The Red Deer and District Community Foundation will award $86,750 through its Spring Community Grants program to ten different local agencies.
“This cycle, we received almost double the number of applications we usually receive,” said Erin Peden, Executive Director of the RDDCF. “It shows us the huge level of need within the charity sector at the moment. The story we hear over and over again from local agencies is that funding is a struggle, while demand for services and programs remains high.
The scholarship recipients are:
- $10,000 for the Sexual Assault Support Center of Central Alberta for their 24-hour phone, chat and web crisis line
- $5,000 for the Red Deer Public School Foundation’s Passive Solar Greenhouse Project at Normandeau School
- $16,000 for the Golden Circle Senior Resource Center for Circling Our Elders
- $6,000 for the Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta for their customer service computer upgrades
- $6,500 for Olds and District Hospice Society bereavement and NavCARE support
- $15,000 for Red Deer Arts Council The Hub 2.0 Wednesdays at the YMCA
- $8,000 for the Red Deer Community Band Society Waskasoo SeePee Traditional Pow Wow
- $3,250 for Scientists in School STEM Enrichment at Red Deer Unearned Schools
- $10,000 to Shalom Counseling Center of Alberta to make mental wellness affordable
“Going forward, we are working to better support agencies in developing sustainable funding for their organizations,” Peden said. “We are available to any local charities who wish to discuss sustainable funding options.”
The Red Deer & District Community Foundation distributes community grants twice a year, in the spring and fall. Applications for the fall cycle of the Community Grants Program are now open, with an October 3 deadline.