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Alberta funds $10.6M in community upgrades

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Alberta funds $10.6M in community upgrades

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

The funding comes from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) which provides matching funding to help non-profits utilize other sources of funding to upgrade, redevelop, acquire or build public-use community facilities.

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

“The Community Facility Enhancement Program fosters healthy, vibrant communities across Alberta by working in partnership with non-profits to build and strengthen civil society,” said Ron Orr, minister of culture, in a press release.

Community benefits of the approved projects will include:

  • increasing access to tennis, skiing, skateboarding and biking parks;
  • creating community hubs with wraparound services for newcomer organizations and children support services;
  • supporting various shelters and food banks to expand their space; and
  • supporting arts organizations to find a home.

The province added projects must demonstrate a high level of community impact to the broader 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 the purchase of goods and services;
  • immediate or urgent need in the community;
  • project readiness; and
  • project viability and organizational sustainability.

The projects were approved through the Community Facility Enhancement Program Large and Small grant funding streams. The small grant stream provides up to $125,000 per project, while the large grant stream provides funding of $125,001 to $1 million. Overall, 14 projects received grants through the CFEP Large funding stream, for a total of $6.5 million, while 74 projects received a total of $4.1 million through the CFEP Small stream.

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