The County of Wetaskiwin was recently awarded a FortisAlberta grant through the Community Naturalization Grant Program, which focuses on safety, education and environmental wellness.
Council accepted the information of being one of twelve $3,000 grant recipients during its May 24 meeting.
Geoff Lynch, director of leisure and community services says as the grant in intended for environmental endeavours possible uses of the funds could include trees and green spaces along the Mulhurst Bay boat launch and walking trail.
MSI funds allocations
County council approved funds from the provincially funded Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant to be distributed to six county community groups for capital upgrades and repairs; eight groups applied for a cut of the donations.
The donation submissions total $260, 522.
Buck Lake Senior Citizen Drop-In Centre – $2,572
Falun and District Senior Citizens Club – $3,800
Yeoford Community Centre – $2,756
Winfield and District Agricultural Society – $123,764
Winfield and District Historical Society – $3,865
Lakedell Agricultural Society – $123,765 (With the condition the society is awarded additional funding to cover the total project costs.)
FCSS grant program approvals
A first bout of donations to community organizations through the 2016 Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) grant program was approved by council during its May 24 meeting.
This year a total of $85,940 has been budget for the FCSS grant program
Allocated funds have been broken into several categories with the community organizations classified within them.
Children/Youth Programs – $11,805
Adult/Family Programs – $4,100
Seniors Programs – $2,600
Community Development Programs – $32,134
A second call for requests will be announced by Sept. 21 2016 for the remaining funds.
Zone recreation funding approvals
Each zone recreation committee within the county has met and submitted funding request donations from their budgets for approval.
Council approved the $37,105 Recreation Zone 1 Committee donation budget. The facility capital budget totals $34,246 for five community groups and facility operation grants total $2,859.
Recreation Zone 2 Committee was approved $62,656 for facility operations and $33,650 for programs and events.
Recreation Zone 3 Committee was approved $13,908 for facility operations and $6,522 for programs and events.
Recreation Zone 4 Committee was approved $18,311 for facility operations, $17,811 for programs and events, and $9,775 for facility capital projects.
For the Recreation Zone 5 Committee, council approved $1,000 to the Millet and District Historical Society for 2016 museum programs.