Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Local groups recieve grants from the Provincial Government

Community investment grant recipient
Fort McMurray Historical Society ($125,000 - Community Facility Enhancement Program):
The society’s mandate is to preserve and maintain the Wood Buffalo region’s history by encouraging collection and preservation of artifacts, documents, buildings and sites. Grant funding will help renovate the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Building to compliment the RBC Foundation-sponsored educational program, Moving North.

Community investment grants aid Fort McMurray and area youth, recreation and local history projects
The Alberta government is supporting eight community-based projects that will provide services to youth, enhance recreational opportunities for all ages, and help preserve the rich history of the Fort McMurray area.

Funding will be provided through the Government of Alberta’s Community Initiatives Program (CIP) and Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP).

More than $425,000 will be shared by seven organizations:
Fort McMurray Historical Society - $125,000 (CFEP)
Anzac Li’l Lakers Family Resource Centre - $25,000 (CIP) and $73,392 (CIP)
Fort McMurray Public School District No. 2833- $30,997 (CIP)
Wood Buffalo Safe/Healthy Community Network - $9,462 (CIP)
Amateur Radio Club - $26,348 (CIP)
HUB Family Resource Centre - $11,665 (CIP)
MacDonald Island Park Corporation - $125,000 (CFEP)

“The community spirit that we see in Fort McMurray, Anzac and across the Wood Buffalo region generates an energy all its own,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “These nonprofit, volunteer organizations are directing that energy toward the building of safe, healthy and inclusive communities and supporting projects that epitomize the good work of Alberta’s community investment grant programs.”

The Community Initiatives Program provides funds to empower local citizens and community groups to work together in response to local needs. The Community Facility Enhancement Program assists nonprofit organizations throughout the province to plan, upgrade and develop community-use facilities and places to enhance community life and well-being.

“Our nonprofit and volunteer organizations are in the best position to identify and find ways to meet the needs of the community,” said Jeff Johnson, MLA for Athabasca-Redwater. “Investing in these organizations and the work they are doing benefits all Albertans.”

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities, and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Parker Hogan, Communications
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit
Cell: 780-914-2869
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

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