Community Small Grants

Community Small Grants

About the initiative

The Community Small Grants program is an initiative to encourage residents to engage in neighbourhood projects that promote social activity and community connectedness. This program supports residents that have small but powerful ideas to bring people together to make their neighbourhood vibrant. Recent Community Talk results indicated that 87.5% of residents believe it is important to feel like they belong and are connected to others.

Examples of possible events may include:

  • Neighbourhood celebrations, block parties, festivals
  • Collective kitchen, social enterprise initiatives 
  • Cultural potluck, neighbourhood game night

Family and Community Services would be happy to discuss your ideas with you at 780-464-4044.

Applications for grant funding must meet one of the goals set out in the application form and adhere to the guidelines identified.

Eligibility

Some criteria has changed from last year. Please check out the FAQs to ensure you qualify.

  • Be a resident of Strathcona County.
  • Event must be held in Strathcona County.
  • A minimum of 3 applicants (signatories), not from the same household, are required for each grant application.
  • All projects/events/activities must be low cost to free, accessible, and welcoming to all.
  • Events must take place between May 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018.
  • All projects must adhere to local laws and bylaws with required permits and liability insurance.

Community Small Grants FAQs

  • 1. Once an application has been approved, when do the grant dollars need to be spent?

    Dollars must be spent by December 31, 2018. Original receipts and final report to be submitted within 45 days of completing the event.

  • 2. What is the maximum grant a neighbourhood can apply for?

    $750. The Community Small Grants are intended to offset the cost of neighbourhood events or projects.

  • 3. Are matching dollars required?

    The Community Small Grants are intended to ease the financial barrier of building strong community connections. Although matching dollars are not required, applicants may identify Goods in Kind, volunteer hours, or pot luck items.

  • 4. Can neighbourhoods receive funds from other County sources (i.e. Councillor Priority Funds, SCIP funding, etc) to fund the same event?

    Yes, as long as all sources of funding are identified in the revenue portion of the application.

  • 5. Do unused dollars get returned, or can I keep the dollars for the next neighbourhood gathering?

    Unused dollars from the Community Small Grants must be returned with the project summary and the original receipts. All final grant reports must be reconciled by December 31, 2018.

  • 6. What if the requests for Community Small Grants outnumber the amount of grant dollars available?

    If all identified criteria are met by the applicant, the grant dollars will be disbursed in a fair and equitable manner. At the discretion of the Family and Community Services Advisory Committee, characteristics such as socio economic status of the neighbourhood will be considered for full funding before equally distributing the remaining grant dollars equally among qualified applicants.

  • 7. Can Strathcona County employees apply for Community Small Grants funding?

    Yes. Strathcona County employees (with the exception of Family and Community Services staff and the Advisory Committee) are encouraged to submit a grant application.

  • 8. Can a team/organization apply for Community Small Grants to fund a year end barbecue?

    No. The grants are designed to increase neighbourhood connections. Applicants must be from a designated neighbourhood.

  • 9. Can a Faith group apply for funding?

    Yes. If the faith group is applying for an event designated to be inclusive of a particular neighbourhood catchment area. The event cannot be restricted to the congregation. The Community Small Grants are designed to increase neighbourhood connections, not to support or promote political activities, private interests or religion.

  • 10. Can a community league or hamlet apply to fund a community special event?

    Yes. The Community Small Grants are to help offset the costs of the event or project. The applicant identifies the designated catchment area of their neighbourhood.

  • 11. Can youth apply for Community Small Grants?

    Yes. The application requires a minimum of three applicants, not from the same household, with at least one adult signature responsible for receiving and reporting on the grant dollars.

  • 12. Can agencies or businesses apply for a grant?

    No. The Community Small Grants are designed to increase neighbourhood connections, applicants/participants must be from a designated neighbourhood. Grant funds are not to be used to support or promote private interests or gains.

  • 13. Can a neighbourhood apply for funding if the event has already taken place?

    No. The event must take place between May 15 and December 31, 2018.

  • 14. If I have an outstanding final grant report, can I still apply?

    No. All outstanding grants must be reconciled before an applicant is eligible to apply for another Community Small Grant.

  • 15. Does the event have to be 100% free?

    The Community Small Grants are designed to offset the costs of a neighbourhood gathering. Applicants are encouraged to cost/share the financial expenses, however to ensure inclusiveness, some elements must be free to attend. It is acceptable to charge for certain elements of the event, such as food and face painting. The event should be inclusive so a neighbour could attend at no charge and watch the parade, listen to music, play games, and visit with other neighbours.

  • 16. Can I apply the Community Small Grants to host a fundraising event?

    No. The Community Small Grants cannot be used for fundraising events or to host charity walks or runs. The grants are designed to increase neighbourhood connections, participants must be from a designated neighbourhood.

  • 17. How do I define my neighbourhood?

    Neighbourhood is the general geographic catchment area that you would include in your promotion. In an urban setting you may define it as a few block radius, such as Woodstock Drive, from 32 – 54 Woodstock and 19 – 39 Woodstock. In a rural setting, you may define your neighbourhood as Hamlet of Hastings Lake OR Range Road 205 – Range Road 212, north and south sides.

  • 18. What if I make money at the event?

    You cannot make money while receiving a grant. Plan your event in terms of cost recovery and not as a profit making endeavor. If an overall profit is made from ticket sales, contact Family and Community Services to discuss the return of all or partial grant funds.

  • 19. Can I use the county logo on my invitations, posters or ads

    No. The Community Small Grants are designed to support neighbourhood initiatives that enhance connectedness and inclusion. As Strathcona County is not the organizer of the event, it is not appropriate to feature Strathcona County’s logo on event-related material.

Deadline: April 16, 2018

How to Apply:

  1. Review the FAQs for full eligibility.  Community Small Grants FAQs (457.2 KB)  
  2. Download and fill out the Community Small Grant Application form. Community Small Grants Application
  3. Submit completed application form with signatures to Family and Community Services, 2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, AB  T8A 3W7 or drop off to #200, 501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park, AB.

Last updated: Monday, March 26, 2018
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