RDDCF Announces over $167k in Grants to Seven Local Organizations at the Heart of the Gender Equality Movement

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation is proud to announce $167, 538 has been granted locally to support seven organizations at the heart of the women’s movement, whose core activities, leadership, mission, and vision are committed to advancing gender equality.

The Fund for Gender Equality, is a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund which is supported by the Government of Canada. From 2021-2022, 21 community foundations across the country will be granting $3.5M to women and gender-diverse led and serving organizations.

Women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and we believe that as we plan for recovery, it must be a feminist recovery. To create communities of true belonging, we need to advance gender equality across the country. Only 1% of global gender-focused granting goes to women-led organizations. We’re changing that.

By participating in the Fund for Gender Equality, we are joining other participating foundations who are committed to changing philanthropy from the inside out. We, along with our cohort of 21 community foundations working through the Fund, will be prioritizing feminist practices and policies in our organizations. Collectively, we are contributing an additional $3.4M of our capital funds to gender-lens investments.

The successful recipients of the Fund for Gender Equality in Central Alberta, and the funded projects, are as follows:

Broom Tree Foundation Bridges $20,250
Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre Survivor Support Groups $10,445
Olds College One Size Does Not Fit All $16,343
Red Deer Native Friendship Society Awakening the Gift of Two Spirits $40,000
Skipping Stone Scholarship Foundation Community Connections $20,250
Soroptomists International Period Promise $20,250
Ubuntu – Mobilizing Central Alberta Central Alberta 40 Collective $40,000

To learn more about the national Fund, click HERE

Women & Girls Endowment Fund

As part of our commitment to our involvement with the Fund for Gender Equality, RDDCF will be pivoting our existing investments in the Women & Girls Endowment Fund to reflect commitment to gender equality and justice.


Here’s an in-depth look at what work is being done within Central Alberta around gender equality.