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Alberta government announces $500,000 in grants for organizations that help women

Stephanie McLean, minister of Status of Women, speaks to the media in Edmonton Monday, March 7, 2016.
Stephanie McLean, minister of Status of Women, speaks to the media in Edmonton Monday, March 7, 2016. Wes Rosa, Global News

The Alberta government has committed $500,000 in grants for organizations that “improve the lives of women and girls.”

The Alberta Status of Women department said the grants will allow community groups to create projects or expand on existing ones that help Alberta women reach their full potential.

“When women succeed, whole communities and economies succeed. That’s why we are investing in ideas that support Alberta women.”
Status of Women Minister Stephanie McLean said.

Charities, not-for-profits and community-based coalitions and networks are eligible to receive the grants.

In order to be eligible for the grants, an organization’s project must focus on either helping women secure good jobs and closing the wage gap, prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, or encourage women to run for elected office or apply for boards and senior leadership roles.

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“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,” Alberta Women Entrepreneurs CEO Marcela Mandeville said.

The government will look at distributing the grants to organizations who are looking to organize conferences, training and events, work on special projects, create mentorship relationships and expand a successful initiative to other parts of Alberta

The deadline for submissions is Dec. 16.

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