New provincial anti-racism grants now open for applications

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
July 3, 2018 - 11:15am Updated: July 3, 2018 - 11:53pm

CALGARY - As part of government efforts to address racism, Culture and Tourism Minister Ricardo Miranda unveiled details of a new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program on Tuesday, July 3.

Announced as part of Alberta’s Taking Action Against Racism report, the new $2-million Anti-Racism Community Grant Program supports initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on Albertans. 

In a release, the province says the program is open to eligible non-profit organizations, First Nations or Métis Settlements and post-secondary institutions. It’s meant to foster cultural awareness and cross-cultural understanding in communities across the province.

Miranda says one of Alberta’s greatest strengths is its diversity, and their government is committed to making life better for all Albertans by working to combat racism. 

“Across Alberta, many community organizations are doing great work in taking action against racism and we want to help them do more,” he continued. “With the Anti-Racism Community Grant, non-profit organizations can focus on educating, informing and engaging community members to take action against racism in a way that works for their communities.”

The grant will be divided into two streams: a general community stream and a stream directed at supporting anti-racism projects and initiatives that affect Alberta’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

Minister of Indigenous Relations, Richard Feehan, says without understanding, reconciliation is impossible. 

“This funding will help First Nations, Metis Settlements and frontline organizations combat the harmful legacies of racism against Indigenous people in Alberta. As we work together to dismantle fears and misunderstanding, we’re building a better future for everyone in Alberta,” Feehan stated.

Applications for the Anti-Racism Community Grant can be downloaded here, and the first application deadline is Aug. 1.

Eligible community organizations can apply for up to $25,000 in matching funding, and up to $5,000 in non-matching funding may also be available for eligible organizations.

An applicant’s matching funding may be in the form of cash, donated labour, donated materials and services, or a combination.

The next two intake deadlines are on Nov. 1, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019.

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