Pre­vent­ing vi­o­lence, cre­at­ing healthy com­mu­ni­ties

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden - • Email css.FCSP­grants@ gov.ab.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

The Al­berta gov­ern­ment is tak­ing ac­tion to pre­vent fam­ily vi­o­lence by sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions that ad­dress the causes and cre­ate lo­cal so­lu­tions.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions can now ap­ply for Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Safety Pro­gram grants that sup­port their work to pre­vent fam­ily and sex­ual vi­o­lence, pro­mote healthy re­la­tion­ships and cre­ate in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties.

Suc­cess­ful projects work to con­nect com­mu­nity mem­bers and ex­pand sup­ports for di­verse pop­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity, and In­dige­nous and LGBTQ groups.

“Safe and healthy com­mu­ni­ties are im­por­tant to all Al­ber­tans. These projects will help or­ga­ni­za­tions iden­tify lo­cal needs and cre­ate re­sponses that work best for their com­mu­ni­ties. I have seen the suc­cess of these projects across Al­berta and I am proud to be part of a gov­ern­ment that will con­tinue to sup­port these im­por­tant ini­tia­tives.”

Ir­fan Sabir, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­nity and So­cial Ser­vices The gov­ern­ment has ded­i­cated $5.5 mil­lion to fund the projects. Com­mu­nity-based and non­profit ser­vice providers are el­i­gi­ble for grants of up to $250,000. Since 2015, the gov­ern­ment has in­vested $33.7 mil­lion in 121 com­mu­nity projects across the province. Al­most half of the projects were de­liv­ered by agen­cies in smaller cen­tres or ru­ral and re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

In the Cal­gary re­gion, Punjabi Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vices re­ceived a grant to of­fer in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily coun­selling for hun­dreds of peo­ple in Cal­gary’s South Asian com­mu­nity. The fund­ing was also used to of­fer sup­port groups for men and train­ing for first re­spon­ders.

“With sup­port from the Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Safety Pro­gram, we are strength­en­ing re­siliency by re­duc­ing bar­ri­ers and stigma with re­spect to fam­ily vi­o­lence, ad­dic­tion and men­tal health is­sues. ‘Sa­hara’ means sup­port in many South Asian lan­guages, and we col­lab­o­rate with other agen­cies to sup­port peo­ple so that they do not suf­fer in si­lence.”

Meenu Ah­luwalia, board chair, Punjabi Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vices Cal­gary

Other or­ga­ni­za­tions that have re­ceived sup­port in­clude HIV Com­mu­nity Link and the Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion So­ci­ety of Al­berta. Both used the fund­ing to cre­ate new vi­o­lence preven­tion pro­grams such as out­reach sup­ports for un­der­served pop­u­la­tions and lit­er­acy pro­grams for vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions. Quick facts • Com­mu­nity-based and non-profit ser­vice providers are el­i­gi­ble for FCSP fund­ing.

• Ap­ply by vis­it­ing al­berta. ca/fam­ily-com­mu­nity-safe­typro­gram-grant.

• Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants may re­ceive up to $250,000 for one year.

• Past re­cip­i­ents and those who have never re­ceived fund­ing may ap­ply.

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