old Lake City Council has approved $95,000 in grant funding, to be split between 23 different community groups in Cold Lake.
According to the city, the funding is going towards helping groups put on numerous activities including sports tournaments, cultural festivals, recreation and educational activities; many of which add to the local economy. Cold Lake Mayor Craig Copeland says since the end of the pandemic the Cold Lake area has become a hub for these sorts of events.
“Whether it’s venues, accommodations, dining or even volunteers, we have the infrastructure and amenities to handle these events,” Copeland says. “From provincial tournaments to events like Feast at the Beach, the groups who’ve applied for the grants are the ones that are making things happen, they are bringing people to our community. The city is happy to be in a position to help.”
The funding comes from the Community Recreation, Art, Culture, and Heritage Investments grants. Some of the organizations receiving funding include the Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation, the Cold Lake Chamber of Commerce Association, Hearts for Healthcare, and the Ride for Dad Lakeland Challenge. A full list of recipients can be found here. (https://coldlake.com/en/news/over-95-000-in-grant-money-given-to-local-groups.aspx)
According to the city, the grants are offered four times a year, with the spring and summer seeing the most applications usually; however, the Grant Committee saw the highest number of applications they have ever seen this spring. According to the city, “this speaks well to the activity that is happening in the City of Cold Lake.”
Summer grant applications are being accepted and the application deadline is August 3rd.