Vital Signs Grants

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

Edmonton Community Foundation’s (ECF) Vital Signs® Grants Program 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 are 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. The Vital Signs report on Social Inclusion indicates that only 29% of Albertans feel a sense of belonging to their community, the lowest rate in Canada. As indicated in the report, a sense of belonging brings many benefits, including improved health, safety, employment, volunteerism, etc. The Foundation welcomes requests for initiatives that increase the sense of belonging to community.

Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality.

Intersectionality is defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative. Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include:

  • Events
  • Pilots or prototypes
  • Initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming
  • Organizational or community learning opportunities

The first deadline is January 15, 2018 for initiatives after March 1, 2018. The Foundation will not award funds for expenses incurred before March 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed after each deadline.

Future deadlines include: June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018 and September 15, 2018 for initiatives after November 1, 2018.

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

Apply for a Vital Signs Grant