Spring 2020 Webinar Series

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is hosting a new webinar series!

COVID-19 is reshaping society as we know it and tools to address homelessness and affordable housing are needed now more than ever. Join us every second Thursday from the comfort of your home for interactive presentations on rural homelessness, affordable housing, and strategies to help you tackle your next grant applications.

Register here today!


The Hidden Reality of Rural Homelessness

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020 @ 11:00 A.M - 12:00 PM MDT

Learn how to understand homelessness and housing instability in rural areas with ARDN's Director of Research and Programs: Scott Travis.

Rural community leaders and service providers are often met with disbelief when raising concerns about homelessness due to the lack of tangible data on this population.

The second edition of ARDN’s Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Rural Homelessness is your key to finding the hidden realities about housing needs and homelessness in your community. The methodology is designed to unravel the complex dimensions between homelessness and housing instability specific to rural areas. Understanding the need will enable groups to advocate for the policies, resources, and funding needed to address rural homelessness.

A Primer on Affordable Housing Development

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020 @ 11:00 A.M - 12:30 PM MDT

Learn the ins-and-outs of building affordable housing in your community with our Director for Community Development: Zain Abedin.

When you start with a grand vision, it's difficult to map out how to get from point A to Z when you're unsure about where you can access the letters let alone piece them together. Join us in this webinar on the federally- funded “Step-By-Step Guide to Developing Affordable Housing” for a roadmap on affordable housing development. Developed in collaboration with housing experts from across Canada, this guide can be easily applied in any community across Canada. In this presentation, you will learn about:

  • Initial project conception
  • Preliminary planning process
  • Potential Funding Venues

Psychology of Aesthetics: cost effective design to improve mental well-being

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 @ 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 p.m. MDT

This webinar will cover ARDN's newest publication: The Psychology of Aesthetics. This free publication outlines how architecture and interior design can impact the well-being of occupants.

Learn about how to improve the mental well-being of residents all through the physical design of their dwelling. Specific to affordable housing, this webinar discusses how minor changes like paint choices and window placement in a physical space will reap major benefits to mental well-being.

Practical Grant Writing: Strategies for efficiency & success

THURSDAY, June 18, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. MDT

Grant writing can be challenging, time-consuming, and intimidating - we get it! Join Lisa Belanger, Director of Operations, to discover how you can streamline your grant writing process, and tackle each step efficiently and successfully.

From first setting eyes on the application, to developing your project concept & proposal, creating an accurate budget, and gathering all the required attachments, ARDN has practical tips to help save you time and equip you for success. Not only have we been applying for grants for the past 10 years, but we’ve also been reviewing applications for funding that we administer, and we want to share our experience and strategies with you.

This information-packed webinar is primarily designed for non-profits & charities with varied levels of grant writing experience. However, the content is certainly applicable to any other type of organization.


Registration for all webinars is available at https://forms.gle/rX2mEB6yPF97dGap7.

For More Information, please contact:

Martin Kreiner