Communities urged to apply for crime prevention grants

Alberta communities interested in reducing and preventing crime in their neighbourhoods are invited to apply for grants in the third year of the Safe Communities Innovation Fund (SCIF).

Community-based partnerships can apply for a three-year grant of up to $500,000 annually to implement pilot projects designed to reach at-risk populations and their families, and address the root causes of crime. Projects totaling $100,000 or less annually can now apply through a new streamlined application process. Funding criteria, application forms, and a list of the first-year and second-year SCIF projects are available at http://www.safecommunities.gov.ab.ca/scif. The deadline for applications is Nov. 5.

Since 2008, 60 projects have received grants totaling $40 million under the fund. Community pilot projects being supported include immigrant youth mentoring in Edmonton, domestic violence prevention in Calgary, and Aboriginal youth supports to discourage criminal behavior in Fort McMurray.

The three-year $60-million Safe Communities Innovation Fund supports community-based and community-police partnerships to deliver their crime prevention pilot projects.

Any municipality, Aboriginal community or non-government organization together with their partners can apply. In addition, the fund supports the development of municipal, regional or Aboriginal community crime reduction and prevention plans.

• Alberta provides aid for Pakistan

This week, Premier Ed Stelmach announced that the Government of Alberta would be stepping up to help with relief efforts in Pakistan after severe floods ravaged the area

“Like many Albertans and Canadians, I have been shocked to see the devastation in Pakistan from the serious flooding that has occurred in the past three weeks,” said Premier Stelmach.”

The Government of Alberta will provide $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist relief efforts underway in the country.”

Reports from Pakistan suggest an estimated 20 million people in more than 70 per cent of the country are affected by the worst flood conditions in 80 years.

“Albertans have a reputation as a caring people who help those in need, here at home and around the world,” said Culture and Community Spirit Minister Lindsay Blackett.

“We are pleased to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Albertans and relief organizations like the Red Cross to provide support and assistance to those in Pakistan affected by the terrible flooding.”

The relief money comes from the other initiatives program administered by the Ministry of Culture and Community Spirit.

• Province seeks input on proposed expansion of Nordegg area park

Albertans are invited to provide feedback on a proposal to add approximately 164 hectares of public land to Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area, near Nordegg.

The proposed expansion will help meet increased recreational demand, and improve public safety and site management efficiency. The expansion would enable nearby trails, wetlands, and shorelines to be included within park boundaries. This expanded area would be considered for future facility development.

Albertans are invited to review the proposal and comment online at www.albertaparks.ca/consult.

Comments will also be accepted by mail at:

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Fish Lake PRA Boundary Proposal

2nd floor, Oxbridge Place

9820 – 106 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J6

Feedback must be submitted by Oct. 13. A decision regarding the proposal will be made after the 60-day public consultation period is over and all comments have been considered.

Fish Lake Provincial Recreation Area is a popular destination for camping and fishing and is located five kilometres east of Nordegg. Established in 1996, the provincial campsite has 92 campsites that are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

As the MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, I am always available to assist constituents. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of my constituency offices at Stettler 403-742-4284; Hanna 403-854-4333; Drumheller 403-823-8181; or in my Legislature office at 780-427-2137. Also, please subscribe to my e newsletter at http://hayden.mypcmla.ca/.

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