Culture and Recreation grant deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for a Recreation and Culture grant through the City of Lacombe is approaching.

The deadline to apply for a Recreation and Culture grant through the City of Lacombe is approaching.

Those with an idea on how to enhance the quality of life for Lacombians through recreational or cultural activities are encouraged to apply for the grant.

The City has been allocated $12,500 to distribute to the community towards new programs. Applications must be in by next Monday, Feb. 29th.

The application can be downloaded from the City web site under the Recreation and Culture tab. Information on where to submit the application is available at the same place.

“We are still taking applications,” said Sonya Beauclair, City of Lacombe recreation and culture administrative assistant. “They can apply for doing things on the art side or for recreation.”

The grant is open to businesses, community groups, not-for-profits or individuals within the city.

“Nothing has changed from the year before,”said Sandi Stewart, City of Lacombe recreation and culture manager. “It’s important to know it’s for new initiatives and services that fall under recreation and culture.”

The grant was first introduced in 2014 and was utilized to bring programs like Music in the Park, the FCSS Pass program and the Bill Nielsen Trail Run to fruition.

In its first year, the grant program had $10,000 available, which was then increased to $12,500 the following year and matched this year.

Last year grants were awarded to the Lacombe Cross Country Ski Club and the Canada Day concert among others. Past recipients have included youth groups and dance studios.

Beauclair added that the more aspects of the criteria that the application meets, like programs targeting youth, involving kids during after school hours between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., can be seen as a strength.

Grant application initiatives could also promote things like aging well or inter-generational participation. Application criteria is based on the 2013 Recreation and Culture Master Plan.

As there is no specific amount that each group can be awarded, funds are distributed as needed after applications are reviewed by the Lacombe and District Recreation, Parks and Culture Board. A large variety of programs may be eligible for a grant, so attendees are encouraged to check with Beauclair to see if their idea or initiative fits the program.

For more information, contact Beauclair at 403-782-1267.