Performing arts, sports and rodeo organizations will get $17 million in provincial aid. The groups have been “hard hit” by the pandemic as they’ve lost their revenue but still have ongoing overhead costs, the government said. The $12-million Stabilize Program will provide one-time grants to cover up to 25 per cent of eligible expenses of non-profits that host rodeos; professional and elite amateur sports organizations; and non-profits that own and/or operate arts venues. The Stabilize Donation Matching stream will allocate $5 million to match private donations (from a minimum $250,000 to a maximum $1 million) dollar for dollar to eligible non-profits. The application deadline is Feb. 18. For details, go to alberta.ca (search for ‘stabilize program’).
Mental health training courses
Several sessions of the Mental Health First Aid course are being held in the next two months. The course provides training to help people better manage mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. This includes how to know signs and symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help, and how to guide someone towards appropriate professional help. The eight-hour course, which is done online, consists of two hours of reading and preparation along with two three-hour sessions with a facilitator and certified instructor. For more info and to register, go to domore.ag/how-to-do-more.
Funding for 4-H clubs
Just over 200 4-H clubs across the country will share $100,000 from Farm Credit Canada. The donation provides up to $500 per club for developing existing programs; covering costs associated with local events; and exchanges, supporting volunteers, or purchasing resource materials. In all, 203 clubs will receive a grant, with 57 4-H clubs, districts, and regions in Alberta receiving $28,500.
Animal care awards
Applications are being sought for the Alberta Farm Animal Care Awards of Distinction. The awards recognize individuals or groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of livestock welfare. There are three categories — innovation, communications, and leadership. Details and nomination forms (due by Feb. 10) can be found in the Awards section of afaclcc.ca.