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CFSEA announces Fall Smart & Caring Community Grants

Posted on 30 November 2021 by Prairie Post
Miywasin Friendship Centre receives $10,000 for their Ribbons, Fabric, and Connection to Culture program. This program will offer sewing opportunities to create items such as Ribbon Skirts.

The Community Foundation awards $113,627.50 to 14 charities across Southeastern Alberta. 

Smart and Caring Community Grants support communities across Southeastern Alberta by enhancing belonging of all citizens and strengthening the non-profit and voluntary sectors. Donors choose this fund as a way to allocate their contributions to support the community’s greatest needs. 

“We are so grateful to work alongside the Rural Advisory Committees in Brooks, the County of Forty Mile, and Special Areas 2, 3 & MD of Acadia, to ensure the greatest needs in our communities are being supported. Our funding priorities this grant cycle focused on Mental Health, Work & Economy, and Vulnerable Populations. Thank you to our incredible group of volunteers who make up our Grants Committee,” said Cheryl Pocsik, CFSEA Grants Committee Chair in a statement. 

In awarding grants, CFSEA conducts a comprehensive procedure to determine the most crucial community needs from data and evidence-based practice. Grants are then awarded based on potential impact and fund availability. Each year the Community Foundation hosts a Vital event to help determine the community’s greatest needs which guides their funding priorities. The current priorities, in no particular order, are as follows: Mental Health, Work & Economy and Vulnerable Populations – particularly youth & substance abuse. 

“Our recent Vital Focus highlighted the current grant priorities and the importance of working together to create change. The fall grant recipients demonstrate just that – representing collaborations and fostering connections between diverse groups across the region. Each one of these initiatives shows promising impact for their communities,” added Niki Gray, Acting Executive Director.  

The next Smart and Caring Community Grant cycle will open to applications in February 2022. 

To learn more, connect with CFSEA by calling 403.527.9038 or by visiting https://cfsea.ca/we-give/smart-caring-grants/. 

Fall 2021 Smart & Caring Community Grants 

Organization, Project , Fund(s), Grant Amount 

• The Connection Intercultural Association of Medicine Hat 

Kindness Box 


• Medicine Hat College Foundation 

Mental Health Series – The Beej Project 


• Shortgrass Library System 

Code Red 


• Medicine Hat Family Services 

Computer Upgrade Project 


• Miywasin Friendship Centre 

Ribbons, Fabric, Connection to Culture 


Field of Interest – Roy & Elaine Weideman 


• Bow Island Municipal Library 

Children’s Festival Project 


• Brooks and District Women’s Safe Shelter Society 



Field of Interest – Growing Active 


• Brooks Bombers Baseball Association 

Inflatable Batting Cages 


Field of Interest – Savanna Drilling 


• Empress Friendship Centre 

Outreach and Support 


• Canadian Red Cross Society 

Elimiminating Health Equipment Loan Program Wait Times 


Field of Interest – Environmental Legacy 


• Kerby Centre 

Medicine Hat Tax Clinic for Low Income Seniors 


Field of Interest – Mayors fund 


• Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Medicine Hat 

GoGirls & GameOn Program Expansion 


• CAREERS The Next Generation Foundation 

Connecting SE AB Youth to the Skilled Workforce 


• Cleo’s Karma Canine Rescue 

Washer and Dryer 


Field of Interest – Environmental Legacy 


Total Grants 


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