Nine local community groups will receive almost $300,000 in funding from the Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF).
The foundation invited charities, social profits, and other community groups to apply for funding in June.
The funds support community projects in vital areas such as mental health, COVID-19 support, and the environment.
WBCF noted a significant increase in funds thanks to Intact Insurance and Brokerlink.
The companies, through Intact Financial Corporation, donated $100,000 to the WBCF’s Rapid Response Fund.
The 2020 grant cycle is the WBCF’s third round of grant funding.
These are the grant recipients and community projects receiving funding this year:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wood Buffalo: Community-focused Mentoring Services
- Habitat for Humanity Wood Buffalo: Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
- St. Aidan’s Society: Senior Outreach and Advocate Program
- Waypoints Community Services Association: Family Violence Outreach – Pandemic Supports
- Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta: Reaching SMART
- KidSport Wood Buffalo: Return to Sport
- McMan Youth Family and Community Services Association: NEAFAN Rural Bus Tickets
- Willow Lake Métis and The Resilience Institute: Stories of Resilience – Bison & Adapting to Climate Change
- Centre of Hope: COH Outreach Mobile Service Unit
Founded in 2017, the WBCF supports social profits in the region.
They provide financial assistance through grant-giving for community projects in health, education, arts and culture, social services, recreation, environment, and emerging needs.