Funding available for non-profit social distancing events

Plus other COVID supports

Leader staff

Slave Lake and area has a long history of nonprofit events. This year, many had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, but they are starting to happen once again with health precautions.

On August 13, the Alberta government announced that there is funding available for nonprofits to put on events which align with health protocols.

As of August 13, nonprofits can once again apply for the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grants, says an Alberta government media release. The grant program “aims to foster healthy and vibrant communities across Alberta. Funding will focus on events, festivals, programs and projects delivered in innovative and creative ways that align with public health measures.”

The deadline for nonprofits to apply is September 15, says the release. In May, the program was paused “to help struggling front-line charities and nonprofits maintain their core operations and provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Starting in mid-March most events in Slave Lake and the surrounding area were cancelled or switched to being online. However, now some events are happening.

Many churches are meeting in person. The second weekend in August there was a drive-thru barbecue to raise money for a woman with cancer.

Last weekend, Victims Services and Northern Haven Support Society held fundraising events, as did a local business, Whitecap Chevrolet.

From August 16 to August 22, the Loon River First Nation is holding its annual Treaty Days Celebration.

Next weekend, a motor bike and classic car poker rally will descend on Slave Lake to raise money. The Slave Lake Tourism Society is putting on a drive in concert, and the Slave Lake Snow and Mud Association is organizing a family OHV ride.

Stage North, which puts on live concerts in Slave Lake, has a survey going around to help them make decisions about the fall and winter. The Rotary Club of Slave Lake and Slave Lake Childcare Association will be holding a fun run on September 12.

While not all of these events are put on by nonprofits, it does show that events are starting to once again be part of everyday life in Slave Lake.

“Our nonprofit and community organizations deliver programs and services that enhance the quality of life of Albertans,” says Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. “At the height of the pandemic, we focused grant funding on front-line organizations providing critical services to Albertans, but now we can focus again on projects that improve and enrich our communities. We are thrilled to relaunch the Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant to support Alberta’s non-profits in their important work to rebuild social connections in our communities and support Alberta’s economic recovery.”

Ken Goosen, producer and CFO of GlobalFest, says, “this funding program has helped GlobalFest launch a number of community-based, innovative projects over the years. We are thrilled that Alberta’s government has reintroduced this invaluable funding opportunity to support organizations throughout our province.”

Programs, projects and equipment are also eligible.

Adrian Newman, CEO of Edmonton Soccer Association Facilities says, “as a non-profit organization operating sport facilities in the City of Edmonton, we have always valued the Community Initiatives Project-Based grant program. With relaunch, we could apply to the program for funds to acquire disinfectant machines to improve safety conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic at all of our indoor facilities, along with computer upgrades to handle a new reservation system.”

The media release says of the 26,000 non-profit organizations in Alberta, community grants provide funding for about 800.

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