Gateway Gazette

Town and Our High River Partner to Launch Community Vitality Fund

HIGH RIVER, AB: The citizen led group ‘Our High River’ is partnering with the Town to launch the Community Vitality Fund (CVF) that is now available to citizens and community groups.

The fund aims to support community improvement projects or events that will help to make the town more attractive or safe, raise the level of community pride, showcase High River as a vital place to visit, live, or invest in, and/or improve the overall quality of life for citizens.

“It is the people of High River who build this community and contribute to the vitality and high quality of life we enjoy here,” says Caitland Asmundson, community support worker for the Town. “This fund will provide an opportunity for citizens who are really passionate about an idea and want to take action to move it forward.”

The Community Vitality Fund is available for project expenses based on equivalent contributions of volunteer labour, other funding sources, and in-kind donations. Matching funds are awarded following an application, review, and approval process.

In order to qualify for funding, applicants must demonstrate that their project will address some of the objectives of the CVF, such as:

  • Increasing the beauty and integrity of neighbourhoods
  • Stimulating communication and interaction between neighbours, citizens and local government
  • Drawing awareness, encouraging visitation, or attracting tourism to High River
  • Encouraging community based arts and culture projects within High River

“Neighbours, citizens, or community groups who are inspired to lead a project from the beginning through to completion in partnership with other community members, groups, or organizations and the Town of High River can apply for awards up to $2,000 in matching funds,” says Asmundson.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis up until December 1, 2016 and must be received two weeks prior to the anticipated start date of the project.  The CVF cannot fund salaries, fundraising events, ongoing operating expenses, or reimburse expenses for existing projects.

The Community Vitality Fund is a partnership of three community funds; The Neighbourhood Matching Fund, Economic Development Fund, and Arts & Culture Vitality Fund

To apply, contact Caitland (403.603.3447) to discuss your project and how to complete the application.  Submit your Community Vitality Fund Application by email to casmundson@highriver.ca or in person by appointment at the Culture Centre, 251 – 9 Avenue S.W.

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