In the face of continuing demand on non-profit organizations, Assiniboine Credit Union introduced some changes to our community grants program this year.
We considered that the best way we could use our grants budget to help marginalized members of our community, create positive solutions to environmental concerns, and develop co-ops and social enterprises was to invest in strengthening community organizations working in these focus areas. Our Sustainable Organization Grants support planning, equipment, professional development and public awareness projects.
Although we were confident there was a need for this type of grant, the level of response was quite a surprise! We received a record number of applications for our spring intake, giving our community grants committee a real challenge to select from so many great projects. We were proud to be able to fund 30 projects that would help community organizations to become more sustainable.
This year Megan Andrews, an ACU employee and member of our community grants committee, was happy to present a cheque to the Elmwood Community Resource Centre (ECRC) so that they could further the work with their community.
The ECRC will use their grant to hold a staff retreat to learn more about Aboriginal culture.
Nina Condo, Executive Director at ECRC, explains that “at ECRC, we work with a highly diverse community with a large percentage of the Aboriginal population as well as newcomers to Canada.”
We feel that it is important to educate our staff and build upon our understanding of the people we serve so that we can provide the best quality of service to them. By holding the retreat at a camp, it will help us build on a connection to the land and understanding the Aboriginal teachings in a much more meaningful setting.”
Assiniboine’s commitment to community investment helps build strong and vibrant communities that are good for people and good for business. The ECRC is one of 30 grants recipients so far this year. You can see a full listing of our spring grant recipients on our website.