With these grants, we empower our non-profit partners to build a vibrant and healthy community and deliver programs and services that benefit all central Albertans.
We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) in Central Alberta.
Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested an additional $363,720.00 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:
$75,000 to the Red Deer Native Friendship Society for their project: Mental Health & Wellness – taking care of our spirits
$24,247 to The Lending Cupboard for preparations to reopen to the public
$20,960 to Habitat for Humanity Red Deer Region for Mortgage Relief for Habitat Families
$10,000 to Book Clubs for Inmates to support book clubs in federal prisons
$1,500 to Crohn’s & Colitis Canada for Community Outreach and Support
$21,530 to Starlight Children’s Foundation for Play from home packs
$22,708 to Mountain Rose Women’s Shelter Supporting families fleeing violence during COVID19 and beyond
$29,600 to Red Deer College for Subsidized Outdoor Summer Sports Camps for Youth
$17,695 to CA Sexual Assault Support Centre for Virtual Sexual Violence Counselling Services
$35,027 to Stettler Community Support Centre for Crisis Aid Program
$53,200 to Bethany Care Foundation for Safe outdoor visits for Residents and Families
$40,000 to the Mustard Seed for Satellite Food Bank program
$11,800 to Olds & District Hospice Society for NavCARE – Navigating, Connecting, Accessing, Resourcing, Engaging
Our community foundation has granted the full funding available to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting applications. Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19.
We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community.
In Spring of 2018, Bethany Care Foundation received a $1500 grant through the Red Deer & District Community Foundation’s Smart and Caring Communities Fund. This grant was used to help them purchase sensory therapy materials which has allowed them to rejuvenate their sensory therapy programming. These sensory materials had several objectives:
a. To provide seniors and adults with disabilities more way to communicate with their friends, family members and caregivers;
b. To proved the with opportunities to feel in control and successful;
c. To provide them with more diverse opportunities for social interaction;
d. To provide an opportunity to foster understanding, empathy, and friendship between residents in care and individuals outside of the care community; and
e. To provide more opportunities for community engagement between Bethany Collegeside and the greater Red Deer Community.
The success of the Sensory Therapy program at Bethany Collegeside has now encouraged other Bethany Care locations to adopt the same therapies. Since beginning this in other locations, residents and therapists have found it engaging and beneficial in increasing movement, engagements and a sense of meaningful activity.
Catholic Social Services was granted $7200.00 from the Red Deer & District Community Foundation’s Smart and Caring Communities Fund. This money went towards CSS being able to equip four of their group homes for adults with automated external defibrillator’s (AED’s). The inhabitants of these group homes have various disabilities, medical conditions or other health issues that place them more at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. With the placement of these devices, the staff who are already trained in Emergency First Aid/CPR, were also trained in how to properly and effectively use the AED in the event of a cardiac arrest.
The mission of the Olds & District Hospice Society is to provide quality, compassionate care in a home-like setting for those facing death by offering physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and educational support to individuals, their families and community at the end of life and during bereavement.
When cure is no longer an option, the Olds &District Hospice Society provides special care in a comfortable home-like setting where life can be respected and celebrated up to death. They offer a place where friends and family are supported.
They are a volunteer based organization and work closely with local agencies such as Home Care, AHS, local churches and service groups. Clients are encouraged to have input in their care and their end of life journey.
In the Fall of 2018, the Red Deer & District Community Foundation was able to grant the Olds & District Hospice Society $6000.00 through our Smart & Caring Community Fund, that went towards the operational expenses of two hospice suites. These suites are offered to their clients free of charge.
The community has been enriched with a caring and cared for social network through the Olds and District Hospice Society that remains connected by responding with love, support and caring together. Individuals who need this service, are enabled to stay in the community where they are a valued resource.
To date, the Olds & District Hospice Society has supported 240 families, almost 40 of which utilized the suites.
On January 22, 2019, over 100 students and community members discussed mental health portrayals in the media and the impact of stigma, then watched three short films from the Art with Impact library. Each of these short films were followed by small and large group discussions. Themes that arose out of these discussions included: the impact of cultural stigmas on young people reaching out for help, how strong audio and visual elements of a short film can help portray the experience of anxiety, as well as some reasons why people may not seek support for their mental illness.
Attendees also discussed actions they could take after watching and engaging with films, such as to be mindful of language and speech awareness that mental health is okay to talk about. Attendees then heard from two Red Deer College students who spoke about their own experiences with a mental illness, followed by a chemistry professor at RDC who shared her journey about navigating her mental health a post secondary and advocating for student health. They also heard from an on-campus counselor as well as someone from the Suicide Information and Education Services.
Through this project, the attendees were given increased awareness of the complexities of mental illness and were shown the importance of reducing internalized stigmas related to mental health.
In the Fall of 2018, the Red Deer & District Community Foundation was able to grant $2500.00 from our Smart & Caring Community Fund towards this worthwhile project.