African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC) and four other organizations are the recipients of the Anti-racism Community Safety Funding (ARCSF).
The City of Edmonton recognized the recipients of the Anti-racism Community Safety Funding (ARCSF) Program at an event hosted at the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council office.
The ARCSF Program was launched in the fall of 2022 with one-time funding of $1.174 million. It was designed to support local initiatives and activities that promote anti-racism approaches to community safety within four areas: community justice, mental health, employment, and social participation.
Requests for funding were considered for projects and initiatives ranging in scope from $150,000 to $250,000 (to differentiate from the City’s existing $300,000 per year Anti-Racism Grant Program, which awards grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000). There were 55 applications received for the Anti-Racism Community Safety Fund, totalling $10.6 million in requested funding.
“The Anti-racism Community Safety Funding Program shows us what is possible when we think about safety as an ecosystem,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Mayor of Edmonton. “Safety can look like empowering communities to address hate, racism, and gender-based violence, and to create their own solutions. These five recipient organizations have imagined what a more welcoming, healthy, and inclusive Edmonton can look like and I am proud that the City of Edmonton can support them in working towards that goal.”
The following five organizations were selected to receive funding: