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.