The Fort Saskatchewan Rotary Club wants to help fund some community projects.
Community groups are now able to submit applications to receive funding through the club’s community grant program.
“This year, for 2023 and 2024, we are actually going to do two calls this year for rotary grants,” said Terry Stacey, the community grants chairperson for the club. “One will be right now, and the next will be again in the springtime.”
“We’re just launching the fall call for community grants, asking community groups that are looking to fund their projects to make an application and apply for some funding.”
The grant program has been very well received over the past few years. Past grants have helped the community gardens build a new sign, buy bike helmets for evacuees for the Hosting Ukrainians in Fort Saskatchewan group, and helped to fund projects for Grade 4 and 5 students at Southpointe school.
Stacey says the focus of the grants is to help fund projects that have an overwhelming positive impact on the entire community.
“It’s got to be something that’s got benefit for the entire community,” said Stacey. “We’re not looking at funding on-going programs, so the grant is a one-time grant for what they apply for.”
“We are also looking for groups that wouldn’t have normally undertaken their project without getting some funding from us.”
Successful applicants will need to provide a detailed budget for the project they want funding for.
The grants do not have any fixed amount and the total amount of money awarded to each project will vary.
“Each application is looked at for its own merits and we will give out as much money as we feel that we have the ability to do so,” said Stacey. “We’ve given anything for a couple hundred dollars to a group up to a couple thousand, it just depends on what their project is and the funding that they need.”
Applications can be submitted on the Rotary Club’s website here and can be made until the end of the day on October 6.