(Advocate file photo.)

(Advocate file photo.)

Red Deer arts, sports groups can apply for post-pandemic recovery grant

The City of Red Deer is launching a $380,000 pandemic recovery grant program for local arts and sports groups.

The Pandemic Relief and Recovery Fund was developed by The City of Red Deer as a one-time grant to help local culture, arts, heritage, recreation, and sport organizations that have experienced, and still face, operational challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re pleased to offer financial assistance for community groups who have struggled to operate over the last two years,” said Barb McKee, Recreation Superintendent.

“Our culture and recreation organizations provide valuable, diverse opportunities that provide important quality of life activities for Red Deerians, and we want to assist them in their recovery to help ensure they can continue to support our community.”

Groups eligible for Community Culture Development Fund (CCDF) and the Community Recreation Enhancement Grant (CREG) are invited to apply for the Pandemic Relief and Recovery Fund (PRRF).

A total of $380,000 is available, with a maximum of $10,000 per applicant.

Eligible expenses include items such as wages, training fees, restart costs, rent, utilities, insurance, communications expenses, equipment, office and program supplies, evaluation costs, and other ongoing operating requirements.

Applications will be accepted online until April 8 at 4 p.m. (Printed and hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.)

To learn more and apply online, visit www.reddeer.ca/prrf.

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