Have you ever wanted to organize a neighbourhood clean-up, or create a free bike exchange program for some local kids, or even build a little free library for your community to share their favourite books? Now you can – by applying for a Vitality Grant!
“The City is offering a grant of up to $500 per project to support ideas from our residents that will help connect and engage their neighbourhoods and communities,” says Danielle Fermin, Manager of Community Support Services with the City. “We believe that the best people to effect change in a community are the ones within it.”
The Vitality Grant application will open as of May 17, and is available to residents and community groups who wish to lead neighbourhood projects, community building projects, festivals or cultural/community events that are inclusive and engage Chestermere residents in active participation.
“We ask that any applicants for this grant first download and fill out your proposed project budget, as proposals will not be accepted without this attached,” adds Fermin. “Then you are welcome to submit your project online using our proposal form.”
Projects will only be funded if applicants can demonstrate an understanding of the key principles of the Vitality Grant program, which include:
- Everyone is invited – Create space for accessibility and inclusion
- Partnerships – Seek out volunteers and local partners or sponsors to help make your project a success; and
- Local leadership – The gifts and talents shared by you and your neighbours are instrumental in making your community a better place.
“We want to support initiatives that will enhance the quality of life for residents,” adds Fermin. “Grants cannot fund salaries, fundraising events, or ongoing operating expenditures.”
Fermin adds that event and festival-based projects will need to coordinate with the City's event guidelines depending on type and size. Please note: for 2021, projects and events must stay within the public health guidelines mandated by local and Provincial public health regulations.
The City of Chestermere’s Community Support Services department facilitates the annual call for project proposals. Grants are reviewed and approved by the Human Services Advisory Board who are made up of appointed, volunteer residents and City Councillors.
The first call for applications will close on June 25, and applicants will be notified about the status of their proposal by July 9. To view more information, including tools, resources and example project ideas, visit our website here.
Applicants are welcome to contact Craig McLeod, Community Development Facilitator, to talk about their ideas and proposal eligibility by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 403-207-7050 Ext.7094.