Community Investment Program accepting applications for new grant opportunities
Council has approved an amendment to the Community Investment Program (CIP) policy. The CIP will now distribute grant funding through the new Community Impact Grant and Sustaining Grant, while continuing to offer the Games Legacy Grant, Community Capital Grant and Community Plan on Homelessness Grant. Applications are now being accepted for the Community Impact Grant and the Games Legacy Grant.
A public information session regarding the new grants and application process will be held October 17 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the McMurray Experience, located at 9909 Franklin Avenue. The details regarding information sessions in the rural communities will be announced shortly.
Aligned with the 2018 - 2021 RMWB Strategic Plan, changes to the Community Investment Program were made to increase the accessibility to grant funding for community-based non-profit organizations, while bringing more accountability and transparency to the program.
All CIP funding allocations are approved by Council as part of the annual budget process. Council will approve grant program maximum amounts and if needed, the amended CIP policy allows Council to approve grant funding above the maximum grant thresholds.
Community Impact Grant- This grant provides funding to registered non-profit organizations that meet community needs and contribute toward the strategic priorities identified in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 2018 – 2021 Strategic Plan. The Community Impact Grant consists of three grant streams and limits the maximum amount of funding one organization may receive from each stream. Applicants may apply for funding from each of the following grant streams:
- Community Programs and Projects- $100,000 maximum
- Community Events – $20,000 maximum
- New Events – $50,000 maximum, with a declining proportion of funding available for a maximum of three years.
Games Legacy Grant- This grant encourages participation in amateur sport and cultural activities by providing financial assistance to athletes and performers competing or training at a provincial, national or international level. Individual applicants may apply for grant funding up to a maximum of $1,500 and team or group applicants may apply for a maximum of $3,000.
The deadline to apply for the Community Impact Grant and the Games Legacy Grant is November 16, 2018.
More information about the Community Investment Program, including grant applications and guidelines is available at rmwb.ca/cip.