News County to give out $2.7M to community groups in 2020 SHARE ON: Emma Mason, contributor, Thursday, Dec. 19th, 2019 The County administration building in Clairmont, (Erica Fisher, MyGrandePrairieNow.com staff) Fifty-five community groups are getting some help from the County of Grande Prairie next year. Council members approved giving out $2.7 million to sport, recreation and cultural organizations and facilities in 2020. Around $1,599,205 will go towards community assistance grants, $706,583 will go to major capital community grants and $443,109 will be given out through capital assistance grants. The Capital Assistance Grant Program offers financial support to non-profit organizations that own or operate facilities. The Major Capital Grants program helps non-profit organizations who are making improvements to their facilities or building new facilities. The 2020 recipients are listed below: Major Capital Community Grant ($50,000+): • $333,333 over six years for the La Glace Regional Recreation Centre. • $150,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society for renovations to the Lewis Hawkes Pavilion in Evergreen Park. • $113,250 to Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park for equipment replacement. • $60,000 to Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society for capital upgrades to the hay coverall, fencing, paving, mezzanine • $50,000 to the Wembley Agricultural Society to purchase a dehumidifier and divider curtain. Capital Assistance Grant ($5,000-$50,000): • $50,000 to the Clairmont & District Agricultural Society for community hall upgrades. • $50,000 to the Clairmont & Area Seniors Club for drainage remediation around the building. • $45,991 to the Beaverlodge Curling Club for curling rink upgrades. • $40,000 to the Hythe & District Recreational Society for gym floor repairs. • $30,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society to purchase a tractor. • $30,000 to the Rio Grande Sports Association to purchase a heating system, door and fence. • $25,000 to the Whispering Ridge Participarent Society for playground expansion. • $25,000 to the Bezanson School Booster Club for a new playground. • $22,000 to the Hythe Athletic Association to purchase and install dressing room flooring. • $20,805 to the Twilight Club of La Glace for building repairs, new windows, sod, eves, porch and flooring repairs. • $15,000 to the Saskatoon Lake Agricultural Society for roof re-shingling. • $15,000 to the Wembley and District Arts, Culture & Historical Society for a building site project. • $12,500 to the Wapiti Nordic Ski Club for lease expansion. • $10,626 to the South Peace Centennial Museum for a new septic tank. • $10,000 to the Friends of Hythe Community Playground for an early childhood playground. • $9,937 to the Bezanson Agricultural Society for upgrades to LED lighting. • $7,500 to the Beaverlodge Area Cultural Society to install a walking path. • $7,500 to the Grande Spirit Foundation to install a walking path. • $6,250 to the Grande Prairie Disc Golf Club in Evergreen Park to build a disc golf course. • $5,000 to the Red Willow Boys and Girls Camp Society to replace or repair air unit blower, steps and railing. • $5,000 to the Hythe & District Recreational Society to purchase and install new furnaces. Community Assistance Grant recipients include: $414,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society. • $400,000 to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. • $200,000 to STARS for operations per year for four years. • $100,000 to STARS for fleet renewal funding per year for five years. • $100,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation per year for 10 years for Key to Care Campaign/Patient bedside engagement system. • $75,000 to the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie per year for four years. • $66,700 to the South Peace Regional Archives per year for four years. • $56,000 to the Grande Prairie Regional Sports Connection. • $50,000 to the Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park per year for five years for energy costs. • $37,398 to the Grande Prairie Museum. • $15,000 to Grande Prairie Technical Search and Rescue. • $14,240 to the Kleskun Museum Society. • $10,000 to the Grade 3 Reading University. • $10,000 to the County of Grande Prairie for Recreation Fee Assistance Pilot Program. • $9,000 to the Peace Air Shed Zone Association for annual memberships. • $7,500 to the Community Foundation for the County of Grande Prairie Firefighters for charitable community projects organized by the foundation. • $6,000 to Agricultural Fairs the County-(six grants @ $1,000 each), Valhalla, Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Clairmont, Hythe and Bezanson. • $6,000 to Kids Sport Grande Prairie. • $5,000 to the County of Grande Prairie Seasonal Ice Surface Grants Program. • $4,000 to the Reel Shorts Film Society. • $3,300 to the Peace Draft Horse Club for the Northern Spirit Light Show. • $2,500 to the Big Hearts for Big Kids Charity Fundraiser in support of Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society. • $2,500 to the City of Grande Prairie Pursuit of Excellence Program. • $1,700 to the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association for the STARS Hangar Dance. • $1,200 to the Grande Prairie Regional EMS Foundation for the Family Golf Classic for Life. • $1,000 to Hospital Foundations- $500 each for Beaverlodge and Hythe • $600 to Dry Grad Committees- $200 each for Beaverlodge Regional High School, Sexsmith Secondary High School, and Peace Wapiti Academy. • $567 to the Grande Prairie & District Rural Crime Watch to support the development of a new website.