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, and newcomers.

OrganizationProgramGrant
Action For Healthy Communities Society of EdmontonEntrepreneurial Support for Newcomers to Build a Poverty-Free Future - Year 140,000
Enhancing, upgrading and expanding an entrepreneurship training program that covers basic knowledge, skills and other business development support required for starting a new business, or expanding an existing business.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietyMale Outreach Support Worker & Club Program Facilitator - Year 328,000
A facilitator position that focuses on male community outreach to recruit more male mentors and volunteers.
Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area SocietySkilled4Success - Year 140,000
Post-secondary readiness and pre-employment programs for youth with workplace expectations, job skills training and career options.
Candora SocietyWoman's Savings Group for Newcomers - Year 140,000
A culturally contextual financial literacy program for low income newcomer women.
Concrete Theatre SocietyCharacter Building: Teen Plays for Healthy Relationships - Year 224,000
To develop, deliver and disseminate four educational plays for teens, that explore healthy relationships and a wide array of relationship issues from different perspectives and viewpoints.
Creating Hope Society of AlbertaConnect the Dots! - Year 240,000
A program that prepares Indigenous individuals for housing readiness through crisis intervention, outreach services, and culturally-relevant follow-up services.
Edmonton John Howard SocietyWalk Beside Me - Year 240,000
To expand existing services to support Indigenous clients experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, homelessness.
Elizabeth Fry Society of EdmontonHousing Supports for Women (HSFW) - Year 240,000
Supports for Indigenous women released after long-term incarceration including housing, outreach, wrap around support and referrals, and hard/soft skill development workshops.
Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Centre of EdmontonSafe Spaces Project - Year 223,000
To strengthen and support the creation of welcoming spaces that foster authenticity, resilience and healthy peer relationships that support LGBTQ in schools and community.
Islamic Family and Social Services AssociationGlobal Stitches - Year 140,000
Improving women's skills in embroidery, giving them the opportunity to sell their products and equipping them with the training to start their own collective or small business.
Niginan Housing VenturesMiyopimatisiwin - Good Life Housing Initiative - Year 240,000
To provide cultural services for Indigenous homeless individuals in northeast Edmonton.
Niginan Housing VenturesIspiciwin (The Journey) - Year 240,000
A program that teaches Indigenous individuals about traditional roles and teachings, explains intergenerational trauma, and teaches coping mechanisms to address anxiety and stress.
Sage Seniors AssociationEmployment Brokering for Newcomer Seniors - Year 140,000
A collaborative project that will provide one-on-one work search and job carving support for newcomer seniors, complemented by cross-cultural education and bridging between newcomer seniors and Employers.
University of AlbertafYrefly in Schools - Year 325,000
fYrefly in Schools utilizes a peer-to-peer educational model to deliver participatory workshops led by experienced facilitators in local junior and senior high schools.

Total amount granted: $500,000