Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with the Edmonton Social Planning Council.

Vital Signs Grants turn the knowledge from the previous year’s Vital Signs report into action by providing up to three years of funding to projects addressing issues identified in the report. The focus of Vital Signs Grants will change from year-to-year, to address the findings of the Vital Signs report. Recent reports have focused on youth, Edmonton’s Indigenous community, newcomers and belonging.

ABC Head Start SocietyFamily Connections Project$10,000
To create a summer program for low-income and high-risk families in the Mill Woods area.
Action For Healthy Communities Society of EdmontonEntrepreneurial Support for Newcomers to Build a Poverty-Free Future$40,000
Enhancing, upgrading and expanding their existing 14-week entrepreneurship training program, twice a year for three years, covering all the basic knowledge, skills and other business development support required for starting a new business, or expanding the existing business.
Arabian Muslim AssociationInternational Cookbook$10,000
Seniors will participate in weekly gatherings to contribute and share stories, while youth council will assist with the technical and design aspects of the cookbook.
Bissell CentreEdmonton Inner-City Choir$10,000
To offer weekly facilitated choral music programming.
Boyle Street Services SocietyNorth East Hub Collective Kitchen$10,000
To support an intercultural community kitchen, by bringing diverse community members together to cook and share food.
Hope For Tomorrow's Shade Association CanadaIntercultural Digital Storytelling Project$10,000
To support a four-month pilot project centered on intercultural digital stories about opportunities and resources related to refugee settlement and integration in Canada.
Catholic Social ServicesOutdoor Education Program for Newcomer Youth$7,900
To promote the integration of newcomer youth into Canadian society and build social ties by engaging them in outdoor educational activities in a positive group environment.
Centre for Family Literacy Society of AlbertaBuilding Community Inclusion through Family Literacy$10,000
An initiative, in partnership with the Pride Centre, to provide LGBTQ2S+ families with the opportunity to participate in a family literacy program that teaches parents how to support their children's early oral language development in a safe and secure environment.
Concrete Theatre SocietyActing Our Colours Summer Camps for Newcomers$10,000
To expand a summer camp pilot program to serve refugee and newcomer youth aged 6 to 12 years.
Concrete Theatre SocietyCharacter Building: Teen Plays for Healthy Relationships$24,000
Theatre productions for teens which contrast healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Creating Hope Society of AlbertaConnect the Dots!$40,000
A housing readiness program which connects families in crisis to resources to build skills, better maintain their housing, and keep their family unit together.
Edmonton Immigrant Services Association (EISA)What Have You Heard About Us?$10,000
To support a multi-disciplinary arts installation that explores stereotypes faced by Indigenous and cultural minority communities.
Edmonton John Howard SocietyWalk Beside Me$40,000
Indigenous cultural programming for John Howard Society clients and staff.
Edmonton Men's Health Collective SocietyBelonging: Community Driven Responses to Enhance Accessibility$9,600
To implement a three-step process, using a series of consultation groups, to explore what accessibility looks like to different segments of their community.
Elizabeth Fry Society of EdmontonHousing Supports for Women$40,000
Wrap-around housing supports for Indigenous women who are integrating back into society after incarceration.
Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Centre of EdmontonSafe Spaces Project$23,000
To create safe community spaces for LGBTQ2S+ youth , as well as their families and allies.
Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Centre of EdmontonTwo-Spirit Powwow$10,000
A cultural celebration that works toward the decolonization of gender identity and gender expression.
HIV Network of Edmonton SocietyPositively Belonging$4,500
To shift a sterile, cool board room into a warm, physically and emotionally, accessible space that reflects their commitment to cultural safety.
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human RightsYEG Dignity: Amplifying the Voice of People Living with Disability$10,000
To create four public service announcements and a short film telling the story of intersectionality of people with disabilities living with poverty.
Mile Zero Dance SocietyAlive: An Exploration of Humanity through Poetry, Movement, and Sound$10,000
To showcase the talents and perspectives of people of colour, queer artists, disabled artists, and women through a 50-minute piece of theatre, catalyzed by spoken word poetry and amplified by live music and dance.
Nina Haggerty Centre for the ArtsAccessible Arts Education for Families$10,000
To provide weekly educational arts classes, with professional instruction and quality art supplies.
Norwood Child & Family Resource CentreFamily and Friendship$10,000
To provide families with opportunities to access fun, child focused activities in a safe and welcoming environment.
Red Road Healing SocietyMitakuye Oyasin Memorial 2018$10,000
A Memorial Powwow event celebrating the organically created Longhouse Family Night, that embraces global Indigenous people, and connects diverse families in the community to health, wellness, justice and joy.
Sage Seniors AssociationSage Music$10,000
To offer free Thursday music programming in the form of the Sage Singers choir, the SING! Intercultural choir, and group ukulele classes, all led by a seasoned music instructor.
Society of Northern Alberta Print-ArtistsNuit Blanche Community Arts Initiative$8,500
To run art workshops on a regular basis towards the culmination of a contemporary visual art piece during Nuit Blanche.
Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre SocietySinergia$6,000
A three-day event of public conversations, workshops, and art performances or installations that highlight the intersectionality between people.
Youth Restorative Action ProjectDIY: Drop-In For Youth$8,400
To provide marginalized youth with a safe place to access fun activities and complete art projects with local artists.

Total amount granted: $401,900