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COVID Community Roots Program

Funded projects

Organization name and project Community Funding use
Building Brains Together; Basic program support Lethbridge Building Brains Together purchased equipment and created 200 weekly take-home activities for families to support them in active, non-screen, outdoor play with their children during the pandemic.
Fort McKay Womens Association; After-school and summer camp program Fort McKay Supplies, such as sports equipment, tables, chairs, hand sanitizer and gloves were purchased to eliminate sharing equipment between children during recreation programs at the after-school program and summer camp.
Hinton Friendship Centre; Play in the Park Hinton Play in the Park is a program focused on keeping youth connected to their Indigenous culture and promoting healthy lifestyles and recreation. These funds supported the Play in the Park program with pop-up tents, supplies, crafts, plates, cutlery and water bottles as well as additional PPE to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.
Boys and Girls Club of Leduc; Renovate and retrofit the club Leduc The Boys and Girls Club used the funds to renovate and retrofit the club by installing acrylic barriers, social distancing markers, signage and sanitation stations to keep child/youth members, their families and staff safe during reopening.
Town of Edson; Zoom-based Parent Café Edson The Town of Edson created free virtual events, hosted by Parent Café, that help support individuals who are facing mental health concerns and isolation during COVID-19. The funds cover the speakers and facilitators of each virtual event and a Family Fun Bag program which includes pre-planned activities for children, families and seniors in the community.
Lethbridge College Be Fit for Life; Summer camp in a box Lethbridge Because of COVID-19, camps were held online with guided instruction for crafts, activities and learning. Funds were used to provide summer-camp-in-a-box and the boxes were delivered to campers’ doors before camp started.
Boys and Girls Club of Foothills; Digital online program Eden Valley Reserve #216, Longview, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, High River, Nanton, Vulcan and Crowsnest Pass The Boys and Girls Club of Foothills had to close their doors because of COVID-19. Program funds supported digital and online programing for children, youth and families to remain connected for the remainder of 2020 and 2021.
Town of Banff; Senior specific fitness program Banff Funds were used to provide indoor and outdoor senior fitness programs led by certified instructors and free of charge.
Town of Canmore; Summer camp Canmore Funds were used to support the day camp program by providing PPE, sanitizers and increased cleaning measures to ensure everyone’s safety.
Fort McKay First Nation; Play equipment Fort McKay Prior to COVID-19, Fort McKay worked with local organizations to offer summer camps. Because of COVID, the community of Fort McKay closed its gates. Funds helped to purchase equipment, such as balls, art supplies and exercise mats that would have been otherwise supplied.
Shine Lloydminster; Walk and Talk program Lloydminster Shine Lloydminster provides mental health prevention support to children, youth and families within the community. Because of COVID-19, they created a program called Walk and Talk. Funds were used to purchase arts and crafts and pop-up tents for the eight-week summer program. Camp themes include humor, communication, setting intentions, gratitude, mindfulness, creativity, self-compassion and growth mindset.
Town of Drumheller; Camp program and subsidy Drumheller The Town of Drumheller partnered with local organizations, such as the Family Resource Network, Drumheller Library and the Drumheller Asset Development Coalition to provide an outdoor youth summer camp for children and youth ages 11 to 18. Funds were used for programming surrounding building resiliency, mentorship, physical activities and creative projects. Funds were also used to subsidize camp fees for low income families.
Town of Whitecourt; Summer camp Whitecourt The Town of Whitecourt runs a summer camp program called The Rotary Totally Unplugged. Funds were used to cover PPE for the summer camp.
Samson Youth Sport and Development; Survival program Maskwacis The Samson Youth and Sport Development program created a survival and gardening initiative for children and youth ages eight to 16. The program teaches gardening skills, small garden plot and seed transferring, survival camping and cooking, developing cultural skills of building a natural camping sites and more. Funds were used to support the program and develop posters and social media marketing material for it.
Longview ARC Society; GO ME program Longview The Longview ARC Society runs an outreach program call GO ME for isolated seniors. Funds were used to purchase portable speakers and a Bluetooth headset to help program participants to hear better. Funding also helped the program provide prepackaged snacks and cleaning supplies.
Bezanson Agricultural Society; Floorcurl games Bezanson/County of Grande Prairie No. 1 Due to many restrictions brought about by the pandemic, the community started focusing on ways to create opportunities for seniors to connect while maintaining safety protocols. Program funds were used to purchase equipment for floorcurl games so that seniors can socialize and get active.
Boys & Girls club of Whitcourt & District; Summer camp Whitecourt With many closures in the community, the Boys and Girls Club of Whitecourt decided to run summer camps for children between the ages of four and a half to 11 years old. The funds were used to help the summer camps run safely by increasing staffing, cleanliness and sanitization.
Leduc County; Drive-in concert and movie Leduc, Warburg, Thorsby, Calmer, Rollyview and New Sarepta Leduc County used the funding to bring a little fun to the community. Funding was used to pay for musicians and artists for community drive-in style concerts and movies. They put on concerts with the Lazy Susan’s, the Borch Brothers and two movie showings. 
South Country Treatment Centre; Life skills program Lethbridge The South Country Treatment Centre is a residential substance abstinence facility that serves people with addictions. Funds were used to support their life skills program, horticulture therapy program and art and music therapy program.
4 Wing Military Family Resource Centre Society; Resource centre Cold Lake The 4 Wing Military Family Resource Centre Society had to close its doors because of COVID-19. In preparing to open its doors safely to the community, the centre required new plastic chairs and needed to repurpose and reconfigure the centre to meet the AHS guidelines. The funding was used to purchase chairs and other sanitation products to open their resource centre safely.
Town of Edson; Move it up challenge Edson & Yellowhead County Because of the pandemic and many limitations to physical activities, the community hasn’t had as many opportunities to get active. Program funds were used to support the "Move it up challenge" that focused on increasing the physical activity of residents in the community.
Town of Devon; Low-cost/free programming Town of Devon During the pandemic, the community of Devon has expressed a need for alternative programming supports to reduce isolation and increase community connection. The funds were used to support the running of physically distanced, in-person workshops by supporting the purchase of supplies and paying facilitator fees.
Little Red River Cree Nation Health Services; Community tower gardens Little Red River Cree Nation - North of Edmonton Because of the pandemic, Little Red River Cree Nation has limited access to healthy food choices. The funding was used to purchase tower gardens so the community can grow their own garden and allow the youth and students to gain first-hand experience in gardening.
Park Valley Pool; Safety equipment for pool Drayton Valley and Brazeau County The pool has been restricted. Now, all attendees need to be screened, contact-traced and the pool equipment needs to be sanitized regularly. Funds were used to purchase new equipment for their pool, including buoyancy belts, high density noodles, aqua bells and aqua steps.
Fairview Fine Arts Society; Online arts supplies Fairview The Fairview Fine Arts Society provides education and access to equipment and support for local artists, schools, seniors, special needs groups and the general public. Funds were used to support online arts instruction and material packages.
Redcliff Senior Citizens Society; Safe seats Redcliff With the increased sanitization protocols, the Redcliff Senior Citizens Society required equipment that would be easy to disinfect. The funds helped to purchase vinyl chairs for the seniors that could be sanitized easily and properly
Thorsby Family and Community Support Services; Going virtual Thorsby Funds were used to support the program in purchasing four laptops to help make virtual workshops more accessible for families without the financial means to purchase hardware such as laptops.