Funding now available to boost community connections: apply today!

March 23, 2018

Funding now available to boost community connections: apply today!

As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to nurture community connections, residents are invited to apply for Community Small Grants funding (up to $750 per application) to host neighbourhood gatherings or projects that promote a sense of belonging and connection. The total grant budget for 2018 is $50,000.

Strathcona County’s Community Small Grants program contributes to the Social Framework outcome of connectedness and inclusion. The grants support County citizens with small but powerful ideas to bring people together and make their neighbourhood vibrant. 

Examples of events include:

  • Block party
  • Neighbourhood games night
  • Cultural potluck
  • Holiday tradition sharing

Last year, 57 Community Small Grants applications were approved with a total of $50,000 invested in increasing community connections. Resident-initiated events included block parties, an open stage to share talents, neighbourhood parades and cultural diversity celebrations. Some results shared by post-grant recipients include neighbours providing pet, house and babysitting services, neighbours assisting with maintenance and tree removal, and children feeling safer while they play. 

Residents are invited to discuss funding ideas with Family and Community Services staff by calling 780-464-4044. Grant applications must meet one or more of the following goals: 1) connect and engage neighbours, 2) share neighbours’ skills and knowledge or 3) respect and celebrate neighbourhood diversity. Neighbourhood gatherings and projects must be free or low cost, accessible and welcoming to all. Events must take place between May 15 and December 31, 2018.

Detailed information and the application form, or phone 780-464-4044 for more information. Application deadline is April 16, 2018.

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% 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