Edmonton-Centre Newsletter Winter 2017

I am delighted to share with you the details of the recent work I've been doing in Edmonton-Centre over the past six months since my last newsletter.

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Posted on Dec 21, 2016

Community Initiatives & Community Facility Enhancement Funds

A group of adults and children, including dancers in traditional Ukranian costumes, gather around MLA David Shepherd as he presents a cheque to the Shumka Dance Centre.

Shumka Dance Centre

Recently I enjoyed the opportunity to visit several community groups to present cheques for funding through the Community Initiatives and Community Facility Enhancement Programs administered by Alberta Culture & Tourism including the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton, Catalyst Theatre, Chinese Cultural Promotion Society, Early Music Alberta, Rapid Fire Theatre, and Shumka Dance Centre.

These programs offer funds to registered organizations for initiatives that enhance and enrich communities and to plan, build and maintain facilities that support local needs and communities. More information can be found at http://www.culture.alberta.ca/community/community-grants/http://www.culture.alberta.ca/community/community-grants/.

Also of note, there is a new funding stream available through the Community Initiatives Program – the Alberta Canada 150 Grant. This new stream will provide $2 million to support projects that align with the four themes of the Federal Canada 150 approach which include:
• Diversity, inclusion and the building of common interests and relationships.
• Supporting efforts towards reconciliation of indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians.
• Engaging and inspiring youth to carry forward the legacy of Canada 150.
• Connecting Canadians with nature and raising environmental stewardship to the level of national consciousness.

The stream is open to all registered non-profits and charities, First Nations and Metis Settlements and official post-secondary institutions located in Alberta. Each entity can submit one Alberta Canada 150 project per fiscal year – i.e. – you can apply for both an Alberta Canada 150 grant and another non-capital CIP grant during 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The focus of this stream is to provide funding to small and medium size organizations that have previously not applied or received funding, but organizations that have may also apply. Organizations may apply for funding of up to $25,000 while providing matching funds of only $150. The first intake for applications will end January 15, 2017. The second will end October 15, 2017.

More information about the the Alberta Canada 150 Grant can be found at http://www.culture.alberta.ca/community/community-grants/community-initiatives-program/alberta-canada-150/.