Sturgeon County steps up to support non-profits
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Sturgeon County steps up to support non-profits

Council commits an extra $89,400 for 28 local organizations

Sturgeon County steps up to support non-profits

Council commits an extra $89,400 for 28 local organizations

On February 23, 2021, Sturgeon County Council approved providing a one-time grant to 28 different local non-profit organizations. Altogether, an extra $89,400 will be allocated to support the work of Sturgeon County’s 17 community associations, nine seniors’ associations, and two arenas. The one-time grant will be in addition to the funds received as part of the 2021 Community Organization Operating and Capital Grant funding program.

“These organizations and their members are the very fabric of Sturgeon County,” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alana Hnatiw. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made traditional fundraising next to impossible and has pushed many non-profits to the brink. We are fortunate to be in a position that we can support our volunteers and their continued activities during such difficult times.”

Sturgeon County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) has worked closely with the local non-profit groups since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As early as March 2020, all community organizations were contacted to determine how they were coping with changes as a result of the pandemic. Most of the groups responded that COVID-19 had a significant impact on their operations financially and all reported an impact on their operations in other manners such as their ability to attract volunteers and their day-to-day connections. Respondents also indicated a loss of revenue against fixed payments for operating expenses such as utilities and insurance.

To address this developing issue, at the February 23, 2021 meeting, Sturgeon County Council agreed to establish a one-time operational grant for non-profit organizations in Sturgeon County that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A list of organizations and suggested amounts was presented by County Administration for Council’s review and approval.

The one-time grant will see each recognized seniors’ association receive an additional $600, recognized community associations an additional $2,000, and an extra $25,000 for Sturgeon County’s two arenas to help cover cost of utilities and insurance resulting from the severe loss of rental income.

“These are unusual times, and we have all felt the impact and stress,” said Mayor Hnatiw. “We need to make sure these organizations survive to continue to provide their supports well after the pandemic is over.”

 

Media inquiries

Lucas Warren
Communications Manager
P:780-499-1752 or E: lwarren@sturgeoncounty.ca

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