Grants designed to women’s equality

Spotlight Staff
The Alberta Status of Women has $500,000 to give away in grant money to support organizations that improve the lives of women and girls.

The grants create opportunities for community groups to pilot an innovative idea or expand successful projects to help Alberta women reach their full potential.

Eligible organizations 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,” says Alberta Minister of Status of Women Stephanie McLean.

Marcela Mandeville, CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, agrees.

“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.”

Projects must focus on at least one of the following:
* helping women secure good jobs and closing the wage gap;
* preventing and responding to violence against women and girls;
* encouraging women to run for elected office or apply for boards and senior leadership roles.

Organizations may apply to:
* organize conferences, trainings and events, up to $50,000;
* build capacity by attending conferences, trainings and events, up to $10,000;
* work on special projects, up to $50,000;
* create mentorship relationships to build capacity, up to $100,000;
* or expand a successful initiative to other parts of Alberta, up to $100,000.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 16.

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