COVID-19 Relief Funding Application
On March 17, 2020, the Government of Alberta (GoA) declared COVID-19 a public health emergency. Under public health orders issued by the GoA to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all community centres and recreation facilities across the province were ordered closed to the public. Facility and program closures have significantly impacted the revenue generated by community associations and social recreation groups operating on City-owned land. These groups now face challenges meeting basic operating costs to keep their facilities running and sustained over the long term.

Who is eligible to receive funding?
On May 11, 2020, Council approved a relief package of $6 million to the Community Sustainability Reserve (CSR) Fund. Organizations with an active lease or license of occupation (LOC) with The City (through the Community Association or Social Recreation Long Term Leasing Policy, CSPS011: Lease/License of Occupation to Community Organizations) are eligible to apply.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate funding requests:
  1. Significant impact on operations due to COVID-19 public health orders including lost revenue associated with a facility closure;
  2. Compliance with lease/license of occupation;
  3. Fixed operating costs during facility/program closures, including utilities, insurance, and non-negotiable building operations expenses up to a maximum of 75 per cent, that cannot be covered by the organization’s existing revenues;
  4. Demonstration that the organization has challenges using existing cash flow to meet operating costs;
  5. Assessment of the level of funding based on the size and scale of the organization’s operations;
  6. Assessment of the organization’s eligibility to access available funding programs from other orders of government to address funding gaps.
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