As a community-minded organization, every decision we make is motivated by the well-being of our communities. We run programs to help Albertans thrive in the communities where they live, work, learn and play. Through these programs, we work to ensure more Albertans can access the supports they need to live well. Because living well goes hand-in-hand with living your best life.
The Community Wellbeing grant program
Our lives are made better by the thousands of volunteers who spend their time creating brighter, thriving communities. We believe these volunteers deserve to be celebrated. That’s why we introduced the Community Wellbeing grant program in 2023 to mark our 75th anniversary. The Community Wellbeing grant program provides 75 awards of $1000 each to volunteers across the province, along with matching donations to the organizations they volunteer with. This program supports the physical, mental and social wellbeing of all Albertans, and celebrates Alberta Blue Cross’s® legacy of giving back to the communities we serve.
Building spaces for active living
In 2013, we recognized that many communities don’t have access to places to live an active lifestyle. Built Together (previously known as the Healthy Communities Grant program), was created to help Albertans build places to be active in their communities. Whether it be a skate park, playground, outdoor gym or sports court, we’re helping Albertans—young and old—get and stay healthy on their own terms.
Removing financial barriers to education
Post-secondary education opens doors to young Albertans to lead better lives. For this reason, we’re committed to easing some of the financial barriers for students in Alberta. Through our scholarship programs, we support students at post-secondary institutions across the province and through our scholarships for Indigenous students, we support recent high school graduates and mature Indigenous students to pursue further education.
COVID Community Roots Program
The pandemic had a devastating impact on communities across the province. To support services in rural and remote communities, we launched our COVID Community Roots Program to provide grants of up to $3,000 for grassroots, community-led initiatives serving vulnerable populations during the pandemic. We partnered with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and Communities ChooseWell to support the social, mental, emotional and physical well-being of communities across Alberta.
Faces of Wellness
Recognizing champions for wellness
The Alberta Blue Cross® Faces of Wellness program began in 2021 with the goal of celebrating Albertans who are champions for wellness in their communities, their workplaces and in their own lives. Each year, the program recognizes individuals working toward healthier lives by highlighting their impacts and stories.