Funds available for Big Valley organizations

A $275 grant from the Big Valley Community Fund will offset the cost of replacing the Big Valley Oil Kings welcome sign at the arena parking lot entrance.  At the Oct. 22 council meeting, Big Valley councillors decided the sign was a good investment for the community funds.

Block parties encouraged
Big Valley is taking a cue from Stettler by providing a brochure full of information on block parties. The brochure covers what details should be considered for a block party, like whether roads need barricading, or tips for a successful party.

Because block parties are an inclusive community event, they are eligible for a $100 grant from FCSS (Family and Community Support Services).

The condition for eligibility is that 10 or more people must be named on the application to the village. The funds cannot pay for food. The funds can go towards renting a barbecue, purchasing toys for kids or other party amenities.

Speaking of FCSS
The village still has $7000 in FCSS grant funds available for local organizations. According to CAO Michelle White, the funds must be applied for and granted by the end of December. Organizations receiving grants do not have to have the money spent by the end of the year. Funds can be used next year.

The Big Valley Legion applied for and was granted $500 from FCSS funding for the Seniors Pioneer Event.

Long years of service
Daryl Borchuk and Brad Driscoll of Atco Gas dropped in to the council meeting to present council with a painting commemorating 50 years of Atco service to the Village of Big Valley.

According to Borchuk, Atco Gas has a long history of being active partners in communities by contributing to or participating in local events as well as being a service provider.

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