On Thursday, the Alberta government announced that they are investing in organizations that support the prevention of family violence that address the causes and focus on creating local solutions to the problem.
Minister of Community and Social Services, Irfan Sabir said that local organizations can now apply for Family and Community Safety Program grants if their work is focused on preventing family and sexual violence, create inclusive communities and promote healthy relationships.
Minister Sabir announced FCSP’s latest recipient of the grant is the Punjabi Community Health Services.
Minister Sabir added that “as government it is our priority is to make sure we address violence head on.”
This initiative will include support for a multitude of diverse populations, including the disability community, LGBTQ groups and the Indigenous population.
The government says it has committed to providing 5.5 million dollars to fund these projects.
In order to be eligible for a grant under the FCSP, the organization must be community-based, and non-profit.
Those eligible will receive up to a maximum of $250, 000 in grants.
The Punjabi Community Health Services received the grant to offer individual and family counselling for Calgary’s South Asian community.