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Posted on: February 1, 2022

Three annual grant funding streams available to support and engage the community

Learn about 3 Annual grant funding streams available through the City!

The City offers grant opportunities throughout the year for social service agencies, community support organizations and local resident initiatives.

Each year the City of Chestermere offers grant opportunities through the Human Services Advisory Board, Chestermere Community Grants and Vitality Grants.
 
“These grants support community organizations, service agencies and residents so they can  develop social programs, facilitate local activities, enhance amenities, strengthen connections in neighbourhoods and promote the social well-being of the residents of Chestermere,” says Danielle Fermin, Manager, Community Support Services with the City.  

Funding applications for these three grant streams open at different times each year, and each grant stream serves a specific need within the community.

Human Services Advisory Board (HSAB) Grants 

Applications for 2023 funding: January 31 – March 30 2022
Funds Available: $173,394

Funding Source: Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and United Way/Chestermere Partnership
Who can Apply: Social Service Agencies and Community-Serving Organizations who are developing programs for the Chestermere Community that specifically help meet the needs identified in the Social Investment Framework
How to apply: To receive a copy of the 2023 Funding Proposal forms please e-mail grants@chestermere.ca  

This grant application has been developed with prevention, early intervention and community development as the foundational program delivery strategies. 

“HSAB funds have been allocated to many different organizations in the past and supported important programs like home visitations, volunteer mentorship, food security programs, financial literacy classes, teen leadership, mental health services and more,” says Fermin.  

The 2023 funding allocation specifies that the HSAB should allocate no more than 35 per cent of available funding for each eligible grant stream per agency. This will help ensure that all community organizations have access to portions of the funding.  

Projects are chosen by the Human Services Advisory Board and funded for a one-year period, from January to December.

For more information about the HSAB grants, and how to apply for funding, visit Chestermere.ca/HSAB.

Chestermere Community Grant Funding Program 

Applications for 2022 funding: April – May 31 2022
Funds Available: Starting at $30,000

Funding Source: Funding is subject to annual budget approval by Chestermere City Council
Who can Apply: Local Community Groups and Community-Serving Organizations and Chestermere residents
How to apply: Visit chestermere.ca/communitygrants to download the Community Grant Information Package and apply for funding

Local organizations who are interested in creating new and innovative community programs or initiatives are invited to submit funding proposals.

“Applications should enhance local amenities in sports and recreation, arts, culture, history and the social well-being of the residents of Chestermere,” adds Fermin.
 
 Project proposals should provide benefit to Chestermere residents and facilitate local activities which engage a broad section of the community.

 In order to be eligible to receive funding projects must:
 - Primarily serve Chestermere residents.
 - Be open to the public and/or allow reasonable public access.
 - Demonstrate the need for financial assistance and demonstrate active fundraising efforts.
 - Not be eligible for funding through other City based grant funding sources.
 - Not be a duplicate of an existing project/program/service/event.

Applications are evaluated by the Community Grant Funding Adjudication Committee and then recommendations will be presented to Council.

Visit chestermere.ca/communitygrants to learn more. 

Vitality Grants

Applications for 2022 funding: June 1 - 30 2022 (a second call for proposals may be issued in late summer/fall if there are funds remaining)
Funds Available: $5,000 in total, $500 per project

Funding Source: Family and Community Support Services
Who can Apply: Chestermere residents and community groups
How to apply: Visit chestermere.ca/vitalitygrants to download and fill out your proposed project budget and submit your project online using our proposal form

Funding is available to residents and community groups who wish to lead neighbourhood projects, community building projects, festivals or cultural/community events that are inclusive and engage Chestermere residents in active participation. 

The goal of the Vitality Grants program is to encourage community building and inclusion and strengthen connections in neighbourhoods. 
 
“We offer a grant of up to $500 to support your idea to help connect and engage residents in their neighbourhood and communities,” adds Fermin. 

Final grants are reviewed and approved by the Human Services Advisory Board who are made up of appointed volunteer residents and City Councillors.

City Council is also looking at ways to increase future community grant funding. 

For additional information including project ideas, visit Chestermere.ca/vitalitygrants.

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