Vital Signs Grants

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Vital Signs® Grants is an annual initiative that supports projects and programs that address the needs identified in ECF’s Vital Signs® Report.

The Vital Signs® Report is a yearly check-up conducted by ECF that measures how our community is doing on specific topics compared to national averages. Vital Signs® is part of a national initiative of participating community foundations, and you can learn more about it here.

Vital Signs® Grants is ECF’s way of going beyond simply identifying needs in the community. ECF offers grants for projects and programs that seek to address the issues identified in this year’s Vital Signs® Report. This year, we looked at Social Inclusion for newcomers, or people who have arrived in Canada, whether as an immigrant or refugee, in the past five years.

The 2016 Vital Signs® Grant program will focus on:

  • Funding to support programs which will improve economic outcomes of newcomers, whether through English language programs, mentorship programs, programs which help newcomers have foreign credentials recognized, or other means.
  • Priority will be given to programs which have significant input by newcomers in program development and/or to programs focused on those newcomers who are most at risk for poverty, including women.
  • Priority may be given to proposals which:
    • Are creative, new, and/or enhancements or expansions of existing work with demonstrated success;
    • Are evidence-based and/or are based on a reasonable needs assessment;
    • Have a clear plan for evaluation and measurement of outcomes; and
    • Include collaborations with appropriate organizations.

Charities working in the Edmonton area can apply for grants of up to $40,000 per year for three years for projects that meet the criteria. An organization that is not a registered charity wishing to apply for a Vital Signs® Grant may establish a written partnership with a registered charity. The registered Charity would apply for funds from ECF on the non-registered organization’s behalf. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) states that the relationship between the registered Charity and the non-charitable organization must be formalized and documented before a grant can be awarded. Click here to visit the CRA website for more information.

Applying for a Vital Signs® Grant is a two-stage process. It begins with an online application:

  • You will need to click here and register an account to apply online.
  • Enter in a username, e-mail address, and password (twice for confirmation).
  • Once you sign up, the system will automatically send an e-mail to activate your account. If it’s not in your inbox, check your junk or spam folder.
  • Follow the link provided in the e-mail to update your account.
  • Log in and select the appropriate application (Vital Signs 2017).
  • Applicants must submit their application through ECF’s online portal no later than February 3, 2017.

If you’ve already registered:

  • Log in with your username and password and select the appropriate application (Vital Signs 2017).
  • If you’ve forgotten your password, please e-mail to help reset your password.
  • Applicants must submit their application though ECF’s online portal no later than February 3, 2017.

For more information about Vital Signs® Grants, contact ECF’s Grants Team at or by phone at 780-426-0015.

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