Funding Opportunities

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Community Support Services administers a variety of grants designed to support High River groups, organizations and residents. Read below for more information on each individual grant.

High River’s council is committed to supporting citizens to take on community led initiatives that contribute to the vitality of the town. The Community Vitality Fund ensures that individuals and groups have financial resources, while also building capacity within local citizens to execute community projects that are a priority for residents. Thriving community led initiatives ensure the prosperous growth, vitality, and sustainability of High River, all thanks to dedicated residents.

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*Effective April 21, 2020, the Government of Alberta will be temporarily suspending applications for the $30 million in emergency social services funding to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response. Government has received over 600 applications. Current applications are being reviewed, and approvals for urgent requests will occur before reopening intake of applications. 

The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families, and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID-19. Of the $30 million, a total of $14 million has been allocated to support communities outside of Calgary and Edmonton.

The 2019 FCSS Community Grant Applications will be accepted from November 1 – 29, 2019.  Application deadline is November 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

Through the funding provided by Government of Alberta, High River’s FCSS is able to provide grants to community organizations each year. Programs must meet the FCSS mandate and eligibility guidelines set by the province.  High River’s FCSS Community Grant budget for 2020 is $50,000.00

To be considered for funding, programs must be social services that are preventative in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families and communities or programs that promote volunteerism. Programs can not duplicate other services, be primarily a recreational service, provide direct support to individuals or provide crisis or rehabilitative services.

Some programs that have received funding from High River FCSS include Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Foothills Regional Victim Services and Foothills Community Immigrant Services

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United Way / High River Partnership

The United Way/High River Partnership supports the healthy community concept of promoting well being through community partnerships, initiatives and action.

The United Way/High River Partnership is one of five partnerships between United Way of Calgary and Area and the municipalities of Chestermere, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, and Strathmore.

The High River Partnership Committee is made up of a minimum of eight local volunteers representing social service providers, community stakeholders and businesses (including the Town appointee). The committee is accountable to the Town of High River and responsible for monitoring community needs, investing in essential local social programs and initiatives, and running a local United Way campaign.

Applications Due by February 15, 2021