A few local non-profits recently got a hand-up from the provincial government. 

Poverty Awareness Fort Saskatchewan and the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association each received $150,000 through Civil Society Fund (CSF).  

Funds dispersed through the Civil Society Fund will help support organisations that address a number of social issues, such as mental health, homeless and domestic violence. 

“Both the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association, and Poverty Awareness Fort Saskatchewan have been on the frontlines to meet the needs of families and newcomers and have made our neighbourhoods welcoming spaces to Albertans of all backgrounds,” said Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk.  

“I’m proud of their accomplishments, and I’m glad they will be supported as they continue their amazing work.” 

According to the grant recipient list, the CSF will assist Poverty Awareness Fort Saskatchewan with their project, the Fort Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy. The project will bring together community partners to develop a poverty reduction strategy unique to Fort Saskatchewan. 

The Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association will use the CSF to help the community’s recovery by working with partners to provide mental health, well-being and job preparation programs to the city. 

Through the CSF, $20-million is being dispersed over three years to community organisations. The first round of funding took place in Fall 2020.