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Barrier Free Grant funding applications to close next March

The City of Grande Prairie has approved an increase to the city’s Barrier Free Grant funding by an additional $10K, making the current amount available for eligible organizations $20K.

Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton says the expansion of funding will support initiatives from organizations and businesses that would implement barrier-free upgrades for customers such as wheelchair ramps and other accessibility projects.

“I know that council will want to have a discussion once that money is allocated, we’re just optimistic that the increase to $20,000 although could be less overall, it opens the door for larger initiatives in the barrier-free space,” she says.

Alongside the increased cap, council implemented a finite timeframe for funding applications, currently scheduled for March 31st next year.

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“The reason being the policy if it was left as is would have just simply expired when the money was gone,” Mayor Clayton says.

In a recent report to council, city administration noted that between 2021 and 2023, eight of fifteen applicants would have received more than the previous allotted amount of $10K, if the cap was higher.

Interested businesses and property owners can apply by contacting the City of Grande Prairie.

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