Seven Prince Albert organizations received more than $115,000 in grants as part of an announcement made by the Community Initiative Fund (CIF) on Tuesday.
“Through any of our programs, we look to work with organizations whose mandate and objectives are aligned with our mandate and objectives,” CIF executive director Tracey Mann said.
Prince Albert organizations received grants that ranged from $5,000 to $25,000. A total of almost $3.33 million was donated to organizations across the province. Those organizations were notified of their funding by late November or earlier this month.
The grants were awarded based on applications that were sent to the appropriate grant-adjudication committees, which are made up of people who are familiar with the specific region that they are reviewing applications from.
“It would be people who would know about the organizations in Prince Albert and the kind of work that they’re doing,” Mann said. “They make recommendations to our board of directors regarding the funding, and it is our board of directors that has the final authority for approval of the grants.”
According to Mann, about 75 per cent of the organizations that apply for grants usually receive them. She said the amounts fluctuate because they are based on a number of variables, including the amounts requested by organizations and the different maximums that are allowed for the CIF’s grant programs.
Annually, there are three application intake deadlines, including one in February, one in April and one in October, with the February deadline specific to summer programming.
“Typically, we see more applications at the April 1st deadline than the Oct. 1st deadline,” Mann said. “We see applications from the same organizations on a fairly regular basis, which is fine. We’re fairly consistent in terms of the number of applications that we see coming in.”
Mann said the number of applications tend to be the highest in larger communities such as Regina and Saskatoon.
“It makes sense because that tends to be where more organizations are based,” Mann said.
Among the grant recipients was Prince Albert’s River Bank Development Corporation, which received $16,000 for its community kitchen program. The program is meant to teach participants how to make healthy and affordable meals that can be shared with their families.
It takes about five to eight people to run one of the 30 community kitchens that run on a regular basis around the city.
Charlene Cyr, co-ordinator for the community kitchen program, said the funding will be put toward expanding the program.
“We want to teach people about budgeting, we want teach them about baby food, blanching vegetables -- storing things in the freezer ... If we can, we’d also like to do a canning workshop,” she said.
Prince Albert grants
(group, project and grant amount)
• Canadian Mental Health Association
Prince Albert MHFA and ASIST Workshops for Rural Region
• Family Connections and King George Volunteer Centre
Making a Difference One Family At A Time
• Healthy Choices For Kids Committee
After School Program 2012-13
• Mikisew Preschool Corporation
Mikisew Cook and Book
• Prince Albert Co-operative Health Centre
Learners with Purpose/Wisdom from Within
• River Bank Development Corporation
Community Kitchen Program
• West Gate Community Centre
Transitional Housing Advocate
Total: $115,716 for Prince Albert