Community Connection and Community Change Grants

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Community Change grants now open!

Community Change grants up to $2,000 are now accepting applications until October 16, 2020!

COVID-19 Community Connection Grant

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for social connection is greater than ever and it requires creativity and innovation to occur within Alberta Health Services guidelines.

Micro grants of up to $200 are intended to increase social connection and a sense of support between residents in Strathcona County.  

Apply before December 31, 2020 (while grant funds remain)

Applications for grant funding are available on a first-come, first-served basis while balancing rural/urban and neighbourhood distribution of support.   

Stay connected while keeping your physical distance.  All approved grant activities will abide by Alberta Health Services and Strathcona County restrictions and guidelines.

Get creative! Suggestions include, but are not limited to:

  • Deliver potted flowers to neighbours who are in need or have minimal social connections.
  • Engage neighbourhood children to create caring and hopeful chalk message.
  • Offer an arts and crafts or "paint night" workshop online and use the grant to help offset supply costs. 
  • Set up a virtual games night with prizes for the winners.

COVID-19 Community Connection grants now include block parties and gatherings that meet current COVID-19 guidelines. Be sure to complete your block party permit

Showcase the great things happening in your neighbourhood. Post a photo or story of the kindness on #SCsocialaction or email your activity to familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca

COVID-19 Community Connection grant application (269.3 KB)

Refer to the  Frequently Asked Questions (213.6 KB) for additional information.

How to apply:

Email your application to familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca 

or by mail to:

Strathcona County Family and Community Services
2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB   T8A 3W7

Community Change Grants NOW OPEN

Residents often know what is needed to enhance the quality of life in their community.

Community Change Grants support innovative, creative projects that bring people together for positive community change, while increasing social connection and inclusion in Strathcona County.  Grants of up to $2,000 are available to supplement resident-led innovative, non-traditional ideas that focus on emerging opportunities in the community.

Strathcona County is entering unchartered territory as the community moves through the pandemic. What can you do to help our community? Ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Sewing non-medical masks for vulnerable residents
  • Enhancing a neighbourhood's safety or character
  • Building and maintaining a community pantry or little library
  • Set up a time share - skills swap

Get creative with positive change to make Strathcona County an even better place to live! 

In its pilot year in 2019, $15,000 was distributed to support 12 new projects in Strathcona County. While working together with others, these grants provided the opportunity for residents to build relationships, gain a greater sense of neighbourhood pride and provide resources to address unique interests and needs.

Examples of Community Change grant projects in 2019 included:

  • mental health training for community youth leaders
  • a garden exchange box
  • inspirational messaging on walkways
  • land-based experiences based on local indigenous teaching practices

Community Change Grant Application (693.4 KB)

Community Change Grant Frequently Asked Questions (164.6 KB)

Apply before October 16, 2020 at 4:30 pm

How to Apply:

Email your application to familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca

or by mail to

Strathcona County Family and Community Services
2001 Sherwood Drive
Sherwood Park, AB  T8A 3W7

For County information related to COVID-19, please check strathcona.ca/covid19 often as information may change frequently following Alberta Health direction. 

 

Family and Community Services
Address:
Second floor, East Wing Community Centre
401 Festival Lane
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5P7
Phone: 780-464-4044
Fax: 780-449-1220
Email: familyandcommunity@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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