Status of Women Grant Program
The Alberta Government has recently opened a grant application for Non-profits and charitable organizations can get funding for projects that improve the lives of women and girls in Alberta. These grants create opportunities for community groups to pilot an innovative idea or expand successful projects to help Alberta women reach their full potential.
Here at the Alberta Mentoring Partnership we have many partners that serve girls throughout Alberta and see this as a prime opportunity for our partners and other women and girl serving organizations to take advantage of this Grant Program. If you have a program or are wanting to start a girls mentoring program, then we also suggest you check out our Mentoring Girls Toolkit – which includes resources and support to help schools and mentoring organizations create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls ages 9-13. These tools can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges of each community. Please visit the Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit here: mentoringgirls.ca.
Eligible organizations for the Status of Women Grant Program include registered charities, registered not-for-profits and community-based coalitions and networks.
“When women succeed, whole communities and economies succeed. That’s why we are investing in ideas that support Alberta women.” – Stephanie McLean, Minister of Status of Women
“Grants like this enable us to increase the reach of our programs and scale our impact in the community, helping women build confidence using technology and profiling more women as leaders, role-models and mentors in this space.” – Kylie Toh, Founder of Chic Geek, organizer at Geeky Summit
“We believe our communities are strongest when women are full participants in entrepreneurship. We are excited to see this support for organizations that engage and support women in our province.” – Marcela Mandeville, CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
How to Apply
Funding is available through 2 streams: Innovation and Enhancement.
Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with at least one partner on initiatives. One organization will be the primary agent and is responsible for submitting the application and assuming financial responsibility for the funds granted. That organization will be called the “Primary Organization”. The Primary Organization should not be a school or post-secondary institution.
The partnering organization is called the “Collaborative Organization” or if applying for a mentoring project, the “Mentee Organization.”
The Innovation Stream funds organizations to:
- expand their geographic or sector reach
- introduce successful initiatives in other areas of Alberta
- support organizations to mentor developing organizations in a best practice, program or service delivery
Up to $100,000 per organization is available.
The Enhancement Stream funds organizations for:
- special projects that are creative, unique, short-term programs
- staff development
- organizing events, conferences or training
Collaboration with another organization should lead to:
- knowledge-sharing in the community and in the organization
- results that advance gender equality in Alberta
- a connection to Status of Women’s 3 priority areas