EDMONTON – More than $10 million dollars in provincial grants will go towards 294 non-profit community programs across Alberta.
The projects include facility upgrades and construction, playground development and support for the delivery of social, cultural and recreational programs.
The Alberta government will provide $6 million in Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) grants and $4.5 million in Community Initiative Program (CIP) grants.
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“This investment in the work of community-based organizations will help ensure that Alberta’s youth, families and the most vulnerable in our communities continue to have access to important programs and services,” Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism said.
Budget 2015-2016 allots $38 million in CFEP funding with an additional $24.6 million for CIP. Thursday’s announcement fulfils the second quarter obligations for this grant money. A total of $22.5 million has so far been allocated from this funding.
“Projects to upgrade and develop new community-use facilities and programs also help to support local business and create new job opportunities.”
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Among the recipients is Belgravia Community League in Edmonton, which will receive $70,000 in CIP funding. It will support the expansion and enhancement of the BCL Community Centre. The centre is home to several programs, including out-of-school care, youth clubs, as well as adult and seniors activities.
Seventy-five thousand dollars of CIP funding has been earmarked for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta in Calgary. The grant will go towards support for the SunMaker program at Camp Kindle. SunMaker helps children affected by cancer and their siblings adjust to a cancer diagnosis and deal with the impact of treatment.
A full listing of grant recipients is available online.
Through the CFEP, eligible non-profit organizations can apply for matching grants to support facility enhancement and development projects.
The CIP offers operating and programming funding. It also provides support for international emergency relief efforts and Alberta-based organizations involved in humanitarian efforts in developing countries.