Council approves more than $14,000 in grant funding

Council approved a $1,575 grant to the Synergetic Surge Flyball Team, a local group hosting the Ignite It Up flyball event later this month.

By Staff

Morinville – Seven organizations and local groups will benefit from $14,175 in FCSS and Community Services Grants. Morinville Town Council approved all requests brought before it during its July 13 regular meeting.

Under the FCSS program $2,500 was awarded to both Sturgeon Victim Services and the Morinville Royal Canadian Legion.

Victim Services’ request for money was to assist with staff costs, materials and training for a Family Violence Prevention Program, a 15-week psycho-educational family violence prevention program aimed at women currently living in violent situations or whose lives have been affected by family violence.

The Legion’s $2,500 grant will be used to expand and improve office technology so as to provide veterans with quicker and more efficient communications with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Five local interests were given funding under the Community Services Grant ranging from $1,100 to the maximum $2,500.

The Morinville Curling Club will receive $2,500 to help them continue to develop their Junior Curling Program, an initiative that drew 35 young curlers during the 2009-2010 season, as well as five high school curling teams.

The Morinville District of Girl Guides of Canada received $1,100 to help fund a “100 Years of guiding Strawberry Tea” to be held this fall at the Morinville Legion. The youth group is hoping to create a new adult-based unit made up of former girl guides.

Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation was given $1,500 towards hosting their first “Celebrating Life and Culture” event during Alberta Art Days. Proceeds from the event are earmarked to purchase equipment for the hospital’s emergency department.

The Morinville & District Agricultural Society received $2,500 in funding to help fund their “Annual Tearin’ Up the Turf” bull riding event held in mid-August. Council heard that building the Agriplex building has left the society a little light on funding for the annual rodeo event.

Council also approved a $1,575 grant to the Synergetic Surge Flyball Team, who are hosting Ignite It Up, an international flyball event running July 30 – Aug. 1 at the Ray McDonald Sports Centre. The funding will assist the team with facility and event costs. Flyball is a relay sport for dogs that has been referred to as drag racing for dogs.

Morinville’s 2010 budget for Community Services Grants is $27,500. The budget for FCSS grants is $10,000. There is currently $14,375 and $3,400 left respectively in each of the grant programs’ budgets.

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