Canada 150 celebrations are planned across the country this year to mark the special anniversary.
The County of Grande Prairie will be joining the festivities, as council handed out $100,000 to 14 local groups on Monday.
Manager of Parks and Recreation Christine Rawlins says rather than doing one big County event, they determined this would touch more people.
“We felt that this would reach further across the County,” she said. “We certainly had specific criteria that were written into the grants. We wanted to make sure applicants were meeting that criteria, so there were a couple that were eliminated unfortunately.”
A total of 20 community groups applied for the funding.
“We certainly tried to distribute them right across the County geographically, so that the funds were offering rural opportunities for people to celebrate Canada 150 within their communities,” Rawlins added.
Here is a full list of the groups receiving funding:
– $10,000 to Bezanson Community Groups for a Canada 150 wood carving monument
– $10,000 to the Clairmont & Area Seniors Centre & Agricultural Society for enhanced Canada 150 celebrations at the Clairmont Fall Fair
– $10,000 to the Homestead Hall Association for a Pioneer Honour Wall in Valhalla Centre
– $10,000 to the Rio Grande Sports Association for a legacy Canada 150 flag pole and fireworks at Rio Grande Rodeo
– $10,000 to the Wembley Parks & Recreation Society for enhanced community Canada 150 celebrations
– $7,800 to South Peace Regional Archives to design the legacy publication of the Olwen Sanger-Davies hand painted diary
– $6,800 to the Borderline Cultural Foundation & Demmitt Cultural Society for a special Canada 150 Anniversary concert
– $6,400 to the Town of Beaverlodge for a Canada 150 legacy mural project
– $6,000 to the Canada 150 Emergency Services Ball Committee (consisting of County of Grande Prairie Regional Fire and Enforcement Services, City of Grande Prairie Enforcement Services and Fire Department, Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership, Alberta Health Services and Emergency Medical Services) for the joint emergency services Canada 150 Regimental Ball
– $6,000 to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum for a Century of Paleo in the Peace Country stairwell graphic
– $5,500 to the La Glace & District Agricultural Society for enhanced Canada 150 fireworks and entertainment at Go & Show Days
– $5,000 to the Red Willow Boys & Girls Camp Society for enhanced Canada 150 celebrations to commemorate the new kitchen launch
– $4,000 to the City of Grande Prairie for enhanced pyromuscial fireworks
– $2,500 to the Dimsdale Recreational Society for a Canada 150 Family Fun Day