Some local non-profit groups are getting financial help from Strathcona County.

Under the Social Framework Community Grants program, council approved nearly $1.1-million for 2022, so these groups can continue serving the community. 

“Non-profits are integral to a healthy and safe community. This funding helps to leverage and grow the capacity of our social-serving organizations,” said mayor Rod Frank. “These dollars support the well-being of all residents who find themselves in challenging situations. It’s funding that is needed more than ever, as we cope and recover in these pandemic times.”

The grant program offers two funding streams: core funding (over 1-3 years) toward prevention and early intervention supports for social needs, and collaboration funding (over 2-3 years) for cross-sector partnerships to address community-wide social issues.  

An advisory committee decides which groups are approved funding by determining their intention to help the community, whether the group aligns with the social framework policy and the amount they are requesting.

For 2022, the organizations receiving funding are:

  • The altView Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities - $124,000 core funding to support operations, primarily for staffing. 
  • Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area - $80,000 core funding to increase access and reach of mentoring supports to youth and develop more strategic, systemic supports through community partnerships.
    • This organization will also receive $14,934 in collaboration funding to work in partnership with BGC Strathcona County and Heartland Alliance Church to hire a part-time connector to further actions identified in the NextGen youth strategy. 
  • BGC Strathcona County - $90,000 core funding to offset facility costs and part-time staffing positions to run programs for youth aged 12+.
    • BGC Strathcona County will also receive $80,000 in collaboration funding toward a dedicated multi-purpose space known as the CanTeen Youth Hub, working in partnership with AltView, Saffron, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Volunteer Strathcona. 
  • BriarPatch Family Life Education Centre - $10,000 core funding to support space dedicated to grief programs.  
  • Drive Happiness Seniors Association - $12,990 core funding to support their volunteer driver program to take seniors to appointments.  
  • Hope in Strathcona - $54,934 core funding toward peer support workers to help people in post-addiction recovery. 
  • Linking Generations Society of Alberta - $39,934 core funding for intergenerational programs that match junior and senior high school students with seniors in lodges and care centres for social interactions. 
    • By partnering with Volunteer Strathcona Centre, this organization will also receive $11,934 in collaboration funding for their Volunteer Grandparent Program that brings volunteer seniors into elementary school classrooms for social interactions.  
  • Parents Empowering Parents - $50,000 core funding to support staffing costs associated with the Family Recovery program that helps families dealing with the effects of substance abuse in youth and adult children.   
  • Robin Hood Association - $30,000 core funding to support professionals providing a holistic approach to the well-being of individuals with developmental disabilities. 
  • Saffron Centre - $150,000 core funding to fund counselling staff specializing in sexual trauma and offset facility costs. 
  • Strathcona Shelter Society (A Safe Place) - $25,934 core funding to fund a volunteer coordinator for this organization that provides support and services to women and their children fleeing domestic violence. 
  • Strathcona Youth Justice Committee - $25,000 core funding to continue developing new and innovative ways to execute local restorative justice programs with young first-time offenders.  
  • Volunteer Strathcona Centre - $295,000 core funding to strengthen the community through volunteer and effective non-profit social sector support.