Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

 

Community Business Beautification Grant

The Community Business Beautification Grant was established to offer local businesses and organizations additional financial support to make permanent landscaping enhancements.  Preference will be given to applications that beautify the landscape of the property.

  • To assist local businesses and organizations (churches, non-profit societies and community groups) to contribute to the beautification of Whitecourt.

  • To enhance the quality of life and well-being for the residents of Whitecourt by increasing the aesthetic appeal of streets and neighbourhoods.

  • To assist businesses or organizations to make permanent upgrades to their property.

Application for the 2019 funding year are now being accepted.  The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Community Clean Up Program

Pick up trash for cash!

The Town of Whitecourt offers non-profit organizations funding for performing refuse pick up duties within the community incouding highway ditches, and boulevards.  The refuse pick up schedule typically runs from April to the end of October (weather permitting) and the opportunity s advertised annually.  To qualify for the program, groups must provide a written request to the Town outlining how the funds will be used, confirming dates that the group would be available to perform the work, and providing an address and phone number for the group contact person.

Groups must provide:

  • a minimum of 12 volunteers, with at least one adult for every two non-adults; and 

  • must contribute a minimum of 100 person hours of clean up work to receive payment of $1,000 per group.

Smaller groups are encouraged to partner to complete the 100 volunteers hours and split the $1,000 payment!

There are still spots available for the 2019 program.  If your group would like to participate, please contact the Whitecourt Infrastructure Department at 780-778-2705 for details.

Community Crosswalk Grant Program

The Community Crosswalk Grant program provides funding to local schools to establish or enhance a Crosswalk Program.  Safety is a priority for the Town of Whitecourt, and this program will enhance our children's safety at community crosswalks.

Applications to the program are due June 30 annually for the following school year.

Enhancement Grant

The Whitecourt Enhancement Grant was established to offer recreation, art and culture organizations and groups additional assistance for the enhancement of programs, services, special events, specialized equipment or facilities that are not normally funded through their annual budget.  

The application deadline for the 2019 funding year has passed.  Please watch for advertisements in early 2020 for funding opportunities in that budget year.  

The objectives of the grant are:

  • To provide funding to local recreation, arts & culture organizations for the enhancement of programs, services, special events, specialized equipment or facilities that are not normally funded through their annual budget.

  • To enhance recreation opportunities and the well-being of the residents of Whitecourt and Woodlands County.

  • To enhance sport, recreation, arts and cultural development.

  • To promote and encourage volunteerism and community spirit by enhancing the work of local volunteer organizations.

  • To provide a funding source for recreation, art and culture programs, services, events, facilities or equipment that is not eligible for funding from other municipal, provincial or federal sources.

Family Community Support Services (FCSS) Grant

The Town of Whitecourt FCSS Grant Program provides assistance to community organizations that plan to provide social programs that are preventive in nature to the community. For more information please contact the Community Services Department at 780-778-6300.

Applications for the 2020 program year will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Friday, November 29, 2019.

Applications can be submitted to the following address:

Town of Whitecourt - Community Services Department
Attn: FCSS Program Coordinator
Allan & Jean Millar Centre
Box 509, 58 Sunset Boulevard
Whitecourt  AB  T7S 1N6

To be eligible for consideration, projects must meet one or more of the following FCSS mandates:

  • Help people become self-reliant, build resiliency, and become able to function in a positive manner.
  • Promote and help people develop positive social relationships.
  • Help people become socially engaged and contribute to their community.
  • Support people to remain active participants in their community.
  • Empower people to address social issues and influence change.

To be considered for this grant program a representative from the group or organization is require to attend the FCSS Grant Workshop.  

Thursday, November 7
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Allan & Jean Millar Centre, Boardroom

Investing In Our Community

Investing In Our Community is a new capital funding program developed by the Town of Whitecourt to enhance partnerships with local non-profit organizations. The proposed program will provide interest free loans to non-profit organizations to assist in leveraging their resources for community capital investments that benefit the community.  Applications to this program are accepted year-round.

Seniors Grant Assistance

Are you having difficulty filling out seniors benefit forms?The Family Community Support Services Department assists seniors to complete senior benefit applications. Please call 780-778-6300 to make an appointment.

Tourism Enhancement Grant

The Tourism Enhancement Grant Program offers financial assistance to local community groups for projects or events that enhance tourism development in the Whitecourt area. 

Applications will be accepted for the 2020 funding year in early 2020.  Please watch our website, Facebook page, and local media outlets for details.  

Tourism Product Development Grant Program

Have you thought about organizing mountain bike tours through the region?  Or have you ever thought that offering jet boat tours would be an interesting job for you?  You could be eligible for up to $2,500 to assist with start up costs, such as advertising or capital investments. Whitecourt Woodlands Tourism is accepting applications to the Tourism Product Development Grant Program to help support the development of tourism based products and services.  All applications must include a letter of interest or business plan detailing the project, noting the sustainability and potential growth of the business, as well as a description of what the funds will be used for.  

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 program.

Completed applications must be submitted prior to 4:30 p.m. on February 28, 2019 to the Committee care of the Town of Whitecourt:

Whitecourt Woodlands Tourism
c/o Town of Whitecourt
Re: 2019 Tourism Product Development Program
Box 509, 5004 52 Avenue
Whitecourt  AB  T7S 1N6

Vitalization Grant Program

The Vitalization Grant Program was established to offer local businesses and organizations additional financial support to enhance the exterior appearance of their business or property. Applicants could receive up to $10,000 to enhance the exterior appearance of their business/property to match the newly adopted architectural wood/stone theme.  The wood/stone theme was adopted in the Whitecourt Vitalization Plan which acts as a guide for our community over the next several years to revitalize downtown and beautify the Highway 43 corridor.  The program's objectives are to:

  • Assist businesses or organizations to make permanent upgrades to their buildings that meet the architectural wood/stone theme of the Town of Whitecourt Vitalization Plan.

  • Enhance the quality of life and well-being of the residents of Whitecourt by increasing the aesthetic appeal of the Highway 43 corridor and downtown core.

  • To enhance the pride and profile of the Town of Whitecourt for both residents and visitors alike.

A second call for applications for the 2019 program year is now underway!  Submit your application before August 1, 2019.

Whitecourt Downtown Business Incubator Program

Whitecourt developed a business incubator program to enhance and encourage partnership with local entrepreneurs who are in the final stages of business development and prepared to move to a store front location.

The Whitecourt Downtown Business Incubator Program offers business training services and subsidized leasing costs for new and unique businesses that enhance downtown development, create jobs, and stimulate foot traffic in Whitecourt’s downtown core.

Congratulations to Studio 83 and Amazing Gifts for successfully receiving funding under this program.