Alberta funds $10.6 million in community improvements

EDMONTON — Alberta is providing $10.6 million to upgrade or build 88 community facilities for public use across the province.

Funding comes from the Community Facilities Enhancement Program (CFEP) which provides matching funding to help non-profit organizations use other sources of funding to upgrade, redevelop, acquire or build community facilities for public use.

Eligible facilities include community halls, parks and playgrounds, natural areas, campgrounds, sports fields, or outdoor swimming pools and skating rinks.

“The Community Facilities Enhancement Program promotes healthy and vibrant communities across Alberta by working in partnership with non-profit organizations to build and strengthen civil society,” said Ron Orr, Minister of Culture, in a press release.

Community benefits from approved projects will include:

  • increase access to tennis, skiing, skateboarding and biking;
  • creating community hubs with holistic services for newcomer organizations and child support services;
  • support various shelters and food banks to expand their space; and
  • help arts organizations find housing.

The province added that projects must demonstrate a high level of community impact on the general public and/or specific demographics.

Projects are also prioritized for funding based on:

  • direct and indirect economic benefits to the community, including job creation and purchase of goods and services;
  • immediate or urgent need in the community;
  • project readiness; and
  • project viability and organizational sustainability.

Projects were approved through the large and small grants funding streams of the Community Facilities Enhancement Program. The small grants stream provides up to $125,000 per project, while the large grants stream provides funding from $125,001 to $1 million. Overall, 14 projects received grants under the major CFEP funding stream, for a total of $6.5 million, while 74 projects received a total of $4.1 million in the framework of the small component of the PCET.

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