The County of Grande Prairie plans to give a number of non-profit organizations, volunteer groups and sports and recreation facilities a little extra funding boost.

On Monday, the county awarded $181,345 in operating assistance grants along with $730,890 in grants to cover utility expenses.

“The efforts of local non-profit organizations and volunteer groups are critical to ensuring the positive well-being of residents throughout the County,” said Reeve Leanne Beaupre. “Council is committed to supporting the work that these organizations do and is proud to offer grant funding that will contribute to their continued success.”

Operating assistance grant funding is provided to non-profit organizations and volunteer groups that provide recreational or cultural services to their community. Applications are open to community-based volunteer groups, non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools and sports clubs.

A full list of the 2019 recipients is below:
Operating assistance grant money
Beaverlodge–Elmworth-Huallen Recreation Board – $28,271 to nine groups.
Clairmont-Bezanson Recreation Board – $34,403 to 11 groups.
Grande Prairie Recreation Board – $38,200 to 14 groups.
Hythe-Demmitt-Valhalla Recreation Board – $25,328 to 11 groups.
Sexsmith-La Glace-Teepee Creek Recreation Board – $32,462 to 12 groups.
Wembley-Dimsdale-Saskatoon Lake Recreation Board – $22,681 to five groups.

The following locations will receive money for utility expenses:
$376,130 – Beaverlodge Pool
Arenas in Beaverlodge, Clairmont, Hythe, La Glace, Sexsmith and Wembley will each get $42,140.
Curling rinks in Beaverlodge, Bezanson, Hythe, La Glace, Mountview and Sexsmith will each receive $11,260.
Community Halls in Albright, Bezanson, Clairmont, Crystal Creek, Demmitt, Dimsdale, Five Mile, Goodfare, Hinton Trail, Homestead, Lymburn, Rio Grande, Saskatoon Lake, Teepee Creek, Webster and Valhalla will get $4,500 each.