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Central Alberta nonprofits receive support through provincial program

Alberta is home to some of the strongest volunteering in Canada, says Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women Tanya Fir. (File photo by Government of Alberta)

A number of nonprofit organizations in Central Alberta are receiving support through the provincial government’s Community Initiatives Program.

On Thursday, the Government of Alberta announced it will provide $9.9 million to 260 nonprofit organizations that help people access social, cultural and recreational opportunities in their communities.

“Alberta is home to some of the strongest volunteering in Canada, and I’m proud Alberta’s government can be your partner in building stronger communities,” said Tanya Fir, minister of arts, culture and status of women.

“Thank you to all of the community and non-profit groups across the province whose work helps empower Albertans, connects them with their neighbours and provides spaces for learning and community.”

The following organizations are operating-based grant recipients:

  • Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre — $60,000
  • Stettler Community Support Centre Society — $50,000
  • Sylvan Lake Community Partners Association — $60,000
  • The Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta in Red Deer — $60,000
  • The Rock Soup Greenhouse and Food Bank in Wetaskiwin — $75,000
  • Turning Point Society of Central Alberta — $75,000
  • Wetaskiwin Society for the Promotion of the English Language and Literacy — $28,560
  • Youth HQ Foundation in Red Deer — $75,000

A number of nonprofit organizations were project-based grants recipients. Project-based funding through the program could be used to support initiatives such as new programming and events, commercial vehicle purchases, website development, technology enhancements and marketing.

These projects must address an immediate community-identified need and demonstrate broad community involvement and impact, the government noted. Local recipients include:

  • Alberta Society of Fiddlers’ Summer Fiddle Music Camp in Alix — $10,000
  • Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association’s Sewing Studio in Red Deer — $69,400
  • École H.J. Cody High School’s LED Media Wall in Sylvan Lake — $36,592
  • Habitat for Humanity Red Deer’s Garden Party — $7,050
  • John Howard Society of Red Deer’s client management system purchase — $12,000
  • Lacombe and District Historical Society’s Michener House Museum re-imagination — $3,653
  • Millet Fish and Game Association’s Youth Archery Program in Wetaskiwin County — $4,000
  • Powwow Tims’ third annual International Powwow and Arts Show in Red Deer — $40,717
  • Red Deer Summer CentreFest Society’s 2023 Centrefest — $39,923
  • Rocky Mountain House and District West Country Family Service Association’s RCMP Musical Ride — $9,818
  • Stettler District Agricultural Society’s Western Legacy Rodeo — $75,000
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Edmonton’s Alternative Suspension Program in Red Deer — $45,500
  • Youth HQ Foundation’s purchase to enhance technology capacity — $15,000.

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