Council approved a new Community Investment Grant Program to support local groups at their meeting Monday.
The new policy outlines details of Town funding for projects, events or capital expenditures delivered by local, registered not-for-profit organizations that enhance and enrich the community.
The new process is designed to be equitable, sustainable, transparent and accountable — both for the organizations seeking funding support and for the Town to administer.
Community grants are part of the 2021 operating budget approved by Council in December 2020. The new policy redefines the categories for support:
The RancheHouse Event Centre, Community Events and Culture department will manage the policy and application process as part of their ongoing relationship with community event organizers and community associations. This should also reduce red tape and eliminate document duplication between the application process and event planning.
Groups receiving funding are required to provide financial reporting; the reports will be combined with totals of in-kind support (Town staff time and equipment) for more accurate accounting of the costs of public events. The Town will use the information to explore opportunities to further support a range of innovative programing for community building.
Town staff are finalizing the application process so it’s consistent and easy-to-use. The new process will be advertised once applications open for 2021.
The new policy replaces the former Civic Partnerships, Community Grants and Arts and Culture Endowment Fund.
For more details on the policy and eligibility, please check cochrane.ca/CommunityGrants.