The Red Deer & District Community Foundation (RDDCF) is pleased to announce it is committing $77,315 to local charitable programming through their Community Grants program.

“We received an overwhelming number of applications covering wide-ranging areas of focus this fall. This demonstrates immediate need across the board in the charitable sector,” Erin Peden, Executive Director of RDDCF said.

In response to grant applications, RDDCF is distributing $40,000 in grants to programs in the area of health and wellness (including mental health), $26,815 to inclusion initiatives, and $10,500 to support children, youth, and families.

“With the volume of applications, we were forced to pay special attention to reoccurring demands as they pertain to the current needs in Central Alberta,” Peden said. “Our mission as a foundation is to strengthen the quality of life in Red Deer and the surrounding area. In order to align with this mission, we awarded grants this year with an eye to increasing accessibility for all community members, and creating positive impact for the health and well-being of Central Alberta citizens.”

Recipients of the fall grants are as follows:

  • Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre Fee Assistance Program – $4,000.00
  • Cosmos Community Disability Services Foundation Karma Cafe Program Enhancement – $15,000.00
  • Hope 4 MVC Kids Society Family Supports for Children with Medical Needs – $4,000.00
  • Family Services of Central Alberta Rainbows Program – $2,500.00
  • Red Deer Action Group Society Subsidy Ride Program – $2,000
  • Red Deer Food Bank Society Accessibility Modifications – $9,815.00
  • Red Deer Regional Health Foundation Vital Monitor Campaign – $20,000
  • The Mustard Seed Red Deer Wellness Program – $20,000.00

According to Peden, all registered charities are welcome to apply for funding as there are no limitations as to what areas the grant can support.

“We encourage local charitable organizations that require sustainable funding to connect with us at the Foundation to discuss options that may be available to their agency,” Peden said.

The Red Deer & District Community Foundation distributes Community Grants twice annually, in the spring and the fall. In 2021, RDDCF granted over $160,00 to local charities through the Community Grants program.