Apply now for funding to boost your community connections!
April 6, 2017
As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to nurture community connection, residents are invited to apply for community small grants funding ($500 - $1,500) towards hosting neighbourhood gatherings/projects that promote a sense of belonging and connection amongst residents.
Recently, nearly 8,000 people provided insight on how we, as a community, are achieving our social goals. Through Community Talk, nearly 88% of survey respondents agreed it is important for people in Strathcona County to feel like they belong and are connected to each other.
When survey respondents were asked how the community can best achieve these goals, a theme of having more community events, including in neighbourhoods, was identified. Strathcona County’s Community Small Grants Program supports County citizens with small, but powerful, ideas to bring people together to make their neighbourhood vibrant.
Examples of possible events may include:
- Canada 150 celebrations
- Block party, neighbourhood games night
- Cultural potluck, holiday tradition sharing
Residents are encouraged to apply for funding. Family and Community Services staff would like to discuss ideas at 780-464-4044. Neighbourhood projects should meet one of the following five goals: connect and engage residents, share residents’ skill and knowledge, respect and celebrate diversity, build sense of ownership and pride and increase opportunities for participation.
Last year, 33 Community Small Grant applications were approved with a total of $34,402 invested in increasing community connections. Resident-initiated events included block parties, neighbourhood meal preparation and an outdoor movie night. Some of the outcomes noted by grant recipients include young children having new friends in the neighbourhood, drivers slowing down in the cul-de-sac, more conversations occurring between neighbours and more of a sense of a “small town” feel.
The application form is available online or by calling 780-464-4044. The application deadline is May 15, 2017. Funding decisions will be made by June 1, 2017.
Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.
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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595