Community League Capital Funding Up $1.5 million
Ok, the good news first! We were successful in getting another $1.5 million in funding earmarked for the Community League Infrastructure program for 2012!
This means $3 million will be available as matching funds to fix up old community league facilities (halls, rinks, basketball courts etc.) and to build new facilities as well in 2012! Edmonton City Council recognized the need for this funding and voted unanimously to support the new allocation of funds. If you submitted applications in 2011, but did not get funds be sure to re-apply this year. Please also try to find out why your application in 2011 was turned down. Was it because your project did not meet the criteria for the funds or was it simply because there wasn't enough money? Ask your community recreation coordinator to help you figure this out and then re-apply.
We also asked City Council to support our new community league development program in 2012 and they agreed to provide the EFCL with $30,000 in additional funding to match the money committed by our own EFCL members through fee increases. As you may recall the EFCL membership approved the fee increase in October when we proposed launching new development and training programs for community leagues. So watch for details of new development and training programs in 2012!
Thanks to Councillors Ed Gibbons and Kerry Diotte for taking the lead on our motions before council and thanks to all of council for their support of community league infrastructure in 2012.
Living Local Arts and Heritage Grants Announced
The Living Local Arts and Heritage Neighbourhood Project awarded $75,250 to local community league arts and heritage projects. Thanks for the Edmonton Arts Council for $50,000 of this funding and to the Heritage Council for $20,000 in funding! The EFCL kicked in $5,250 to support the program. The EFCL was able to save money on a few initiatives in 2011 and come up with the relatively small amount of cash support.
The grants went to the following projects:
1. Illuminated Boyle (Boyle CL)
2. Hazeldean Green: Connecting in Place (Hazeldean CL)
3. Alberta Avenue Oral History Interpretive Project (Eastwood, Alberta Ave, Parkdale Cromdale CLs, Norwood Neighbourhood Assoc)
4. Child Artists in Action (Newton CL)
5. Living Local Mill Woods (Mill Woods CL Presidents Council)
You can find more information online in EFCL news.
Order Your 2012-13 Membership Supplies
To order online first login with your CLAdmin account – an email notice has gone to everyone who has a registered email on their online account. Log in with your EFCL CLAdmin (do not create a new account) and then find the supply store at efcl.org / Store / 2012 – 2013 Membership Campaign Supplies. Order deadline is February 10, 2012. If you need assistance contact Val (email@example.com) at the EFCL offices.
That's all for now. Our new board package will be out next week.
District B Rep.