The Red Deer and District Community Foundation will provide $86,750 in grants to local agencies.
Ten different groups will receive funding through the foundation’s spring cycle of community grants program:
- Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre 24 Hour Phone, Chat, and Web Crisis Line – $10,000
- The Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools Passive Solar Greenhouse Project at Normandeau School – $5,000
- Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre Circling Our Elders – $16,000
- The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta Client Care IT Upgrades – $6,000
- Olds & District Hospice Society Hospice Bereavement and NavCARE Support – $6,500
- Red Deer Arts Council The Hub 2.0 Wednesdays at the YMCA – $15,000
- Red Deer Community Band Society Replacement of Specialized Musical Instruments – $8,000
- Red Deer Native Friendship Society Waskasoo SeePee Traditional Pow Wow – $7,000
- Scientists in School Expanding STEM Enrichment to Underserved Schools in Red Deer – $3,250
- Shalom Counselling Centre of Alberta Making Mental Wellness Affordable – $10,000
“This cycle, we received nearly double the number of applications that we typically receive,” said Erin Peden, RDDCF executive director.
“This shows us the enormous level of need within the charitable sector right now. The story that we keep hearing from local agencies is that funding is a struggle, while demand for services and programming remains high.”
Peden said the adjudication committee had a “challenging job” with not only the volume of applications, but the caliber as well.
“The committee reviewed so many worthy applications, but ultimately made decisions based on our mission to strengthen the quality of life in Central Alberta,” Peden said.
The foundation distributes community grants twice annually, in the spring and the fall. Applications for the fall cycle of the Community Grants program are open now, with a deadline of Oct. 3.
“Going forward, we are working towards better supporting agencies in developing sustainable funding for their organizations,” Peden said.
“We are available for any local charities who want to discuss sustainable funding options.”
Community grants are available to any qualified donee in Central Alberta, with no limitations as to areas of focus. In 2021, RDDCF granted over $160,000 to local charities through the Community Grants program.