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Community Groups Receive Funding Through FCSS Grants

Three local organizations in Whitecourt have been approved by Town Council for funding this year through the FCSS Grant Program.

The program provides funding to support community groups and is an opportunity to address community and social issues. FCSS mandates that groups must either help people become self-reliant, build resiliency, and become able to function in a positive manner, promote and help people develop positive social relationships, empower people and help them become socially engaged, or support people to remain active participants in their community.

This year, there were a total of seven groups who applied for grant funding and based on eligibility criteria, three were selected to receive funds.

The Royal Canadian Legion asked for and received $540.80 for their “Little Warrior, Prevent It!” program for doing a workshop and training. The Community Lunch Box received $13,575.37 of the $41,747 they initially asked for, to be used for a Volunteer Coordinator/Community Liaison, Recycling Manager/Volunteer Centre Support and the part-time Meaningful Employee Program. The third group to receive funding is the McLeod River Primary Care Network, which received $2.500.00 for their Whitecourt Connections Event.

Mayor Maryann Chichak on the groups that were selected.

The Town has $50,000 budgeted for FCSS grants, and the total amount of funding for these three groups equals $16,616.17.

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Scott Safety Centre Expansion Project Gets Higher Budget Approved, Contract Awarded

Whitecourt Town Council this week heard an update on the Scott Safety Centre expansion project.

Last October, Council entered into a Renovation Contribution Agreement with the Stark Sports Society to share in the cost of constructing a dressing room for the Whitecourt Wolverines.

On Monday, Council heard that Requests for Proposals were sent out for the building construction, and upon coming back, the overall budget for the project is now higher than originally anticipated, from $650,000 to $800,000.

Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the increase and Council’s decision to amend the agreement.

The new budget means both the Town and Stark Sports Society will cost-share the project, contributing $400,000 each. Whitecourt will front the total costs, and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.

Council also awarded the design-build contract to Edmonton-based company Brenex Building Corporation.

Work is expected to start on the arena as soon as possible and be completed in the near future, given the time crunch in place since the Scott Safety Centre is needed for events such as Whitecourt’s Trade Fair over Mothers Day weekend.

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