Fifty-three community groups will benefit from County Council’s approval at the 2021 Interim Budget deliberations to contribute $2,844,728 in grant funding to sport, recreation and cultural organizations and facilities in 2021.

Approximately $1,667,395 will go towards organizations receiving community assistance grants, $599,833 for Major Capital community grants, $492,000 for Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) Agreement capital contributions and $85,500 in Capital Assistance grants.

Grant funding helps support and offset operational costs for non-profit and community organizations that serve County and area residents and are located inside and outside of the County borders including the communities of Beaverlodge, Grande Prairie, Hythe, Sexsmith, and Wembley.

“The organizations that contribute so much to our communities need our support more than ever,” said Reeve Leanne Beaupre. “COVID-19 has significantly impacted these groups and facilities and their ability to generate revenue. These grants are an investment in recreation, social, sport and cultural opportunities to enhance quality of life for citizens, as well as a long-term investment in the health of our region by helping local organizations to continue operating throughout this incredibly challenging time.”

The County’s Capital Assistance Grant Program offers financial support to non-profit organizations that own or operate facilities that provide recreational, sports and cultural opportunities. The Major Capital Grants program helps non-profit organizations who are making improvements to their facilities or building new facilities. The Community Assistance Grant program provides operational funding to non-profit and volunteer groups that promote active, safe and sustainable communities.

Grants allocated in the 2021 preliminary budget include:

Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Agreement Capital contribution recipients are as follows:

  • $250,000 Beaverlodge Fire Hall
  • $175,000 Beaverlodge Arena roof
  • $67,000 Town of Sexsmith annual capital contribution

Major Capital Community Grant ($50,000+) recipients are as follows:

  • $333,333 per year for six years (2018-2023) for the La Glace Regional Recreation Centre, which, since 2014, will bring the County’s total contributions to $3 million
  • $101,500 to the Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park for equipment replacement
  • $100,000 per year for three years (2021-2023) to the Hythe Athletic Association for brine line replacement
  • $65,000 to the Wedgewood Homeowners Association for a sport court

Capital Assistance Grant ($5,000-$50,000) recipients are as follows:

  • $40,000 to the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society for landscaping and sidewalk repairs
  • $10,000 to the Hythe Royal Canadian Legion Branch #93 for new flooring
  • $10,000 to the Sexsmith & District Museum for elevator dust removal and cleaning
  • $10,000 to the Wembley & District Arts, Culture & Historical Society for moving building to site
  • $8,000 to the Valhalla Heritage Society for facility improvements
  • $4,500 to the Hythe Athletic Association for header project
  • $3,000 to the Beaverlodge Area Cultural Society for permanent art storage

Community Assistance Grant recipients include:

 

  • $428,490 to the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society for operations
  • $400,000 to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum for operations
  • $200,000 per year for four years (2019-2022) to STARS for operations
  • $100,000 per year for five years (2020-2024) to STARS  for fleet renewal funding
  • $100,000 per year for 10 years (2020-2029) to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation for Key to Care Campaign/Patient bedside engagement system
  • $75,000 per year for four years (2019-2022) to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie for operations
  • $68,700 per year for four years (2019-2022) to the South Peace Regional Archives for operations
  • $56,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Sports Connection for operations
  • $50,000 per year for five years (2015-2022) to the Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park for energy costs
  • $37,398 to the Grande Prairie Museum for operations
  • $30,000 to the Grande Prairie Volunteer Services Bureau for support and training for nonprofit organizations
  • $20,000 to the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta for the Vital Signs Report
  • $15,000 to the Grade Three Reading University for operations
  • $14,240 to the Kleskun Museum Society for operations
  • $10,000 to the County of Grande Prairie for Recreation Fee Assistance Program
  • $10,000 for Mighty Peace Day (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $9,000 to the Peace Air Shed Zone Association for annual memberships
  • $7,500 to the Community Foundation for the County of Grande Prairie Firefighters for charitable community projects organized by the foundation
  • $6,000 to Agricultural Fairs the County- (six grants @ $1,000 each), Valhalla, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Clairmont, Hythe and Bezanson
  • $6,000 to Kids Sport Grande Prairie for operations
  • $5,000 to the County of Grande Prairie Seasonal Ice Surface Grants Program (five grants at $1,000 each)
  • $4,000 to the Reel Shorts Film Society for the Reel Shorts Film Festival (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $3,300 to the Peace Draft Horse Club for the Northern Spirit Light Show
  • $2,500 to the Big Hearts for Big Kids Charity Fundraiser in support of Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $2,500 to the City of Grande Prairie Pursuit of Excellence Program per year over five years (2016-2021) for a total contribution of $15,000
  • $1,900 to the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association for the STARS Hangar Dance (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $1,500 per year for 10 years (2020-2029) for the Grande Prairie Regional College Awards Program
  • $1,200 to the Grande Prairie Regional EMS Foundation for the Family Golf Classic for Life (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $1,000 to Hospital Foundations - $500 each for Beaverlodge and Hythe
  • $600 to Dry Grad Committees - $200 each for Beaverlodge Regional High School, Sexsmith Secondary High School, and Peace Wapiti Academy (funding based on event proceeding)
  • $567 to the Grande Prairie & District Rural Crime Watch to support the development of a new website

Media Contacts:

Leanne Beaupre                                            

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