The Alberta Blue Cross is accepting applications for its Built Together healthy communities grant program to help Albertans build spaces for active living in their community.
Recipients receive a one-time $50,000 grant to fund an infrastructure project in their community. Since 2013, the grant program has funded 33 initiatives and contributed more than $1.6 million to projects across Alberta.
What do they fund?
- The program is designed to fund infrastructure projects that promote active living. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to,
- outdoor adult gyms,
- cycling paths,
- construction or replacement of playgrounds,
- skate parks, and
- outdoor rinks.
- Programs must be publicly accessible and free of membership charge.
- Community leagues, school councils, municipalities and other non-profit community groups or organizations with new projects in need of funding are eligible to apply. Organizations must provide services without regard to race, religion, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
- Priority will be given to projects that reflect their Built Together mandate to promote active living and wellness at a grassroots community level, with an emphasis on children.
- They’re focused on ensuring grants are equitably distributed on a regional basis over the life of the program. To ensure province-wide representation, the four grants awarded will be split by region (one in a rural community, one in an Indigenous community and two split between Calgary, Edmonton and a secondary city).
The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding:
- religious or sectarian organizations,
- political organizations,
- competitive sports teams or private clubs, and
- contract fundraisers or lobbyists.
For more information, visit https://ab.bluecross.ca/aboutus/built-together.php