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Community Beautification Grant

The Community Beautification Grant encourages community groups and non-profit organizations to submit applications for projects that aim to beautify the region.

Program Objectives

The objective of the Community Beautification Grant is to:

  • Provide grant funding to support projects that beautify neighbourhoods and public spaces.
  • Assist with planning, organizing and implementing projects or activities on public property that involve building, repairing, landscaping, painting, planting, litter cleanup and/or creating seasonal displays.

Application Process

The Community Beautification Grant is advertised on the municipal website in April, with an application deadline of April 29, 2017.

Applicants may apply for grant funding up to a maximum of $5,000. Applications should include a detailed outline of budgeted costs, such as supplies and contracted services.

Recommendations are forwarded to the Community Services Committee for approval. Once applications are approved, recipients are notified about the grant amount and conditions of accepting the funding.

Eligibility Guidelines

The organization applying for grant funding must:

  • Be registered as a non-profit organization or be a community group in partnership with a registered non-profit organization.
  • Aim to beautify property located within the Municipality.
  • Not have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted operating reserve cash.

Ineligible Expenses

The following are not eligible:

  • Organizations that receive a Community Operating Grant from the Municipality.
  • Organizations that have outstanding reports for any previous grants received from the Municipality’s Community Investment Program.
  • Applications that have more than one year’s worth of unrestricted operating reserve cash.
  • Support for ongoing programs or services.
  • Operating expenses that are not directly related to the project for which the grant was awarded.
  • Land, building or other capital purchases.
  • Expenditures or financial commitments made before the organization's grant application was submitted.

Anything deemed not to be in the best interest of the Municipality will be considered ineligible.

Approved Uses of Grant Funds

Primary consideration for grant approval is based on the goals and objectives of the organization, as well as alignment with the purpose of the Community Beautification Grant.

This includes projects that:

  • Are environmental and sustainable initiatives
  • Have a positive impact on the community
  • Are publicly accessible and highly visible (projects on private property require written authorization from the property owner)
  • Have an identifiable return on investment for the community
  • Provide opportunities and/or a maintenance plan for future expansion

Examples may include, but are not limited to:

  • Murals
  • Community gardens
  • Seasonal displays

Evaluation Criteria for Assessment and Approval of Application for Funds

Category Weight
Purpose and goals of the project 10%
Environmental and sustainable initiatives 10%
Project maintenance and expansion opportunities 10%
Safety considerations 10%
Completion of application 10%
Achievable project plan (timeline, budget, volunteers, etc.) 25%
Level of public visibility, access and community impact 25%
Total 100%

Reporting Requirements

A reporting template will be provided upon grant approval and includes:

  • Performance measurements
  • Examples of how the organization publicly recognized the Community Investment Program.
  • Record of volunteer involvement.
  • During and after photos of the project

Recipients are required to submit an accountability report within 60 days of the end of the term.

Recipients are required to submit an accountability report to the Community Investment Program Administrator within 60 days of the project’s completion. A report template will be provided.

Key Dates and Timelines

Application deadlines:

  • Call for applications – April 3, 2017
  • Application deadline – April 29, 2017
  • Grant distribution – July 31, 2017

Recipients are required to complete their project within one year of receiving grant funding.

General Conditions

A condition of accepting funding is that the Municipality has the authority to examine successful recipients’ records at any time to ensure that grant funds are being used in the manner originally agreed upon. Any funds not used for the project as described in the agreement may have to be returned.

The Municipality, in conjunction with the Community Services Committee, reserves the right to allocate CIP funding in such a manner as deemed to be in the best interest of the Municipality.

Contact

Community and Protective Services Department
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo 9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
780-743-7940
CIP@rmwb.ca

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