Changes will be made to Community Organization Capital and Operating Grants in Woodlands County starting next year.
Woodlands County Council this week discussed making revisions to the grant policy, after initially asking for it to be reviewed in December.
The changes will bring the policy more in line with Council’s budgeting direction of reducing 15%.
The Community Organization Capital Grant allocation is based on criteria on the assessed priority of projects, such as public health and safety requirements, accessibility needs, energy efficiency, and a need shown from a completed facility lifecycle plan.
Funding is approved up to a maximum of 50% of the expenses of the capital project, but now it may not total the full 50% as before due to budget reductions.
Mayor John Burrows says they tried to make changes have as little impact as possible on the community groups.
Community groups that receive grants are the Anselmo Recreation and Agricultural Society, the Blue Ridge Community League, Fort Assiniboine Agricultural Society, Fort Assiniboine Curling Club, Fort Assiniboine Friendship Club, Goose Lake Recreation Association, Topland Recreation Society, Whitecourt and District Agricultural Society, and any others approved by Council.