City of Red Deer residents can breathe a little easier knowing that they have access to emergency relief grants during the pandemic. The City of Red Deer has created a one-time grant opportunity to help local arts, culture, heritage, leisure, and sports groups face operational issues due to the epidemic. This grant can be applied to current and backdated expenses between March 10, 2020, and December 31, 2022. The City of Red Deer has created a one-time grant opportunity to help local arts, culture, history, recreation, and sports organizations that have faced and are still facing operational issues due to the epidemic.
Online applications are required. This grant will not accept printed or hand-delivered applications.
What Is this Grant?
The City of Red Deer established the Pandemic Relief and Recovery Fund as a one-time grant opportunity to assist local organizations who have faced and continue to encounter operational issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent, said, “We’re glad to offer financial support to community groups who have struggled to operate over the last two years.” “Our culture and leisure organizations provide valuable, diversified options for Red Deerians to participate in important quality-of-life activities. We want to help them recover so they can continue to support our community.”
The Pandemic Relief and Recovery Fund is accepting applications from Red Deer community groups that are eligible for the Community Culture Development Fund (CCDF) and the Community Recreation Enhancement Grant (CREG) (PRRF).
There is a total of $380,000 available, with a $10,000 cap per applicant. Wages, training fees, restart costs, rent, utilities, insurance, communications costs, equipment, office and program supplies, evaluation costs, and other continuing running requirements are eligible charges.
Applicants must establish a need for operational support funds to be considered.
There is a total of $380,000 available, with a $10,000 cap per applicant. For the year 2022, there will be a one-year term, and one-time grant funds from the City of Red Deer will be fully distributed in 2022.
This grant is only available to groups ordinarily eligible for the Community Culture Development Funding (CCDF) or the Community Recreation Enhancement Grant (CREG).
Operational costs incurred between March 10, 2020, and December 31, 2022, are eligible for funding.
To apply, a registered not-for-profit organization must:
• Contribute to at least one of the seven objectives listed in Section C of the Community Culture Development Fund Grant Application Guide;
• Contribute to at least one of the nine Community Goals listed in the Community Recreation Enhancement Grant Application Guide’s Social Policy Framework.
What Expenses Are Covered by the Grant?
- Salaries and wages for current employees, including administrative, financial, and program workers, as well as the Executive Director
- Honoraria for volunteers
- There are training opportunities for both staff and volunteers, including travel expenses in Alberta.
- Costs for groups that did not operate should be refunded due to the epidemic.
- Subsidized membership/registration participants’ fees
- Rent, utilities, and insurance are all costs that must be considered.
- Expenses for advertising, marketing, and communication
- Program supplies, PPE, and materials required to meet with pandemic regulations
- Office and program supplies
- Evaluation, data collecting, auditing, and reporting
- Other continuing operating requirements defined by the applicant (i.e., overdue accounts)
What Kind of Expenses Are Not Eligible Under this Grant?
Certain kinds of expenses are not covered here:
- Events, performances, festivals, and celebrations, as well as the costs associated with them
- Startup costs for new businesses
- Endowment funds
- Tours, field trips, or tournaments
- Capital or facility improvements
- Land or facility purchase
- Vehicle purchase
- Scholarships, prizes, gratuities, gifts, individual awards, and payments for individual benefit
- Flow-through funds to another organization (i.e., other grants, City fee for service funding, etc.)
- Community organizations with outstanding grant reporting from past City-provided funding
- School Board / Post-Secondary projects
How to Apply?
Applicants must submit a completed application form with signatures, accurate financials for 2020 and 2021, and a 2022 operating budget plan.
To apply, go to www.reddeer.ca/prrf, which is the website for the Pandemic Relief & Recovery Funding Program. Applicants have to register at the portal in case they haven’t yet.
- As part of a competitive procedure, all submissions will be considered collectively. There are no distinct financing categories.
- Regardless of funding availability, the City of Red Deer has the right to fund all, part, or none of the submitted applications. This grant application process may be suspended, interrupted, canceled, or rescheduled by the City of Red Deer.
- To receive funds, successful candidates must sign a financing Letter of Understanding.
- Expected award date- May 2, 2022
Applications will be accepted from eligible organizations until April 8, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Online applications and reporting are required, and this grant will not accept printed or hand-delivered applications.
Applications are judged on how well the applicant displays the following characteristics:
- Vulnerability in the Operation- Identifies pandemic-related contributing variables that have had a detrimental influence on the organization’s capacity to carry out its mandate and day-to-day activities.
- Innovations in Operations- Describe how the organization has dealt with the problems that public health restrictions have posed to program participation and registration (for example, virtual activity or fundraising opportunities, reducing administrative costs, and so on).
- Viability of the Organization- Demonstrates a strategy for operational sustainability, including finance maximization and performance measurement implementation.