriginal individuals and families who are new to Edmonton.
Bissell Centre
Community Bridge$75,000
A rapid response intervention program to prevent eviction and homelessness, which works with clients to address the causes of their housing instability.
Bissell Centre
Follow-up Support Worker$60,000
A follow-up Support Worker to help people stay housed after they have experienced homelessness
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyCultural Diversity Focus$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$35,000
A collective impact initiative led by eight organizations in Edmonton, working together to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to employment for people with disabilities.
Creating Hope Society of AlbertaConnect the Dots$100,000
A housing readiness program to support families in crisis with resources and supports to build life skills and keep their families together.
Drayton Valley Community FoundationEnvironmental Activities$120,000
Funding to increase environmental grant-making and matching dollars to build an environmental endowment
Edmonton and Area Land TrustOrganizational Capacity$50,000
Support to grow and leverage community partnerships to support conservation of natural areas in and around Edmonton.
Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary OrganizationsBuilding the Capacity of Edmonton's Non-profit Sector$100,000
Support of ECVO's work to build capacity in the non-profit sector in four key areas; leadership, collaboration & partnerships, collective action initiatives, and governance.
Edmonton Gleaners AssociationBeyond Food $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$40,000
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 $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$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$36,000
A program to help non-profits become more environmentally sustainable.
NorQuest College FoundationElder in Residence$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$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 Teen) to support collective action in the community and to advocate for policy change to improve outcomes for Edmontonians experiencing poverty.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionAll in for Youth$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.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionCommunities United$100,000
A community-driven initiative in five neighbourhoods to move people out of poverty.
United Way of the Alberta Capital RegionEmpower U$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 RegionEPE Secretariat$50,000
Administration costs for an initiative to end poverty in Edmonton within a generation.
University of AlbertaCommunity-University Partnership$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.
Wood Buffalo Community FoundationEnvironmental Grants$50,000
Funding to support environmental granting in the Wood Buffalo area.
YWCA EdmontonPhD Level Counselling Psychologist$75,000
Support of new PhD level counselling psychologist position to address the growing demand for YWCA counselling services.

Total amount granted: $1,766,000