Initiatives supporting women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals will receive a combined $167,000 in grants from the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.
On Friday, the foundation announced these grants will support seven local agencies, which work towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice.
“We are thrilled to support the seven organizations who are working on the ground to advance gender equality in our community,” said Erin Peden, executive director of the RDDCF.
“Our investment in their work is key to supporting women who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. We can work towards a just recovery by tackling systemic issues like racism, wage inequality and gender-based violence.
“Along with the other 20 participating community foundations, we are committed to lasting systems-change in philanthropy, by writing gender equality into our investment practices and organizational policies. As the year progresses, we look forward to sharing more about this journey.”
The fund is part of a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, funded through the Government of Canada. Red Deer & District Community Foundation is one of 21 local community foundations across Canada that are taking part. In total, these community foundations are granting $3.5 million towards the women’s movement.
The seven grants provided span a variety of purposes, including efforts to pilot new initiatives, to address long-standing community needs or to support “a just recovery” from the COVID-19 crisis, the foundation said.