Healthy Communities Grant Program suspended for 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all of us including schools, community groups and community organizations. As we refocus much of our attention on creating remote connections, Alberta Blue Cross has decided to pause the Healthy Communities Grant Program for 2020. Never fear—the Healthy Communities Grant Program will be back and open to applications in June 2021!
Building spaces for Active Living
The Healthy Communities Grant program was created to help Albertans build spaces for active living in their community. Whether it be a skate park, playground, outdoor gym or arena, we’re helping Albertans, young and old get and stay healthy. Since the program began, we have given over 1.6 million dollars and funded 30 worthwhile projects.
What do we fund?
The Healthy Communities Grant program is designed to fund infrastructure projects that foster active living. Eligible projects include but are not limited to
- outdoor adult gyms,
- cycling paths,
- construction or replacement of playgrounds,
- skate parks, and
- outdoor rinks.
Programs must be publicly accessible and free of membership charge.
The Healthy Communities Grant program received over 92 applications in 2019. The grant program wrapped its sixth year by awarding six $50,000 grants to the following projects:
- Edmonton: St. Elizabeth Parent Advisory Board—playground replacement;
- Calgary: Riverbend Elementary School – inclusive playground development;
- Secondary cities: Christina Gordon public school – Fort McMurray – accessible and inclusive playground enhancement;
- Rural communities: Alder Flats Elementary School fundraising society – playground redevelopment;
- Indigenous communities: Enoch Cree Nation – Maskekosihk community playground project; and
- Special merit: Medicine Hat Early Childhood Coalition – natural playground
Who can apply?
Community leagues, school councils, municipalities or other non-profit community groups or organizations with new projects in need of funding are eligible to apply.
Organizations must provide services without regard to race, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
Priority will be given to projects that reflect our Healthy Communities mandate of promoting active living and wellness at a grassroots community level, with an emphasis on children.
To ensure province-wide representation, grants are split annually with one for Edmonton, one for Calgary, one for secondary communities and one for rural communities with a focus on ensuring grants are equitably distributed on a regional basis over the life of the program.
The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding
- religious or sectarian organizations,
- political organizations,
- competitive sports teams or private clubs, and
- contract fundraisers or lobbyists
The application process runs annually from June 1 to August 31.