Looking back at calendars of events prior to COVID-19, it is obvious that nonprofit societies, both religious and secular, are an important part of life in Slave Lake. These have continued to be important through out COVID, but these groups have had trouble putting on events.
The Alberta government has labeled this group ‘civil societies’ and recently announced new funding.
In the news release, Dr. Joel Christie, the chair of the Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society, says:
“I am pleased Alberta’s government is taking action to support the recovery of civil society. I look forward to continuing to work with government to make recommendations on how to strengthen and grow this vital sector.”
Below are some highlights from the Civil Society Fund page on the government website.
“Civil society includes non-profit and voluntary organizations, registered charities, informal groups or movements pursuing shared interests or values and private-sector organizations and individuals pursuing social good.
“Proposals must demonstrate how the project can support transformational change for their organization or the broader civil society sector.”
There are four priority areas – system infrastructure, civil society research and data, organizational transformation, and financial sustainability and resilience.
This is a one-time fund, with payments up to $1,500,000 per project, but these must be completed in 24 months. The deadline is Jan. 20, 2021.
· Civil society includes Alberta’s non-profit, charitable, voluntary and social enterprise sector.
· Alberta has more than 26,000 non-profit organizations that employ more than 280,000 Albertans.
· The Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society provides independent advice to government on its relationship with civil society organizations to help these organizations address pressing social issues across Alberta.
Encyclopedia Britannica’s section on civil society begins with “civil society, dense network of groups, communities, networks, and ties that stand between the individual and the modern state (government).”