Red Deer County on Tuesday presented $ 300,000 in grants to 18 community groups, including nearly $ 64,000 to the Red Deer Titans Rugby Football Club.
The club, which is a non-profit organization, will use the money to build a playground and add a fence and an irrigation sprinkler at its site in the county just south of Red Deer. The club also helps with fundraising and volunteer work and equipment to build the playground, which is open to the public.
The county council approved funding through its Rural Community Facilities Capital Assistance Grant program, which has distributed $ 3.3 million to community organizations since 2007.
The Icelandic company Stephan G. Stephansson has also received significant financial assistance. A total of $ 30,100 will be donated to the company to modernize the equipment of the historic Buttermaker House in Markerville and repaint the Markerville Creamery Café. As a Provincial Historic Site, the existing creamery paint must be removed by hand using traditional methods and repainting must also be done with a brush.
The Markerville Community Association will also receive $ 7,500 for fireplaces, tables and other additional items, which will be used to increase the number of campsites by 13.
Other organizations to receive funding include the Benalto Booster Club, which plans to use its $ 15,000 grant to add ice rink boards to the outdoor rink near the historic train station.
Another outdoor rink in Springbrook will also be renovated with a $ 15,000 grant. An old skate shack is being replaced with a modified canoe as part of a project that is also being funded by money and volunteer help from the Springbrook Community Association.
As usual, most of the grants will be used to help repair, maintain and beautify the county’s many community halls. The application for funding from the Spruce View Community Association is typical. The community group will use approximately $ 45,700 to add air conditioning, replace the sound system and purchase picnic tables.
Other groups that receive funding are:
• Lousana Community Hall – $ 36,300
• Hub Center Community Association, Pine Lake – $ 6,499
• Poplar Ridge Community Center – $ 14,064
• Center Valley Community Hall – 32 998
• Great Bend Community Center – $ 1,400
• Oklahoma Community Center – $ 24,664
• Glenellen Community Center – $ 3,987
• Golden West Visitor Center, spruce tree view – $ 6,600
• Central community hall – $ 7,515
• Spruce View and District Agricultural Corporation – $ 20,000