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Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­east­ern Al­berta takes part in new Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive

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Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of South­east­ern Al­berta an­nounced they will work to pro­vide $1,267,320 in fund­ing to trans­form pub­lic spa­ces across South­ern Al­berta in re­sponse to COVID-19.

This fund­ing is part of the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s new $31 mil­lion Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive. This in­vest­ment by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will sup­port com­mu­nity-led or­ga­ni­za­tions in de­vel­op­ing lo­cal, small-scale in­fra­struc­ture projects that re­spond to the im­me­di­ate needs aris­ing from COVID-19, while build­ing towards a more pan­demic-re­silient fu­ture.

Start­ing to­day, or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to ap­ply for fund­ing be­tween $5,000 and $250,000 to lead projects that help cre­ate safe and vi­brant pub­lic spa­ces, im­prove mo­bil­ity op­tions, and pro­vide dig­i­tal so­lu­tions to help their neigh­bour­hoods or com­mu­ni­ties nav­i­gate the pan­demic and look to build back bet­ter in the COVID-19 re­cov­ery. This could in­clude projects that adapt cross­walks and ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port to al­low for safe phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, the cre­ation of com­mu­nity gar­dens, and art in­stal­la­tions, and free wifi in tar­geted pub­lic spa­ces. A va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity-led or­ga­ni­za­tions are el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply, in­clud­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ments, char­i­ties, In­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties, and reg­is­tered non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

CFSEA and the Red Deer & Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion are work­ing along­side Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada, the Cana­dian Ur­ban In­sti­tute and other part­ners to serve com­mu­ni­ties across Canada, in­clud­ing eq­uity-seek­ing groups in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing.

“Pub­lic spa­ces are the glue to our com­mu­ni­ties: they en­able a feel­ing of be­long­ing and of so­cial co­he­sion. They are a big part of what makes com­mu­ni­ties safe, vi­brant and con­nected,” said Sue Ed­wards, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of

CFSEA. “As South­ern Al­berta faces in­creased iso­la­tion due to COVID-19, the Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive will help our com­mu­nity to con­nect safely and will ben­e­fit the men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing of our res­i­dents.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod for the first round of fund­ing closes on March 9 at 5 PST. A sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod for fund­ing will take place start­ing in May 2021.

“Or­ga­ni­za­tions across our coun­try have shown cre­ativ­ity and re­source­ful­ness in im­pro­vis­ing tem­po­rary and longer-last­ing so­lu­tions that en­able peo­ple to con­nect and ac­cess pub­lic spa­ces safely. The Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in South­ern Al­berta to bring peo­ple to­gether in our com­mu­ni­ties both in per­son and dig­i­tally, while re­spect­ing pub­lic health mea­sures,” ex­plained An­drea Dicks, Pres­i­dent, Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tions of Canada.

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