Grants & Scholarships

Community Grants

Sturgeon County recognizes that volunteer community associations are vital to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Each year Sturgeon County Council allocates funding to support community non-profit, volunteer service agencies and organizations. Financial assistance is available to help build capital projects and fund day-to-day facility operations.

Currently accepting applications

Family & Community Support Services Grant

This grant is used to finance capital projects and community improvements. This grant is open to:

  • Any registered non-profit organization that provides services to Sturgeon County residents that fall within the definition of preventative social services as outlined in the Provincial FCSS Act and Regulation.
  • Non-profit volunteer service agencies and organizations that support locally driven preventative social initiatives that enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Other community grant programs

Community Association Operating Grant

The application deadline is February 5, 2024. Eligible groups have been emailed applications. Completed applications can be sent to

This grant is open to recognized Sturgeon County Community Associations and Senior Associations to support their operating costs and annual program expenses. Operating costs are the expenses associated with the day-to-day operations of a facility.

Community Capital Enhancement Grant

The application deadline is February 5, 2024. Eligible groups have been emailed applications. Completed applications can be sent to

This grant is open to recognized Community Associations and provides funding for capital projects and community improvements that benefit all Sturgeon County residents. Capital costs are expenses related to construction, building improvements or new acquisitions.


Dale MacMillan Memorial Scholarship for Community Leadership

The Dale MacMillan Memorial Scholarship for Community Leadership recognizes and commemorates the contributions of Dale MacMillan, who was instrumental in helping achieve a balance between residents and gravel extraction operations in the Calahoo and Villeneuve areas. Two $2,000 awards are available annually for Sturgeon County residents enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution.

Applications are now closed for 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered, you must have a  current Sturgeon County address, but may be living temporarily outside of Sturgeon County for your schooling.
Applicants will also need to provide:

  • Proof of enrollment in a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Demonstrated community leadership and involvement within Sturgeon County
  • Essay submission (300 words max.) identifying:
    • Why you are qualified to receive the scholarship.
    • Achievements and contributions to the community.
    • Educational training being pursued.
    • Up to two (2) letters of reference.
About Dale MacMillan

Dale MacMillan was an integral member of the Sand and Gravel Extraction Committee.* He is remembered in the County as a man with a quick wit, and he had the uncanny ability to bring people together regardless of how far apart they may have been on any given issue.

Two of Dale’s favourite sayings were: “if you want something done or to see something changed, step up to the plate” and “people have a responsibility to leave this world a better place” — Dale lived up to both.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Dale pursued a career in accounting and, after marrying Gale (GiGi) Quintal in 1974, became a long-term resident of Calahoo. The father of two children, Reagan and Damian, Dale enjoyed playing hockey and loved the outdoors. Dale quickly became a strong community leader, active as a coach, fundraiser, and event organizer. Dale also served as past president of the West Sturgeon Agricultural Society.

Dale passed away in 2002 and left many legacies – his commitment to community involvement and education, his caring and compassionate nature and this memorial scholarship created in 2003 – but his two children are his greatest and most important legacy.

*The Calahoo-Villeneuve Sand and Gravel Advisory Committee ensures the sustainability of the scholarship fund, evaluates the applications and selects the recipients. The scholarship(s) will not be awarded if no submission is suitable. Scholarship recipients may not re-submit in a subsequent year. The scholarships are made possible through the Calahoo-Villeneuve Gravel Community Enhancement Fund.

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