As Canadians continue to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, local governments and community partners across the country are adapting their spaces and services to keep residents safe and healthy, support economic recovery, create jobs and build vibrant, resilient communities.
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta and the Red Deer & District Community Foundation announced on Fri. June 4, $506,928 in funding to support 14 projects across Southern Alberta as part of the first round of the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative.
Through the $31-million Canada Healthy Communities Initiative, the Government of Canada, alongside Community Foundations of Canada, is building safer spaces and ensuring a higher quality of life for people across the country, by helping communities adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
Of note, $7,300 was invested to fund the Village of Donalda to support a community garden.
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta (CFSEA) has also awarded $63,466.50 to 13 charities across southeastern Alberta.
Friends of the Youngstown School playground Inclusivity Project will be receiving $2,500; Oyen Childcare Society Day Care will be getting $3,650 and the Oyen and District Historical Society Crossroads Museum will be getting $3,500.
In awarding grants, CFSEA conducts a comprehensive procedure to determine the most crucial community needs from data and evidence-based practice. Grants are then awarded based on potential impact and fund availability.
The next Smart and Caring Community Grant cycle will open to applications in August 2021.