file photo

file photo

City of Wetaskiwin awarded $20 million in grant funding

The City was awarded over $20 million in grant funding throughout 2020.

The City of Wetaskiwin has been awarded $20,097,055.00 in grant funding throughout 2020 from both the provincial government, federal government and Community Food Centres Canada.

In the approval of the 2020 municipal budget, a new position—grants coordinator was designated for the City. Previously, each City department applied for and managed their own grant applications individually.

This year the grants coordinator centralized the grants application for the City of Wetaskiwin, and the City contributes a large part of its success in obtaining these sizable grants to this position and the centralizing of grant applications.

“Working through an incredibly hard time—both economically and with the pandemic—it is very encouraging to have the support from our provincial and federal partners,” stated City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam. “While some of our grant dollars this year is based on population and through existing agreements, the City has taken a very active role in pursuing grant funding to help offset our costs which in turn directly benefits our residents and business owners.”

benefits our residents and business owners.”

The breakdown of the grants received is as follows:

Community Food Centres Canada

• Good Food Access Fund:

o Grant amount: $80,000

o Support for community members experiencing food security issues as a result of COVID-19 including food hampers, produce and gift cards.

• Good Food Access Fund:

o Grant amount: $20,000

o Gift cards to further support community members experiencing food security issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government of Alberta

• Alberta Municipal Water Wastewater Partnership:

o Grant amount: $12,900,000

o Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades.

• Community and Regional Economic Support program:

o Grant amount: $34,375

o Economic development investment readiness and attraction report.

• Community Outreach Coordinator:

o Grant amount: $65,000

o Community Outreach Coordinator staff position for the City of Wetaskiwin’s Intensive Case Management Program.

• Municipal Stimulus Funding:

o Grant amount: $2,661,682

o Asphalt overlays on 40 avenue (56 Street to 64 Street) and 48 Street south of 37 Avenue of South East Industrial.

• Municipal Sustainability Initiative:

o Grant amount: $2,661,682

o Funding to support 2020 capital projects including the public works shop replacement.

• Municipal Operating Support Transfer:

o Grant amount: $1,286,432

o General Administrative shortfalls associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken in response to it.

Municipal Policing Assistance Grant:

o Grant amount: $301,240

o Funding to support annual policing costs.

• Police Officer Grant:

o Grant amount: $200,000

o Funding for two police officer positions.

• Social Services Support for COVID-19:

o Grant amount: $75,500

o Support for community members during COVID-19 including the Feed More program, Community Kitchen Support, hygiene kits and front-line staff.

• Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program:

o Grant amount: $210,000

o Lighting upgrades at the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport.

Government of Canada

• Canada Summer Jobs:

o Grant amount: $16,800

o Summer student employment positions.

• Federal Gas Tax Fund:

o Grant amount: $723,888

o Funding to support local infrastructure priorities for 2020 including lane line rehabilitation and storm sewer rehabilitation.

• Reaching Home COVID-19 Emergency Funding:

o Grant amount: $17,850

o Emergency self isolation supplies for Wetaskiwin’s homeless population including sleeping supplies, food, basic necessities, personal protective equipment, and sanitization supplies.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Thursday that the province was ready to move forward with Phase 2A and B in the coming weeks. (Photo by Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier)
COVID restrictions for retail, sports and performers further eased

Occupancy in stores and malls boosted to 25 per cent from 15 per cent

Advocate file image
Red Deer COVID cases continue to decline

249 cases in Red Deer, down from 565 peak on Feb. 22

(Photo from Highway 11 Functional Planning Study)
Public input wanted for Highway 11 improvement plan

Round 2 of public online engagement continues until March 10

File photo
Gov’t of Alberta identifies estimated 300 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

Online COVID-19 dashboard unavailable as upgrades being completed

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

A SAGA member (left) poses as Jessi Hanks (right) with Castle Restaurant puts up a safe space sticker to display on the restaurant’s front door. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
SAGA Wetaskiwin works with local businesses to display they are a safe space

The safe space stickers show that its a safe and inclusive space.

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during their appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Alberta Appeal Court orders 3rd trial for parents in toddler’s meningitis death

Stephans were accused of not seeking medical attention sooner for Ezekiel, who had meningitis when he died

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vaccine hesitancy decreases in B.C. as mass immunizations set to begin: poll

Two-thirds of British Columbians, and Canadians, would get the vaccine as soon as possible

A woman walks through Toronto’s financial district on Monday, July 30, 2018. A new poll suggests most Canadians believe there’s still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in this country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Canadians, especially women, say gender equality not achieved in Canada: Poll

Poll results themselves underscore the challenge, with more men believing equality had been achieved

This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, left, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey. (Joe Pugliese/Harpo Productions via AP)
Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift

Meghan said she struggled with concerns within the royal family about her son’s skin colour

Kiara Robillard is seen in an undated handout photo. When the pandemic began, Robillard had to rush back home to Alberta from California, where she had been living for five years, after she was struck by a truck that broke her spine in two places. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kiara Robillard, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘It kind of clicks:’ Text4Hope program helps with depression, anxiety during pandemic

Participants receive one text message every morning for three months

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Supporters rally outside court as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church is in court to appeal bail conditions, after he was arrested for holding day services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday March 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
‘Law remains valid:’ Pastor accused of violating health orders to remain in jail

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing the pastor

Most Read