Monday, October 15, 2012

New Grant Program Supports City Partners

The City partners with many not-for-profit organizations like, The Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, EPCOR Centre, and the Talisman Centre to provide Calgarians opportunities for recreation and entertainment through the enjoyment of arts and culture and educational opportunities via heritage and history. 
Recognizing the importance of The City of Calgary’s partners in sustaining complete communities and the increasing financial challenges faced by them, $17.1 million has been allocated from the community investment fund toward the creation of a new Civic Partner Grant Program to assist with maintenance needs and upgrades.

“The City of Calgary’s partners are key contributors to the vibrancy of our community and provide essential services to citizen. They provide recreation and entertainment opportunities throughout the city. As well, they act as economic drivers for the City. The Civic Partner Grant Program monies make sure facilities are strong and sustained for Calgarians to enjoy today and into the future,” said Kurt Hanson, Director with City of Calgary, Recreation.

Six partners received a total of $5.326 million from the Civic Partner Grant Program this year including:

o The Calgary Zoo: $2.186 Million
o Heritage Park: $1.801 Million
o EPCOR Centre: $813,000
o Fort Calgary: $135,000
o Talisman Centre: $131,000

Civic Partner Grant recipients are selected annually according to projects with the greatest need as identified through a rigorous Council-approved prioritization process. The Culture, Recreation and Parks Infrastructure Investment Plan (CPRIIP), informs and supports in the allocation of funding based on criteria such as need, project readiness and availability of matching funds. Civic Partners who hold a lease or licence of occupation with The City of Calgary and have been invited to participate in the CPRIIP process are eligible for grant funding. 

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