Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd announced this morning the Bezanson Agricultural Society is one of many non-profits to receive a provincial grant.
The society has received a $750,000 Community Facility Enhancement Program grant that will help expand the existing facility to create a multi-use recreation facility.
“With this money, it does give us a good start date, we’ve been able to finalize our start date of end of September with the $750,000 from the Alberta Government, so it’s very much appreciated and give us that extra boost that we really needed,” said Bryan Fenton, President of the Bezanson Agricultural Society.
Fenton also said thanks to the grant the group only needs to raise another $400,000 before the new facility’s completion.
“Which we feel is very achievable during the project building and stuff like that during construction,” said Fenton. “The construction timeline’s going to be about a year, so we still have another year to try to raise that other $400,00 that’s required.”
Once completed the new multi-use cultural centre will be able to host large, up to 400 people, cultural, sporting and agricultural events.
“It’s a very, very exciting project. It’s been well supported within our community. We had just a fabulous turnout here today from our community in support for the cheque awarding here from the Alberta Government and the honourable Marg McCuaig-Boyd, so it’s just very exciting within the community. We’ve got lots of support behind us.”
More than $4.1 million in grants were approved during fiscal 2016-17 to assist projects in northwestern Alberta. Provincewide, the total approved is $62.1 million.
Other non-profits from around the Peace region were also selected to receive an award from the provincial government.
Examples of other northwestern region projects approved for funding include:
– High Prairie and District Regional Recreation Board: $80,803 from the Community Facility Enhancement Program to assist with renovations and upgrades to the High Prairie Aquatic Centre
– High Level Native Friendship Centre Society from the Community Initiatives Program Project-based to help host the 2016 Aboriginal Day Celebration
– Smoky Applied Research & Demonstration Association in Falher from the Community Initiatives Program Project-based to support the cost of hosting the 2017 SARDA Agricultural Trade Show
– Rotary Club of Peace River Society from the Community Initiatives Program International Development to help provide educational scholarships for girls in the Central African nation of Cameroon
– North Peace Youth Support Association in Fairview from the Community Initiatives Program Operating to help cover the costs of an executive director and staff training.
– High Prairie and District Food Bank Society from Community Initiatives Program Operating to assist with the costs of a coordinator and assistant coordinator.
More information on these grants can be found on the Alberta Culture and Tourism website.