Wednesday , 6 July 2022

City council approves $81K to several community groups

Cold Lake city council agreed to approve a number of community grant applications for a total of $81,000. 

Eight applications were approved through council from the Community Grant Advisory Committee’s spring meeting, while three were deferred to gather more information, and one was denied. 

“Council agreed with what they recommended,” said Mayor Craig Copeland on The Morning After. 

“There’s about eight applications that are gonna move forward…and then about four or five need further information, some missing data, missing information, or the advisory group and Council wasn’t comfortable with what the request was. So we’re not saying no, but I just need to come back and the committee will meet again,” he said. 

The funding includes a $50,000 capital grant to assist the Cold Lake Agricultural Society with the installation of perimeter fencing and gates upgrades, an equipment grant and sponsorship for the Cold Lake Fighter Jets totaling amount of $5500, and a $10,000 platinum sponsorship of the Chamber of Commerce’s Feast at the Beach happening Labour Day weekend. 

Other requests approved were $2,500 for Gold Sponsorship at the RCMP Golf Tournament, $4,000 to assist with the Lemonade Day put on by Community Futures Lakeland to engage young entrepreneurs, $3,000 for the annual Hearts 4 Healthcare Mega Run, a $1000 Starting Line Sponsorship to James Purdy who organized the Skijoring for MS event, $2,000 as the Safety Sponsor for the 8th annual Lakeland Regional RMHC Alberta Golf Classic, and $2,500 to assist with studio floor replacement to The Pirouette School of Dance. 

Cold Lake Minor Hockey Association and Janique Lafond’s application for a Travel Grant, plus Gabrielle Whiskeyjack’s application for a Community Incentive Grant were deferred in order to gather more information. 

The request from the Age Friendly Cold Lake Society was denied at this time because the committee wasn’t comfortable with the nature of what the $5000 was being used for. 

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.